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Happy holidays and a wonderful new year to you all, Friends!
We’ve curated a few musical performances to help you stay in the holiday spirit. See below. But first, two exciting announcements and opportunities for Fort Collins writers and artists:
New Magazine Announces Call for Pitches in Art, Music, Outdoors, and Issues
Il rivestimento d’argento | The Silver Lining is a new Fort Collins-based magazine
that seeks writers to propose story and art ideas.
February is Black History Month, and The Silver Lining plans to showcase Black voices sharing Black stories, art, music, and issues in our community that we can improve on, organizations making change, and Black local residents in the outdoors. These are paid pieces, and the magazine seeks ongoing contributors.
Read details here: https://argentostudios.com/the-story/
For the February edition, 30% of sales after print cost of the limited print and digital magazine purchases will be donated to the nonprofit Cultural Enrichment Center.
Pianos About Town Seeks Diverse, Emerging Artists
Pianos About Town, an interactive public art program in Fort Collins, seeks artists or artist teams to paint or artistically decorate pianos in 2021.
The program is looking for diversity in artwork styles and concepts, with a preference for emerging artists and new and exciting ideas. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000. To apply, artists submit a letter of intent and concept rendering. The application deadline is February 1. Learn more and apply here: fcgov.com/pianoscall. Los materiales están disponibles en español.
The program is holding a virtual workshop to provide resources for potential applicants on Tuesday, January 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. MT. The workshop will include a presentation about the application and review process, and program staff will be available to answer questions after the presentation. Registration is not required. Click here to join the Zoom workshop.
Feel free to share this announcement with your networks: Facebook post, Facebook event for the virtual workshop, Instagram post.
Tunes to soothe your soul
NoCo’s own Jingle Carolers and Lyric Quartet delight and entertain. Watch for Diverse FoCo Action Committee Co-Chair Victoria Baumgart! Video: “Jingle Carolers COVID Christmas”
This talented young woman, Emma Stevens, will inspire and bring peace to your heart: “Blackbird” by The Beatles performed in Mi’kmaq. Watch the video.
Ready for a laugh? You’ll love this: Video: “12 Days of Christmas”by Warscout
New Songs Released by Fort Collins Resident
“It’s time to tear down the walls of fear and hate. United we stand, divided we fall.” – Phil Donaldson
Listen to the Build A Wall lyric video by Fort Collins musician and business owner Phil Donaldson, as well as his just-released rendition of “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing.”
Documentary on COVID-19 Impact on FoCo Hispanic Community Premieres in January
Community activist Betty Aragon-Mitotes and director Shari Due have once again collaborated to bring us a documentary, this time about the impacts of the pandemic in Fort Collins: “Hispanic Community Voices: COVID-19.”
Read the Coloradoan article about the documentary and the Posadas by Mujeres de Colores, founded by Aragon-Mitotes.
Virtual Farmers Market Increases Food Access
NoCo Virtual Farmers Market (NoCoVFM) founder Alexa Vasquez is featured in the article “Reimagining the Farmers Market” in the Winter 2020 issue of Edible Denver Boulder Ft Collins.
Congratulations to Alexa on her success, and thank you for helping make farmers markets more accessible to community members.
Visit NoCoVirtualFarmersMarket.com to browse and order.
Receive a 20% discount on So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo when you mention DFC Book Group
Join us for a lively discussion of the New York Times best-selling book on January 24 via Zoom! We’ll focus on Chapters 1 through 5.
Remember to mention the Diverse Fort Collins book group to receive a 20% discount off the paperback at Old Firehouse Books.
Prepare for a lively discussion by reviewing the questions in the free Reading Guide. Facilitators will create inclusive and friendly small-group conversations via Zoom breakout rooms. This is the first of three monthly meetings. Attend one or all.
Free and pay-what-you-can tickets available! Details and event registration: DiverseFortCollins.com/events
Compassion 1, Cancel Culture 0
And last but not least, powerful words from the new president of the Colorado Theater Guild, a champion of antiracism, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion:
Video: “Canceling cancel culture with compassion” by Betty Hart/TedXCherryCreekWomen
Take care, and we hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday season. May the new year bring you health, happiness, and prosperity.
Your friends at Diverse Fort Collins
Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project advocating for antiracism and racial equity. We connect people with resources and each other.
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