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Writing Prompt-Guest House

Set a timer for three minutes and write without thinking or editing until the time is up! Here’s a prompt to help you get started…

Fury by Hayle

Read a wonderful poem written in only three minutes by Hayle, a 16-year-old creative genius at Endeavor Academy in Arapahoe County…

Creative Time Farewell

Although we’re saying a fond farewell to our Thursday Creative Time, we have a plan to keep the art happenin’! Wanna know what it is?

The Colorado Sun

Colorado Sun Article

Thank you to poet, activist and Art from Ashes board member Theo E.J. Wilson for this wonderful piece in The Colorado Sun!

The Colorado Sun

Poetry program helps inner city kids navigate their way past depression and suicidal thoughts

 

Writing Prompt-Defying Gravity

Set a timer for three minutes and write without thinking or editing until the time is up! Here’s a prompt to help you get started…

World Denver Youth Workshops

Each year World Denver partners with Art from Ashes to present our program to dignitaries around the world, including the Philippines, Great Britain, Malaysia and other nations. We also are privileged to provide workshops for the Iraqi Youth Delegation.

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for high school students and adult mentors is a program sponsored and funded by the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad and U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division. Through IYLEP, participants can develop skills in leadership and civic engagement through workshops as well as build mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the U.S. through homestays.

My Voice Is
By Tava

My voice is stuck
Between the real self
And the person I want to be
Who is the person I want to be?
It’s the person people want to see

A person that keeps quiet
A person that society wants
A person who ‘behaves’

Could the self be defined
Without society’s standards?
Is there such a thing
As the self?
With the personalities
And looks
That society has taught us?

If I grew in the mountains, the trees,
Next to the water
Would I have been louder?

Catherine O’Neill Thorn Honored As A Westword Colorado Creative

100 Colorado Creatives are chosen by journalist and artist Susan Froyd for the Westword honor and published on their site (below). You can read the Executive Director of AfA’s thoughtful and often irreverant ideas on the state of the arts in Colorado and her personal motivations and inspiration for her work. Susan’s Facebook post is also linked below.

Click here for the story in Westword

Click here for the Facebook post

2018 Westword Article

Catherine O'Neill Thorn is a Colorado Creatives in all the best ways, as an eloquent writer, speaker and poet, as well…

Posted by Susan Froyd on Monday, December 3, 2018

ROTG Recap

Running of the Gays flyerby Boone Riddle

High heels and high spirits, open hearts and open bar tabs, tears and twerking, performance and passion. At the intersection of activism and celebration, where vulnerable expression and raunchy comedy are served up in spades, where dedicated warriors pour out their souls as they pour another cocktail—THIS is Running of the Gays. 

The 9th Annual Running of the Gays once again put on this faux marathon in heels to highlight the brilliance of our youth. A silly event with the serious purpose of supporting empowerment workshops for queer youth.  

Our 2018 event was both a familiar family reunion, and a leap forward for our organization. Our incredible youth poets captivated the audience with open, raw, and frequently hilarious expressions of their struggles and their victories. Other performers threw down sultry musical performances as the crowd cheered and tipped and begged for more. However they chose to express themselves, the showcase of talent from our youth performers was a powerful, tangible display of their hearts—and AfA’s work to facilitate their transformation.

Running of the Gays continues to gain visibility with local media, community, and supporters. Many new faces joined the team and gave their all to make this event happen. Running of the Gays was even featured on the FOX31 network! Our incredible network of staff, volunteers, and donors is stronger than ever. Planning for next year’s Running of the Gays is already underway! This is all made possible by your support for Art from Ashes. Thank you. We’ll see you at the 10th Annual Running of the Gays next year!

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Ace Eat Serve

Steubens

Outfront

Fleur Salon

X Bar

The Bank of Denver

Charlie's Nightclub Denver

Pizzeria Locale

For some hilarious photos and videos of the event, check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RunningOfTheGays/

Writing Prompt-I am a poet

Set a timer for three minutes and write without thinking or editing until the time is up! Here’s a prompt to help you get started…

Events

Tuesday Drop-In Wordshop

AfA-TGYS Drop-In FlyerJoin Art from Ashes facilitators, other youth from the community, and guest poets for a FREE two-hour poetry and spoken word workshop every Tuesday at Art from Ashes on Inca between 8th and 9th.

Every Tuesday from 4.30 – 6.30; open to all youth ages 12-24.

We’ll provide the writing materials, art supplies, pizza and snacks! You provide the creative genius!

Email us if you’d like to let us know you’re coming, and if you want to be sure you get some food! 😀

(or just show up — we promise to feed you)

Contact our Director of Programs

Boulder International Film Festival

C2A circle logo_shadowArt 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.”
Art from Ashes will introduce the film at 10am on Sunday, followed by the screening.

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)
 Boulder International Film Festival March 5-8 in Boulder and the film “A Place to Stand,” based on the life of Jimmy Santiago Baca, at 10am on Sunday the 8th!

Buy tickets here!

