100 Colorado Creatives: Lisa Gedgaudas
#27: Lisa Gedgaudas
Lisa Gedgaudas works behind the scenes as program director for Create Denver: While we enjoy the evidence of her efforts in art exhibits at the McNichols Building and public forums like the recent Denver Music Summit, she's running the numbers on who's out there in the local creative world, what they're doing and what it might take to keep them here, with success, in Denver. But she's also an artist herself in an administrative role, lending support to other artists, and that's a powerful combination. How does she keep the balance? We got some answers from Gedgaudas via her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Steve Crecelius Video mapping on the McNIchols Building by Legwork, for City Beautiful 2.0.
As a painter, I understand that the language of abstract art forms rely greatly on composition. What would we get if we put Jonas Mekas (the godfather of avant-garde filmmaking), abstract painter Mark Rothko and poet ee cummings into a studio together for a few months? I wouldn't mind stepping back in time and composing a collaboration with these three. What could we find, with great conversation, collaboration and some time?
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
One of the most inspiring organizations that we have partnered with is Creative Capital out of New York City. The nonprofit organization develops adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. Their pioneering model and commitment to working in partnership with artists (that also teach artists) is something Create Denver continues to strive for.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
None of them. Whatever they may be or have been, they had you talking, thinking and maybe even inspired a trajectory in you to make something (instead of, faster than, sexier than, quieter than, more funny than, simpler than).
What's your day job?
To know who the creatives are in Denver and understand what they need to be successful. I work out of the recently opened McNichols Building as program administrator of the Create Denver initiative through our city agency, Denver Arts & Venues, and I've been given an opportunity to understand more about our creative sector, harness it and to help it thrive. In 2006, when our now Deputy Director, Ginger White Brunetti, started the initiative under the Hickenlooper administration, Denver's artists and enterprises such as film, music, fine art, galleries, art districts, and fashion and design where overdue for recognition and city support. The support we provide now includes business development resources, a revolving loan fund for creatives, research including the Creative Vitality Index (CVI), ongoing collaborations that share in dialog and deliberate connections across sectors, as well as experimentation in programs and the showcasing of local talent.
Create Denver can play a vital role in recognizing our local arts and cultural assets and providing a greater platform for creatives to live, work and play (and stay) in Denver.
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