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“T-Shirts for Everybody and Experiment Now!,” a summerlong series of free T-shirt artmaking and experimentation throughout the community, produced by Concrete Couch in partnership with Cool Science, FutureSelf, Pikes Peak Library District and others
About Our Project:
“T-Shirts for Everybody and Experiment Now” is something fun that anybody can take part in, that recycles secondhand stuff, makes something cool you can keep and it’s a way to meet some neat people from all over the city. Here’s how it works: The Concrete Couch Dream Team (artists from Concrete Couch and FutureSelf) will host about 18 sessions where people of all ages and all abilities can make their own T-shirts using secondhand shirts, stencils, paint and sewing materials. The Westside ARC will donate T-shirts, and paint will be recycled from the El Paso County Hazardous Waste Recycling Program. We also will partner with Cool Science to offer about eight sessions of hands-on science, environmental and construction activities, with materials donated by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
All this will take place over the summer on Wednesdays in America the Beautiful Park during the Colorado Farm and Art Market; at Celebration Place in The Citadel mall; at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs; at Pikes Peak Library District branches; and at Grant Library at Fort Carson. If the centers stay open through the summer, we also will be at Deerfield Hills and Hillside community centers. We’ll publicize these sessions far and wide so everyone will have a chance to take part.
About Our Organization:
Concrete Couch works with kids and communities to create public art, to build community and to create environments and experiences that humanize our world. A nonprofit organization founded by artist Steve Wood and puppeteer Patti Smithsonian, Concrete Couch facilitates murals, sculptures, performance programs and other creative projects by partnering with hosts such as schools, community centers, municipal governments and Fort Carson. We work with kids of all ages, military veterans, seniors, military families and anyone eager to get hands-on with art. Some of our permanent projects throughout the region can be seen at Memorial Park, El Paso County’s Centennial Hall, D-11’s Community Prep High School and throughout Manitou Springs.
How The Project BenefitsThe Community:
Everyone can participate! About 20 to 40 artists and teachers will help run the projects, and an emphasis will be placed on creating an egalitarian and super-fun, learning-filled environment for all artist-workers and participants.
These sessions are free and will take place throughout the community – so everyone can experience a session close to their home. The art project is something anyone of any level or ability can enjoy – and, you can take your T-shirt home. How awesome it would be to see hundreds of people throughout our community wearing colorful, one-of-a-kind, recycled, inspiring T-shirts they made themselves! And chances are you’ll make some new friends, too!
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