Tattoos and Poetry

Get tattooed for a cause on Feb 7! All proceeds from the All Sacred Foundation fundraiser are donated to 4 amazing organizations: Art from Ashes, Art of War, Phoenix Multisport and Planned Pethood International.

Between the hours of 5 and 11 pm, there will be DJ’s; youth performances and writing/art prompts by Art from Ashes; prints and shirts for sale; and donation based massage! Drop in and hang out with us, have a good time, and learn about All Sacred Foundation and the organizations they support.

(check out the All Sacred Foundation Facebook page to book a specific tattoo artist or just drop in!

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Wednesday Drop-In Wordshops

2A-Rose Drop-In FlyerJoin Art from Ashes facilitators, other youth from the community, and guest poets for a FREE poetry and spoken word workshop at Art from Ashes on Inca between 8th and 9th.

Every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

While this wordshop is geared toward middle school age youth, all young people between the age of 12 and 24 are welcome.

We’ll provide the writing materials, art supplies, food and drinks! You provide the creative genius!

Email us using the form below if you’d like to let us know you’re coming or want more information…and if you want to be sure you get some food!
(or just show up — we promise to feed you)

Contact our Director of Programs

Tattoos and Poetry: All Sacred Foundation Fundraiser

AllSacred-Sept16Get tattooed for a cause! All proceeds from the All Sacred Foundation fundraiser are donated to four amazing organizations: Art from Ashes, Phoenix Multisport and Planned Pethood International and Colton’s Crusade.

On Sept 3rd, there will be a huge blowout event at The Oriental Theater! Save the Date and check out the All Sacred Foundation Facebook page to get updated information and to book a specific tattoo artist on the big day!

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Yoga & Poetry 2016

Yoga & Poetry

Join us for a 60-minute ALL levels vinyasa yoga class led by Courtney Chandler, followed by a 30-minute poetry workshop, with writing prompts focusing on creative empowerment.

Requested donation is $20, which will go straight toward funding Art from Ashes youth programs!

This blissful vinyasa class/workshop focuses on creating harmony in the body, mind, and spirit, to explore and encourage inner creativity and self-expression. You will pair breath to movement as you flow mindfully for a 60-minute all-levels vinyasa. A 30-minute poetry workshop will be facilitated immediately following the yoga asana, allowing opportunity for a deeper exploration of self-expression to unfold. This class will have you moving, breathing, writing, and creating a personally meaningful artistic expression! Don’t miss it!

First Friday

FirstFriday-postcard 2015Join us every First Friday in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe for youth spoken word performances at different venues on Santa Fe Dr. between 6.30 and 7 pm (during summer we will be performing on the corner of 9th and Santa Fe).

Much more than a public performance, youth gather at Art from Ashes at 4.30 for a FREE one-hour Phoenix Rising writing wordshop, followed at 5.30 by a FREE 45-minute performance workshop, featuring a local performance poet. All youth are welcome; pizza provided.

AfA facilitators and local artists/performers guide the youth through poetry writing prompts and spoken word presentations to prepare them for their community performances.

Contact Courtney Chandler, Director of Programs at Art from Ashes for more information.

Fireworks Rockies Game

Thank you to all who came! Check out our photos from the event!

Thank you to those of you who bought tickets so the youth could attend! Listen to the joy! (click link for a 40 second video): rockies2016

rockies-fireworks-posterWatch the Rockies play the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, Sept 30, 2016, and also watch fireworks from the field as part of the ticket price!

As a fundraiser and community builder for our youth, AfA is selling 50 Rockies tickets at face value. We have guaranteed seats in Section 149 (foul ball territory!) and after the game, we’ll be able to take our stuff and watch the fireworks from the field! (bring a blanket!)

Purchase your $40 ticket from us (no markup; in fact you save the $5 Ticketmaster fee!), and Art from Ashes gets $15 of that amount as a donation thanks to the generosity of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club!CoorsSeating_final

Some of our young people have never attended a baseball game and would love the opportunity to see a live game. Please consider purchasing a ticket for a young person, even if you can’t make it.

Pay through PayPal below (you don’t need an account) or mail a check to Art from Ashes, 853 Inca St., Suite 1A, Denver CO 80204. Be sure to let us know if you are donating one or more tickets to a young person. Purchase your tickets by Sept 24 and we’ll mail them out,** or you can stop by the office on or before the 29th to pick them up.

**Seats are in rows 8–13; best seat selection will depend on time of payment

Wednesday Drop-In Workshops

Drop-In FlyerJoin Art from Ashes facilitators, other youth from the community, and guest poets for a FREE poetry and spoken word workshop at Art from Ashes every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at 1310 West 10th Ave right next to the light rail station at 10th and Osage.

All young people between the age of 12 and 24 are welcome. We provide the writing materials, art supplies, guest poets, food and drinks… You provide the creative genius!

Email us using the form below if you’d like to let us know you’re coming or want more information…and if you want to be sure you get some food! (or just show up — we promise to feed you)

Thank you so much to the Tony Grampsas Youth Services (TGYS) and to the City and County of Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs Healthy Lifestyles grant, and to all our business sponsors and individual donors who make these workshops possible!

Contact our Director of Programs