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Three Art from Ashes youth poets

NEW Youth Ambassador Program

One way for youth to exercise their power by having more choices, which is why we created…

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Giving Tuesday 2020

Mark your calendars to pack a local punch on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Join donors from…

First Friday Instagram

You can still hear our powerful youth poets perform their powerful youth poems every First Friday via Instagram Live @afaphoenix

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Writing Kits

More than 80 Phoenix Rising creative writing kits have been delivered to schools and other agencies thanks to a generous grant from TGYS!

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Share Your Poem

Hello, Creative Genius! Have a poem you’ve written from one of our prompts? You can share it with us right here!

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…

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…

Events

First Friday Youth Workshop

FREE PIZZA! FREE POETRY PERFORMANCE! RESPECT FOR YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS!

All youth ages 12 to 24 are invited to join us at Art from Ashes every First Friday of the month at 4.30 pm for a FREE one-hour Phoenix Rising poetry and spoken word workshop, followed at 5.30 by a FREE 45-minute performance workshop, featuring a performance poet. All youth are welcome; free pizza provided.

You don’t need to already write poetry/spoken word, because you ARE poetry!

WE BELIEVE IN YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS AND THAT YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL!

Workshops are at our location just off the 10th and Osage light rail station. Just DROP IN!

The first 10 youth willing to perform their workshop poems will receive $10!

Contact Sarah Lanzarotta at Art from Ashes, for more information.

First Friday Youth Workshop

Free spoken word and poetry workshop for youth!
Free performance by a featured poet!
Plus, get paid to perform your own poems written in only three minutes!
And most of all…RESPECT FOR YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS!

First Friday

All youth ages 12 to 24 are invited to join us on Zoom every First Friday of the month at 5 pm for a FREE one-hour Phoenix Rising poetry and spoken word workshop and mini performance workshop, featuring a performance poet. All youth are welcome; you don’t need to already write poetry.

WE BELIEVE IN YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS AND THAT YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL!

For those who want to stay and perform, Instagram live performances begin 6pm. The first 10 youth volunteering to perform their workshop poems will receive $10 each.

Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required at Art from Ashes, for more information.

Celebration of Light


The Art from Ashes annual Celebration of Light brings together the beautiful humans in our community to observe the triumphs and accomplishments of the year. Light is the common bond that unites diverse holiday celebrations at the end of the year. It signifies hope, rebirth, and guidance—all things Art from Ashes values. These values are honored when we come together to applaud the youth we serve and the community it takes to serve them. We ask everyone to shine a light on the Art from Ashes youth with their unwavering support and kindness at this special time of the year!

Give where you live!

Please join us at our annual Celebration of Light party on Colorado Gives Day at our location on 10th and Navajo. We’ll have adult and other beverages, great food, holiday art projects, youth and community poets, and our entertainment will feature the talented poet and musician Kayla Marque!

Running of the Gays 2018

Running of the Gays: Hoofin’ it in Heels for LGBTQ+ Youth

Come out and join Denver’s LGBTQIA community and Allies as we run toward a better future for youth at the 9th annual Running of the Gays!

Running of the Gays flyerGet yer heels (and ankles!) ready to roll… or strut, or hop, or stumble in a 3-block “marathon” in heels to fund creative empowerment programs for queer youth in the Denver community. The event is organized by Art from Ashes, Denver’s LGBTQIA* community and Allies. Each year runners are asked to raise money through sponsorships to trot 3 blocks down 17th Avenue in heels, starting at Ace Eat Serve patio next to Steuben’s Food Service followed by an all ages (until 1.30 pm) after party at X Bar!

Proceeds contribute to continuing transformational creative programs for local youth who identify as LGBTQ+. While the event is silly, the statistics for our LGBTQ+ young people are decidedly unfunny: gay and lesbian youth are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than other youths, and 30% of all completed youth suicides are related to the issue of sexual identity; 45% of gay males and 20% of lesbians surveyed reported having experienced verbal harassment and/or physical violence during high school as a result of their sexual orientation; 26% of gays and lesbian youth are forced to leave home because of conflicts with their families over sexual identity. Art from Ashes provides creative programs with proven results that improve self-perception and increase involvement with and connection to the community.

