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Boulder International Film Festival

Art from Ashes has been selected as the first Nonprofit Partner in the Call 2 Action program of the Boulder International Film Festival 2015!

C2A circle logo_shadowA collaboration of Boulder International Film Festival, Philanthropiece Foundation, the Twisted Foundation, and committed local leaders, Call 2 Action offers concrete ways for filmgoers to take the energy and passion inspired by film and move from concern to action.

Because of AfA’s connection with the Jimmy Santiago Baca film “A Place to Stand,” Art from Ashes has been provided a platform “to raise awareness for the incredible service that [you] provide for our community by introducing the power of poetry and art to transform lives.”

Art from Ashes Executive Director Catherine O’Neill Thorn will introduce the film at 10am on Sunday, followed by the screening. Tickets are $8 and $10: buy them here!

Post-screening, there will be a TalkBack (panel discussion) in the “TalkBack Cafe” just across the street from the Boulder Theater on the Pearl Street Mall. The TalkBack is open to anyone who wishes to find out more about the film and our work with youth, and will feature Jimmy Santiago Baca, Art from Ashes Executive Director Catherine O’Neill Thorn, and Art from Ashes youth poet Prinjastin Sykes.

Download the program here. (we’re on pages 15 and 35 :D)

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SCFD Free Days

SCFD is a major funder of Art from Ashes programs in Denver, Adams and Arapahoe counties. Many funded arts and culture organizations provide free days. Here’s a list for March! 

Scientific & Cultural Facilities Free Days

Denver Art Museum – March 7
Clyfford Still Museum – March 6, 13, 20, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. & March 27, all day
Denver Botanic Gardens – March 22

Boulder International Film Festival

THIS JUST IN! Art from Ashes has been selected as the first Nonprofit Partner in the Call 2 Action program of the Boulder International Film Festival 2015! A collaboration of Boulder International Film Festival, Philanthropiece Foundation, the Twisted Foundation, and committed local leaders, Call 2 Action offers concrete ways for filmgoers to take the energy and passion inspired by film and move from concern to action. Because of our agency’s connection with the Jimmy Santiago Baca film “A Place to Stand,” Art from Ashes has been provided a platform “to raise awareness for the incredible service that [you] provide for our community by introducing the power of poetry and art to transform lives.”Stay tuned for the Boulder International Film Festival and the film “A Place to Stand,” based on the life of Jimmy Santiago Baca, March 5-8 in Boulder!

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2014 Colorado Gives Day Dec 9th

CGD 2014Colorado Gives Day is December 9th this year, and your donation carries even more weight because of a FirstBank incentive fund. we would love you to consider Art from Ashes youth as the beneficiaries of your generosity.

We’re also having a party at Appaloosa Grill between 6 and 9 pm on the 9th to celebrate our donors and youth and staff and board and volunteers and… well, everyone who has made AfA possible for the past 11 years!

And if you would rather give early, you can do that, too, by selecting the CO GIVES DAY button when donating .

We could really use the support, this year in particular. Please help out with however much you are able! http://bit.ly/afacogivesday

Powered By Art podcast with Catherine O’Neill Thorn

Executive Director, Poet, Healer, Mentor and Activist Catherine O’Neill Thorn discusses her work with at-risk youth and the philosophy behind the empowering nature of poetry with Michael Keen, Program Director at Museum of Outdoor Arts and host of Powered By Art. She guides listeners through a poetry prompt (the 30-second silences while the host wrote his answers were edited out). Try the three-minute prompt and discover your inner poet!

Also included is a poem by a 12-year-old boy which was written using the Art from Ashes method and shows the incredible creativity latent in us all.

Listen to the Podcast

SCFD Funding!

Funders_SCFD_Logo-vertArt from Ashes was awarded SCFD funding for 2014/2015 from three counties: Adams, Arapahoe and Denver.

Funding will be used for programs and operational support. Thank you, taxpayers for supporting the arts and sciences in Colorado!

Since 1989, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history.

Out Front Power Party

Franklin Cruz, PJ Sykes and Catherine O’Neill Thorn represented Art from Ashes at the Out Front third annual Power Party! Thanks Jerry and JC, owners of Out Front, for the invitation. Stay tuned for YouTube performances!

Art from Ashes deemed one of the top 50 youth arts organizations in nation

nahypAfA was named a Finalist for the prestigious President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. In the certificate from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Art from Ashes is noted as “one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country.” The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities “bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives under our Honorary Chairperson First Lady Michelle Obama.”