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The Green Box Arts Festival has put out a call for volunteers for June 23 – July 13, 2013 in Green Mountain Falls. The Green Box Arts Festival, launched in 2009 to provide artists and visitors an opportunity to nurture the creative process and explore new artistic directions in the natural beauty its surroundings, will highlight an impressive lineup of artistic exhibits, performances and classes.

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As an essential component to the success of this community festival, Green Box is seeking dedicated and energetic arts and culture lovers to act as docents for the Rocky Mountain debut of Tomás Saraceno’s “Cloud City” interactive sculpture, which was most recently displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). Green Box volunteers are needed June 23 through July 13, are required to commit three hours at minimum and will receive an official volunteer t-shirt. “Cloud City” volunteer assignments are offered in three-hour shifts, beginning at 1:00pm and 4:00pm daily.

 

For more information about Green Box Arts Festival and to sign up for volunteer time slot(s) visit www.greenboxarts.org/, and click on “Volunteer,” under “Green Box Arts Festival,” or visit our volunteer services center at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs.

 

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2013 Green Box Arts Festival Schedule

The 2013 Green Box Arts Festival features an exciting array of activities, exhibits and classes. In addition to access to “Cloud City,” available to visitors each day from 1-7 p.m., these additional offerings include a photography exhibit; a variety of youth activities; adult activities such as jewelry making, creative movement and drawing and painting; concerts from the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, folk band Haunted Wind Chimes, and fiddle sensation Kyle Dillingham; a dance showcase by New York City dance company Keigwin + Company; a roundtable with American author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Blake Bailey, and more. The full schedule of events, class registration and volunteer registration is available online at greenboxarts.org. Many events are free to the public.

 

History of The Green Box Arts Festival

The Green Box Arts Festival was founded in 2007, and is held in Green Mountain Falls each summer. The Festival’s goal is to provide artists and visitors an opportunity to nurture the creative process and explore new artistic directions in the picturesque small town setting. A selection of past participants includes Keigwin + Company and sculptors Ben Roth and Jason Hackenwerth. Additionally, artwork from sculptor Olafur Eliasson and contemporary sculptor and photographer Kenneth Snelson was showcased at the festival. The festival’s foundation was laid in 2006 by Keesee, whose family history with the Pikes Peak area dates back to the 1900s, from which time members of the family have been in continuous residence, and active supporters of the development of the community’s cultural environment. Keesee first sponsored a dance residency program by Keigwin + Company that year, under the leadership of company founder Larry Keigwin, and the company has returned to Green Mountain Falls every year since. As the residency program progressed from year to year, an interest in diversifying and expanding activities quickly grew in the community, culminating in the formation of the Green Box Arts Festival. Partnerships with the Pikes Peak Library District, Town of Green Mountain Falls and Church in the Wildwood make the full range of activities possible. “Cloud City” is part of Keesee’s robust personal art collection.

 

About The Green Box Arts Festival

The Green Box Arts Festival was launched in 2009 to provide artists and visitors with an opportunity to nurture the creative process and explore new artistic directions in the natural beauty of Green Mountain Falls, Colo. The foundation for the festival was laid in 2006 with the sponsorship by Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee of a dance residency program by New York’s Keigwin + Company, and grew as interest in diversifying and expanding activities increased each year, through partnerships with the Pikes Peak Library District, Town of Green Mountain Falls and Church in the Wildwood. Members of the Kirkpatrick family have been in continuous residence in Green Mountain Falls since 1900; during that time, the family has been active supporters of the community and the development of its cultural environment. More information is available online at greenboxarts.org.

 

About Tomás Saraceno and “Cloud City”

Tomás Saraceno is internationally regarded for his visionary projects that explore the possibility of a future airborne existence – a literal “cloud city.” Informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences and engineering, his floating sculptures and environmental installations draw on geometries and phenomena of the natural world to propose new ways of inhabiting our environment. From small-scale sculptures to life-size interactive environments, each of the artist’s projects invites viewers to conceptualize – and, at times, physically experience – innovative ways of living and interacting with one another and with our surroundings at large. Cloud City consists of sixteen interconnected aluminum modules that visitors are encouraged to enter and explore. Habitat-like, and inspired structurally by elements such as clouds, bubbles, foam and bacteria, this work is an example of Saraceno’s ongoing pursuit of an Air-Port-City, his vision of a floating metropolis composed of habitable, solar-powered platforms that migrate and recombine as freely as clouds themselves.  As viewers move through the structure, surrounded by transparent and reflective surfaces, they not only experience new notions of space from within, but also a new expanse of space above and beyond the work itself.

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Green Mountain Falls Access and Area Attractions

At an altitude of 7,800 ft., picturesque Green Mountain Falls is home to various festivals and events year-round. Surrounded by Pikes Peak National Forest on three sides, the town is located near popular area attractions including the famous Cave of the Winds, Cliff Dwellings Museum, Garden of the Gods, Pike’s Peak and the COG railroad. An extremely popular hiking destination, visitors also enjoy fishing, swimming, biking, tennis courts, and ice skating in winter, as well as the town’s unique restaurants, pubs and shops.

 

Green Mountain Falls is located just 30 minutes from the Colorado Springs Airport, while Denver International Airport, offering direct flights from most major markets, is located 100 miles away, or a little more than an hour’s drive. Green Mountain Falls is just minutes from the towns of Woodland Park, Chipita Park, Manitou Springs and Cascade.

 

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