100 Colorado Creatives: Evan Weissman
What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
Money doesn't fix all things but it can help for sure. I truly appreciate the SCFD but I think if we inverted the way the funds were distributed (giving the bulk of it to smaller organizations and individual artists instead of the largest five institutions) we'd see more innovation, more community connection and ownership of the arts, economic activity and just better work. Additionally, I think the time, money and energy spent on training and preparing young folks for war at our state's military institutions could be better spent on training and preparing young folks for creative work. An army of artists with salaries and housing and health care, set to respond to problems in the state: Rad!
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
Ravi Zupa is brilliant. Chris Weed's sculptures are so damn fun. Rick Griffith's aesthetic and philosophical wisdom are needed. Kagen Schaefer's woodwork is genius. And honestly, my pals at Buntport are continually inspiring, and I am always amazed by what they each do.
What is 2013 looking like for you?
I am so jazzed for 2013! I hope to open up the world's first civic health club where folks can come and have fun and engage in civic issues and not be bored and maybe munch on some good cookies together. I believe the creativity and supportive community we have in Denver makes this possible, and 2013 looks like it will be filled with wonder, curiosity, magic and, if I dare to sound even more cheesy, love. If nothing else good happens, I'm getting married to a badass lady!
Intrigued by Warm Cookies of the Revolution? The next one, at 6 p.m. Monday, February 25 at the McNichols Building, is billed as a Civic Stitch 'n Bitch. Participants are invited to bring something to do with their hands -- no, you don't have to knit -- and the ladies of Lowbrow will facilitate some easy crafts, while a brigade of facilitators spark discussions on a variety of topics. It's free, and cookies and milk are included; get all the details on the Facebook event page.
Throughout the year, we'll be turning the spotlight on 100 superstars in Denver's rich artistic community. Watch for the next installment on Show and Tell -- and go to the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.
Who rocks YOUR world locally? Do you have a suggestion for a Colorado Creative? Leave it in the comments section below.