CC Arts Mobile

Bringing the Arts to the Community

CC Mobile Arts is so excited to host our inaugural Arts Month programming series! We have incredible artists, organizations, and individuals that have collaborated to create some amazing events. Highlights include a Latin dance festival, film screenings and open mics, a poetry reading by acclaimed writer Nate Marshall from his new book “Finna”, and mobile ofrenda workshops to gather community remembrances. CC Mobile Arts has a very busy month of October planned in celebration of Arts Month 2021!

Mobile Arts is a robust program of Colorado College that seeks to provide recurring and diverse high-quality, multi-disciplinary arts experiences at no cost to the public. The program takes the form of an arts truck, complete with a stage, full sound system, and committed team of volunteers. Dynamic pop-up dance classes and performances, site-specific short plays, film screenings, a mobile printing press, and many more possibilities will be featured on the Arts Mobile.

Mobile Arts will emphasize collaboration, learning, experiences, and outreach. Community members can share ideas for programming of interest, local artists can book the van for shows and workshops, local institutions can request visits from the van to their sites.

Mobile Arts seeks to reach all corners of the city, represent the diversity of stories held here, and create spaces for the exchange of ideas, creativity, and joy!

CC Arts Mobile Schedule for Arts Month

Week #1, Visual & Culinary Arts

In celebration of Week 1: Visual & Culinary Arts, we will be hosting photography workshops, art classes at local high schools, and putting on a drag show, highlighting the launch of the Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ oral history project. These weeks, the Truck and our community partners will dive into the visual form in a variety of different methods and mediums, with the ultimate goal of increasing access to their arts across all ages, communities, and individuals in the Colorado Springs area.

“Conceived and coordinated by Dr. Rushaan Kumar of Colorado College, CC Mobile Arts is proud to present the COS LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Launch on Saturday, October 2 from 6:30-8:30PM in the parking lot across from the Fine Arts Center. The event will feature a hip hop and drag performances by stars Stoney Bertz and Porsha DeMarco-Douglas. Stoney Bertz is The Springs’ #1 hip-hop artist, who was awarded a 2015 Indy Music Award for best solo hip-hop act. Porsha DeMarco-Douglas, otherwise known as the Dancing Diva of Colorado Springs, has been a drag performer at Club Q for fourteen years.

The event will have an interactive audio exhibit to celebrate the launch of a new digital archive that highlights the stories of longtime LGBTQIA + residents of Colorado Springs. Please join us for a night of music, art, and community!

Week #2, Theater & Film

In celebration of Week 2: Theater & Film, our spotlight event this week is a screening of “A Village Called Versailles” on Tuesday, October 12 from 7-8PM. The movie highlights a Vietnamese American community in New Orleans as they overcome obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. It is a story of hope, trust, and imagining better futures! The screening is open to the public and will be held at Monument Valley Park near the Colorado College Athletic Center.

We will also be collaborating with Jaguart, Samba Colorado, Tish Hardy and the Lady Bosses for a Latin Fever Dance Festival on Friday, October 8 from 6PM late into the evening. This festival will celebrate multiple types of Latin dance including bachata, tango, salsa, cumbia and samba.

Week #3, Poetry, Prose & Comedy

We start off this week with a performance by Cipriano Ortega on Monday, October 11 at 5:30PM at 116 E Boulder St. This show weaves music and storytelling as Cipriano deconstructs the worlds around them. Then, CC Mobile arts collaborates with distinguished CC professor Nate Marshall and the Colorado Springs library for special readings of his new poetry book, “Finna”. “Finna” is composed of Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy. This week, we celebrate the poetic voices of our community, including works done by long term collaborator Ashley Cornelius, and other members of Poetry719, Irina Amouzou, and students from Colorado College’s Speakeasy. On Thursday, October 14 they will be at Library 21C (4-5:30PM) and Friday, October 15 at Penrose Library (2-4PM).

Week #4, Music & Dance

For Week Four of Arts Month, we have a number of festive fall collaborations! We will pop-up at a series of Trunk or Treat Festivals: Friday, October 15 from 5-9PM at the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum, Hillside Community Center on Saturday, October 23 from Noon-3PM, and the Hallo-Queen LGBTQ+ friendly trunk event on Friday, October 29 from 5:30-7:30PM at Hillside Community Center and ending with the Southeast Free Farmer’s Market on Saturday, October 30 from Noon-4PM at 3175 S Academy Blvd. All of these collaborations will culminate in a mobile ofrenda and celebration of Día de los Muertos happening on November 2 with mariachi, ballet folclórico, and a camino (path) from the CC Fine Arts Center up Cascade to Windom House (1132 N Cascade) as we celebrate and remember our beloved ancestors.

COLLABORATORS: Pikes Peak Children’s Center, Hillside Community Center, Solid Rock Corp., Inside Out Youth Services, Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

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