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Pagosa as a creative center — be part of the process

When working together we ask ourselves four key questions: What could we do together? What should we do together? What will we do together? And how will we learn together?

FolkWest, Shy Rabbit, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, the Community Development Corporation, Karl Isberg and Leanne Goebel are collaborating to bring to life the Pagosa Arts & Culture Project. The effort is being supported by the Town of Pagosa Springs and the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners.

The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project answered the first two ,resulting in what we are doing collaboratively — bringing businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations together to accomplish two things: develop a database of creative assets in the area; and promote Archuleta County and Pagosa Springs as a center where creative individuals and businesses can find a home, and as a destination for visitors seeking to connect with a unique creative community.

Are you creative? A painter, a sculptor, a writer? Do you write music? Are you a member of a band? Is your handcrafted item for sale around the world? Do you whip up lotions and potions? Are you a performer of any kind? Do you design landscapes, buildings, logos or fashion?

Go to the Pagosa Arts & Culture Project website, http://pagosaacp.org, and upload your information, including photos and a link to your website. These items will then be seen by anyone accessing the database, giving you exposure in a vastly greater market than you now enjoy.

The website is the first step to developing a database of local cultural assets. The PACP wants to include nonprofit organizations, museums, arts-related businesses and cultural entities as well as individuals. Help with the effort by uploading your information. The end result of creating this website is that we can begin to promote Pagosa Springs as a creative center.

Additionally, The PACP is developing a video that will highlight Pagosa area creativity — the individuals and organizations, the culture and our phenomenal environment. Got some great clips or photographic images? Contact Leanne Goebel at artsjournalist@mac.com or call her at (970) 903-5272.

The video will be used to promote Archuleta County as the hub of creativity it is, and will help as we work to develop this area into all that it can be by attracting more creative industry and more creative people to live the lifestyle we know and love.

The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is currently funded by donations. The project has applied for grants. We are waiting to hear the results of grant applications, but we need your help. Go to the website and donate. Every little bit helps, from $10 to $10,000. The PACP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation may be tax deductible.

In the meantime, if you are an artist, a musician, a performer, if you engage in any type of creative pursuit, if you are a member of an arts organization or own an arts-oriented business — go to the website today and add your name and information.

Working together, we can build a creative haven and destination that will nurture and benefit us all.

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