Golden builds arts guild

Golden Star Staff

The Visual Arts Guild in Golden is working to create a space for artists to come together in a collaborative atmosphere to help build arts in town.

After conducting a visual arts centre interest survey, a group of 50 artists, makers, and supporters gathered at the old train station at the Golden Museum on August 13 to hear the results of the survey, which assessed interest in a visual arts centre in Golden.

A detailed summary of the survey results is still being compiled, but conversation is ongoing on the newly formed Arts Golden Facebook group. The group is intended as a space for sharing opportunities, resources, and tips related to the practice and business of being an artist in a rural community.

“We hope to see it grow into a valuable support system for all, and a foundation for great future collaborations,” Arts Golden stated.

At the meeting, artists and makers said some of their primary interests included access to classes and workshops, a space to teach and attend those workshops, and creating a gathering place or hub for artists, and designing studios and drop in spaces for self-directed art making.

It was also decided that performance artists with interests in music, dance, theatre, and more should be included in bringing the arts community of Golden together.

Research shows hat similar efforts in other towns working to create community arts centres is often an uphill battle, and that a great deal of engagement from committed visionaries and volunteers is required.

Claire Dibble, who began the survey and helped host the meeting, is looking for someone to carry the torch forward to spearhead efforts to form an arts centre.

For those who are looking for a space to make art right away, the Visual Arts Guild meets every Monday, and more information can be found on their Facebook page.

At the meeting, the Arts Guild mentioned that there are many ways to bring an arts community together and be more visible to one another and the public without having a specific building. Ideas include hosting events, workshops, and pop up exhibitions in alternative spaces.

Arts Golden is described as “a grassroots effort to bring together the many diverse creatives, artists, and makers of Golden,” and encourages connection, conversation, and collaboration. Arts Golden asks for anyone who is interested in brainstorming, fundraising, or other aspects of pursuing and promoting arts in Golden to get in touch with them by e-mailing artsgoldenbc@gmail.com.

To learn more, visit www.artsgolden.weebly.com, or the Arts Golden Facebook page.

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