****ART WORK NEEDED FOR OSKAR’S ALUMINUM CANS
Can’d Aid and Ball Corporation are looking for artists of all ages and skill levels (students, amateurs and professionals) to submit their original artwork. The winning artist’s work will be featured on Can’d Aid’s 12 oz. aluminum cans filled with clean drinking water. Through Can’d Aid’s Water + Response program, this water will be shipped to communities in need in response to natural and human-made disasters. To date, over 2 million cans have been shipped nationwide.
Can’d Aid water is packaged exclusively in infinitely recyclable aluminum cans in an effort to help eliminate single-use plastic waste. As such, all artwork submitted should convey the importance of recycling, sustainability and the benefits of aluminum. Look at the bottom of their webpage for key aluminum facts.
Entry is free and open to EVERYONE. All eligible artwork must be submitted by March 15, 2021 at 11:59 MST. A panel of judges will select the top 5 artists. Then, the general public will pick the grand prize winner via online voting from April 5-12th.==1st Place will be awarded $5,000 and artwork featured on Can’d Aid water cans, 2nd Place: $1,000, 3rd Place: $500
See Can’d Aid’s Website for more information!
****MINI DIORAMAS – no payment – just fun
THE STONE CUP: Join the Picture Portal Project! Everyone is invited! Build a diorama – it can be anything you choose – a collection of favorite things, a miniature room or landscape, a painted scene, whatever you fancy! Then, drop it off at the Stone Cup on Friday or Saturday, March 19 or 20, 8am-1pm. We’ll hang them up and folks can stop by and take a look through the month of April.
****7th Annual PEEPs SHOW == LONGMONT LIBRARY ANNUAL Literary Diorama Contest – ONLINE!
Submissions: February 22-March 19
Voting: March 26 – April 1
Winners Announced April 2
Due to COVID-19 and the continued need for social distancing, the Library’s PEEPs Literary Diorama contest will not be held in the Library’s lobby this year. Instead, we’re repeating last year’s version of the contest by moving it online. We’re going to create a virtual gallery of all the great dioramas you have created! Three age categories for entries, and seven award categories. Go to their web site for more information on how to submit it (via photo).
It’s easy to participate. There are only three rules:==Dioramas must be constructed by the entrant out of a shoebox or other cardboard support.==Dioramas must have a book theme.==Dioramas must contain 1 or more Peep(s).
LYONS ARTS & HUMANITIES PROGRAMS
==PAINT A UTILITY BOX: Call for artists! The Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) seeks artists for the next in our Creative Outlets series. The Creative Outlets program enhances our community and brings beauty to unexpected places, by adding color and interesting designs to utility boxes in Lyons. The utility box is located in beautiful LaVern Johnson Park. Compensation for painting the selected utility box is $1,000. Deadline to apply is April 5, 2021. Information and application on our website: https://www.townoflyons.com/643/Creative-Outlets
==ART DISPLAY: Larry Cohan’s Neighborhood Retrospective is at the Lyons Regional Library. View it virtually here, or make an appointment with the Lyons Regional Library to view it in person.
==OUTDOOR SCULPTURE IN LYONS: Check out the rest of the heARTS of LYONS, an outdoor collection of art – all over town on Clio – Your Guide to the History and Culture Around You. You can also download Clio in your app store and take a tour around town!
==FUNDRAISER FOR LAHC: Purchase a Lyons Baby Bell to support the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission. Each bell is $3.00 and they are available at Western Stars Gallery. The funds will go towards Lyons arts programs such as Creative Outlets and heARTS of LYONS and other art endeavors in the Lyons community. Stayed tuned to find out more about what the LAHC is planning for the next several months!
RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
==Complete Guide to 2021 Artist Grants & Opportunities via @ArtworkArchive
==Colorado Creative Industries Website has an extensive list of opportunities and resources for artists!
==City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture’s website has an extensive list of resources.
==Hyperallergic’s Monthly Opportunities Listings
==The Dance Archive is accepting nominations for the 2021 Legends of Dance, an annual event that honors people and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to dance in the Rocky Mountain West. Nominees may include dancers, choreographers, teachers, artistic directors, patrons, and promoters whose careers span years of proven importance. For information or to nominate, contact Joan Brown.
==PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program is open for application. The PlatteForum approach — teaming Resident Artists with youth and the community — makes a valuable contribution to the community’s cultural discourse, fosters personal growth for the artist, and positively impacts the lives of participating individuals.
==Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC) Network’s January and February artist residency deadlines list is available on their resources page. Visit the AAC Artist Resources page for information on hundreds of more residency opportunities as well as application, research, and funding tips. Also, be sure to visit their ever-expanding Emergency Relief Programs resource page for artists facing income loss and unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19.
==The Boulder County Arts Alliance has established a ‘Seeking Collaborators’ section on their bulletin.
==The Boulder Library is offering remote access to Colorado Grants Guide, an online grant funding research tool. Use your library card for access.
**THANK YOU to Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission for compiling this list**
WOMEN’s HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM
Women Artists Respond to Place
By Center for Colorado Women’s History
March 31 – 3p.m. – free – virtual thru ZOOM
The significance of landscapes, places, and narratives of all kinds will be examined through the works of contemporary women artists in Smithsonian collections. The Center for Colorado Women’s History is working with the Smithsonian to spotlight some of the Smithsonian scholars featured in the publication Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity and Vision from the National Collection*. This talk supports the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, designed to create, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women.
Featuring: Tuliza Fleming, PhD, Curator of American Art, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rebecca Trautmann, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, National Museum of the American Indian
Articles on sculptors in Lyons
Large hearts for large public arts = Meet the Artist, Mitch Levin
February 11, 2021
For the past two years, Lyons was graced with two outdoor “heart” sculptures, done by the same artist, Mitch Levin. It was part of the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) temporary public art collection.
The Bell of Renewal = Meet the Artist, Anita Miller, Lyons
The owl and bell sculpture has been installed next to the Fourth Street bridge, along the St. Vrain River, across from the Rocky Mt. Botanic Gardens. The dedication ceremony took place on September 11, 2020, which was the seven-year anniversary of the Flood. It has been added to the heARTS of Lyons Outdoor Public Art Collection as Legacy artwork – a permanent piece of public art in the Town’s collection.