“It’s everybody’s art center; we want everyone to participate and shape this’
Twelve years after its founding in 2010, the Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center is moving towards a permanent location.
On April 13, community members began shoveling dirt on two lots purchased by the nonprofit center at 465 Goddard Avenue in downtown Ignacio.
Representatives from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ignacio School District, Sky Ute Casino, SunUte Community Center, Ignacio Community Library and the Town of Ignacio joined in the blessings, speeches and best wishes for the new venture.
After years of moving to different locations, a permanent home will offer more space and greater visibility than the current space at Ignacio’s ELHI, a former primary school that has been converted into offices and an educational center and community.
“He’s really going to be able to offer so much more to the community,” said Anthony Box, chairman of the nonprofit center’s board of directors. “With our own facilities, we can have more classes, more artists… (and) workshops.”
The ELHI location “has been a great, great place,” he said, but without a visible building on Goddard Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, “people don’t know we’re there. “.
Both lots were purchased with a grant from a private donor and the Southwest Colorado Community Foundation, said Kasey Correia, the center’s founder and executive director.
The center is hosting a black-tie event on April 30 in hopes of raising $50,000, which will be matched by another private donor. This would provide enough funds to hook up to utilities, pour a foundation, and start on the outside of the building.
After that, the center will seek a loan from the US Department of Agriculture, as well as funding from Colorado Creative Industries, a branch of the Colorado Bureau of Economic Development and International Trade.
“The support for the new building is huge,” Correia said, noting that the center offers after-school art programs, take-home art kits, adult workshops, private studio space, pottery classes. and art healing sessions. “It’s everybody’s art center; we want everyone to participate and shape that.
More information about the project is available online at www.dancingspiritgallery.org.