100 Colorado Creatives: Sculptor and Westword Artopia participant Jeff Erwine

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"Paula's Last Dance," Jeff Erwine.
What's your day job?

I'm an artist day and night. I not only work on my own creations, but I also partner with local businesses to help them with creative solutions for installations, signage and interior/exterior art placement.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

I would want to develop more youth art programs. Art is a teaching tool not only for creativity but also for mathematics and all aspects of learning. This is very dear to my heart. As a dyslexic, art helped me overcome a lot of learning difficulties and understand and comprehend what I was being taught.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Keep art in schools by increasing funding, promoting youth art shows, and bringing in a variety of artists. Over the years, art in schools has been cut, and it's sad to me to see the creativity taken out.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

Eric Matelski -- I am inspired by his drive and passion for art for himself and others. I wouldn't be a Denver artist without his help and encouragement.

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One way the arts can be funded in the schools.

The sports organizations always have money, I think they would be a good funding partner for the visual arts.

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