Run a 3-block marathon in heels to help fund creative empowerment workshops for the queer youth in our community! Register with a $40 donation below:

RUNNERS Register here: bitly.com/ROTG2018
(or send by cash or check to Art from Ashes, 1310 West 10th Ave, Denver CO 80204)
The fee entitles runners to the ROTG “I brought the gay” t-shirt, a goodie bag, a free Mimosa courtesy of Steuben’s, and a foot massage!

Runners also seek sponsorships from friends and family to raise money for the youth programs. Download the Runners Packet for more info!

SPONSORS SUPPORT YOUR RUNNER HERE!
If you are sponsoring a specific runner, please enter their name in the Special Instructions field of the Donate Now window.

BUSINESS PARTNERS SUPPORT THE MARATHON HERE!
So many thanks to our wonderful business sponsors, most of whom have been sponsoring Running of the Gays since 2010! If you’re interested in supporting our youth program, please download our ROTG Sponsor Menu.

Runners gather at the bullpen at Ace Eat Serve/Steuben’s at 11 am to sign in, stretch and enjoy the street show. After Party, foot massages, drag show and silent auction at X Bar from noon to 2 pm!

See on our ROTG Facebook page to see the photos from previous years, as well as find out more information. And be sure to join this year’s event HERE!

Ace Eat Serve

Steubens

Outfront

Fleur Salon

X Bar

The Bank of Denver

Charlie's Nightclub Denver

Pizzeria Locale

Thank you to all those who have “come out” in the past. Re-live the fun here:

First Friday Performance

VIRTUAL YOUTH & GUEST POET PERFORMANCE!

Log in to listen to the voices of young creative geniuses and a featured guest LIVE on Instagram at 4pm!

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, our monthly First Friday workshops and performances have been temporarily suspended in favour of a virtual performance on Instagram. For those of you unfamiliar with Instagram, easy instructions are below.

This event features youth spoken word performances by young people ages 12 to 24 tell their stories in metaphor through poems written in only 3 minutes. A guest poet from the community will join the youth to provide encouragement and to promote access to the arts.

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For Instagram novitiates! How to watch Instagram live:
Use a smartphone (not a tablet or desktop!)
If you haven’t set up your own Instagram account, do that
and if you have, log in and search for @afaphoenix 
Click on our profile (If you’re not already following us, please hit follow!)
If our logo has circles around it, that means we are LIVE; Click on the logo. (You don’t have to hold it down to watch.)
You can also leave us comments (or poems email hidden; JavaScript is required" alt=":heart:" aria-label="heart emoji" data-stringify-type="emoji" data-stringify-emoji=":heart:" />) while in our page!

Introductory Adult Workshop

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Reigniting Your Creative Genius

The Phoenix Rising process is designed to allow participants to recognize their inherent creative power and how perception affects our identity and our reality. Art from Ashes uses the latest research in left-brain/right-brain functioning and the role of creativity in transformation to encourage participants to access the creative subconscious and the power available through artistic expression.
:: Saturdays from 11 am to 12.30 pm, April 22 – May 27 with Catherine O’Neill Thorn
$175 payment for the entire series of 6 one and a half hour workshops :: pay by check, cash, call us with credit card information, swipe or pay online with Paypal (below)

*You don’t need a Paypal account to pay through Paypal


Choose which series



Introductory Adult Workshop

afa-adult-workshops

Reigniting Your Creative Genius

The Phoenix Rising process is designed to allow participants to recognize their inherent creative power and how perception affects our identity and our reality. Art from Ashes uses the latest research in left-brain/right-brain functioning and the role of creativity in transformation to encourage participants to access the creative subconscious and the power available through artistic expression.
:: Saturdays from 11 am to 12.30 pm, April 22 – June 3 with Catherine O’Neill Thorn (skipping May 20)

Wednesday Phoenix Rising Drop-In

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 DROP IN!

**UPDATE!**
For those young people who like to come early and hang out, we now have the opportunity from 2.30 to 4 pm to participate in some art projects. It’s warm, it’s friendly, it’s a safe space, and it’s fun. Hope to see you there!

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

Wednesday Phoenix Rising Drop-In

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 DROP IN!

**UPDATE!**
For those young people who like to come early and hang out, we now have the opportunity from 2.30 to 4 pm to participate in some art projects. It’s warm, it’s friendly, it’s a safe space, and it’s fun. Hope to see you there!

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