Diverse Fort Collins Update: Week of Sept. 3, 2019

Mural “Rise” by Gregg Deal at Redline Gallery. Photo by Diverse Fort Collins.

Hello, Diverse Fort Collins friends,

Summer has been busy, as usual!

Here’s a summary of happenings from the past couple of weeks, and highlights from our social media posts.

Starting this month, watch for updates on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.

Diverse Fort Collins News

Our Welcome post has been published at http://www.DiverseFortCollins and we’ll soon offer this message in Arabic, French, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish, thanks to volunteer translators! If you or friends are interested in helping us translate the Welcome post to other languages, please contact us at DiverseFoco@gmail.com

Regional Highlights

Redline Gallery is a Denver nonprofit that presented the 24 Hours Block Party on Aug. 10, focusing on socially engaged art projects and activities.

Artist Gregg Deal (originally from Park City, UT and now a Colorado resident) painted his mural “Rise” (depicting his 13-year-old daughter Sage) on the side of the gallery building, and took time out to speak with event attendees about his life and identity as an artist and as the son of a white father and a Paiute mother who was adopted by white parents.

Deal, a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, is a visual artist who gained national attention when The Washington Post covered his performance art “The Last American Indian On Earth.” Listen to his TedxBoulder Talk, “Indigenous In Plain Sight.”

Charlie Miller of DCPA Off Center recaps the year in immersive entertainment at the Denver Immersive Retrospectacle. Photo by Diverse Fort Collins.

The 2019 Denver Immersive Retrospectacle on Aug. 15 at the Denver Center for Performing Arts summarized highlights of the past year and featured several speakers and a keynote on Nordic LARP (live-action role playing).

The highlight (for Diverse Fort Collins, at least) was a presentation by Dan Griner of Otterbox on the importance of inclusion in immersive entertainment.

Tamara Banks (far left), panel and filmmaker Rebekah Henderson (front) at MTOB. Photo by Diverse Fort Collins.

More Than One Box: A Mixed Gathering is an annual event by and for multiethnic families and friends presented by Denver filmmaker Rebekah Henderson’s Tan Tigress Productions.

The Aug. 17 event included two panel discussions moderated by journalist and filmmaker Tamara Banks and screenings of the documentaries “All Mixed Up: Our Changing Racial Identities” about Colorado residents who are of mixed heritage and “A Short Roundup,” a “where are they now?” look at a few of the Asian American boys who auditioned for the role of Short Round in “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom,” one of whom would grow up to be the co-founder of Choir Choir Choir!

MTOB panel featuring friends from Denver, Los Angeles and New York. Photo by Diverse Fort Collins.

Social Media Highlights

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Greeley Multicultural Festival on Oct. 19.

Diverse Fort Collins is hosting an Oct.27 book group discussion on the 2019 Fort Collins Reads selection THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS by Luis Alberto Urrea. Mention the DFC book group to receive 20% off the paperback at Old Firehouse Books.

Being nice isn’t enough. Check out this children’s book list for anti-racist activism. Thanks to Old Firehouse Books for sharing!

Follow us at http://www.DiverseFortCollins and on Facebook and Instagram @DiverseFortCollins

Contact Us!

Interested in writing a 600-word guest blog post about what it’s like to live, work or play in our community? Want to volunteer? We’d love to hear from you. Email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com

Hope you’ve had a great summer!

www.DiverseFortCollins.com

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