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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Denver and Loveland, Colorado, March 9–10, 2016

Town Hall with Chairman Chu in Denver on March 9

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NEA Chairman Jane Chu by Strauss Peyton Studios

Washington, DC—Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will visit Colorado March 9–10, 2016. During her visit, Chairman Chu will give remarks at the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ (CBCA) awards luncheon, take part in a public Town Hall, participate in a song-sharing workshop with local high school students, visit the Loveland Arts Campus, and meet with Phamaly Theatre Company. Follow @NEAJaneChu on Twitter for updates and photos on her trip to Colorado.

Chairman Chu’s visit to Colorado will begin on March 9 at the CBCA Annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon in Denver, where she will give the keynote address. These awards celebrate inspiring arts and business partnerships from across the state. Media who wish to attend this event should contact Meredith Badler, at 303-282-5135 or mbadler@cbca.org.

That evening, Chairman Chu will participate in a Town Hall, hosted by Colorado Creative Industries, CBCA, Denver Arts & Venues, and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Chairman Chu will speak about the NEA’s 50th anniversary and why arts matter and take questions from the audience. This event is open to the public. Click here to RSVP. Media who wish to attend this event should contact Christy Costello at 303-892-3724 or christine.costello@state.co.us. Chairman Chu will be available for short interviews prior to the Town Hall; contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov to request an interview.

On the morning of March 10, Chairman Chu will visit Northfield High School where Colorado Creative Industries is hosting a song-sharing workshop with students as part of its Detour program. This program is a statewide pilot that creates a model of music touring as a community-based, sustainable, and creatively rewarding practice. Members of the band the Flobots will lead students in a song-sharing workshop where the students will discuss the history of song, the meaning of song in their lives, and then share songs with one another.

Next, Chairman Chu will travel to Loveland to see the Loveland Arts Campus. Chairman Chu will first tour the Feed and Grain Building and learn about the plans to redevelop the building. Next, she will see the Artspace Loveland Lofts, an affordable artists housing program, and visit resident artists in their studios. In 2013, Artspace Projects received an Our Town grant from the NEA to support a temporary art gallery and public engagement activities related to the redevelopment of the historic Feed and Grain Building in Loveland. The Artspace Loveland Lofts inspired Colorado Creative Industries’ program Space to Create Colorado, the first state driven initiative for affordable housing for artists in the nation.

Chairman Chu will then return to Denver, where she will meet with Phamaly Theatre Company, an NEA grantee which produces professional scale plays and musicals year-round throughout the Denver Metro region, cast entirely of performers with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Chairman Chu will see a rehearsal for the upcoming production of Taking Leave, followed by a discussion with staff, actors, and community partners about their work as a leader for disability in theatre.

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary, the NEA is creating a story bank of multimedia content that showcases the impact of the arts. To date, hundreds of people from across the country, including Colorado, have submitted stories about how the arts and the National Endowment for the Arts have impacted their lives. Visit the NEA’s website to learn more about these stories and to see a video about the arts and culture of Colorado.

The following events are closed to the public, except where noted, but open to media. Media should contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744 if they would like to attend any of the site visits or request an interview with Chairman Chu.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016—Denver

11:15am–1:30pm  CBCA Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon

Location: Denver Performing Arts Complex, Sewall Grand Ballroom, 1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Deborah Jordy, executive director, CBCA


3:40–3:55pm  Media availability with Chairman Chu

Location: The Studio Loft, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 908 14th St. Denver, CO 80202


4:00–5:00pm  Town Hall, open to the public

Location: The Studio Loft, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 908 14th St. Denver, CO 80202

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Margaret Hunt, dir., Creative Industries Division & Space to Create, Colorado


Thursday, March 10, 2016—Denver and Loveland

9:15–10:15am  Song-sharing workshop with the Flobots

Location: Northfield High School, 5500 Central Park Boulevard, Denver, CO 80238

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Margaret Hunt, director, Colorado Creative Industries

Ron Castagna, principal, Northfield High School

Sheila Sears, deputy director & arts education, Colorado Creative Industries

Jamie Laurie and Stephan Brackett, founders, Youth on Record

Northfield High School 9th Grade students


10:15–10:30am  Media availability with Chairman Chu

 Location: Northfield High School, 5500 Central Park Boulevard, Denver, CO 80238


11:30am–12:20pm  Tour of Loveland Arts Campus

Location: Tour will begin at 130 West Third Street, Loveland, CO 80537

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Shannon Joern, senior director of national advancement, Artspace

Rachel Robinson, director of property development, Artspace

Felicia Harmon, local consultant to Artspace

Margaret Hunt, dir., Creative Industries Division & Space to Create, Colorado

Tim Schultz, president & CEO, The Boettcher Foundation

Artspace Loveland Lofts resident artists


12:20–12:30pm  Media availability with Chairman Chu

Location: Artspace Loveland Lofts, 130 West Third Street, Loveland, CO 80537


3:00–4:00pm Site visit with Phamaly Theatre Company

Location: 4061 S Eliot St, Englewood, CO 80110

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Bryce Alexander, artistic director, Phamaly Theatre Company

Maureen Ediger, executive director, Phamaly Theatre Company

Tamara Arredondo, development and marketing director, Phamaly Theatre Company

Cast of Taking Leave

Mikayla Houser, executive director, Autism Society

Amelia Schafer, vice president of programs, Alzheimer’s Association,

Gene Sobcek, interim communications director, Alzheimer’s Association

Deborah Jordy, executive director, CBCA

Margaret Hunt, dir., Creative Industries Division & Space to Create, Colorado

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to the 50th section at arts.gov to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse the Facts & Figures section, and check out the anniversary timeline. 

Contact

Liz Auclair (NEA), auclaire@arts.gov, 202-682-5744

Christy Costello (Colorado Creative Industries),  christine.costello@state.co.us303-892-3724