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February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

My experience as a writer-in-residence at the Colorado Art Ranch in Steamboat Springs, spring 2008, was absolutely marvelous. I have done numerous artists' residencies but never one where the focus was on community interaction, building of relationships, and finding ways for the arts to enhance people's lives and solve problems. The CAR is absolutely unique and vital in this way. And their Artposiums are inspiring, thought provoking and extremely innovative. Currently I am thrilled to have been chosen to be in a CAR-sponsored exhibition, "33 Ideas," to be held in a public art space at the Denver International Airport this spring. I love how CAR continues to nurture its involvement with past participants -- it's a longterm relationship I value.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help change the world through its innovative, unexpected and extremely creative linkups of people in interdisciplinary fields.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

I have attended 3 Artposiums, including being the local coordinator for the Artposium in Steamboat Springs. Everyone involved in the organization is incredibly dedicated, talented and inspiring. They are creative "out-of-the-box" thinkers with an uncanny ability to find common threads linking topics, ideas and people together to include ART in the mix.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Show the skeptics out there that art and artists have much to contribute to the way our society. These creative thinkers can offer new ideas and make communities more vibrant, more sustaining. Colorado Art Ranch facilitates these opportunities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

I had no previous experience of Colorado Art Ranch when I received information about their ART-FOOD weekend in southwest Colorado, but it sounded like a great getaway from the Denver Metro area. The event far exceeded my expectations! My husband and I had a wonderful time and met so many interesting and convivial people from all over the country. The field experience at the farm was great -- the only disappointment was being forced to choose between three equally enticing jaunts. All the venues and meals were interesting and enjoyable, and the presentations innovative and thought-provoking. We certainly plan to continue joining Art Ranch events in the future.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally committed and involved, articulate, charming and helpful. It just couldn't have been a better experience!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 8, 2010

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February 8, 2010

I was an art buddy for Colorado Art Ranch in the spring of 2009. I found the writers and artists to be stimulating and friendly. I appreciate having such a high caliber of writers and artists to associalte with, it's not often we get that opportunity in a small rural area like Trinidad. I hope they make it back here and I get to do it again.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the chance to interact with writers and artisit.

Ways to make it better...

they had it in the summer when I have more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 7, 2010

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February 7, 2010

I was an artist in residence at Colorado Art Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 2008 and it was a positive experience on an artistic as well as a personal level. During my time at the residency, I created two installations as well as some lovely prints (that I normally wouldn't have time to pursue but thanks to a big snowstorm had a chance to work on these long-postponed prints) and a few experiments. (My work from the Ranch is on my website www.carolhummel.com) In addition to my artwork, though, my interaction with fellow artists as well as participants in the Artposium expanded my knowledge, thinking, and creativity... plus we had LOTS of FUN!! The facilities were fantastic; the people involved with the Ranch are amazing; our assistants ("art buddies") were wonderful. I would highly recommend the Colorado Art Ranch to any artist interested in creating the growing and urge ALL potential donors to support this very, very worthy non-profit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing an increased awareness of the arts to community members around Colorado

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give then lots of money and allow them to hire more people to expand their wonderful work into new areas of thinking

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the total support and kindness the organization provides for artists in nurturing their creativity and expanding their artistic thinking.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top notch! I still keep in touch with staff members and artists I worked with in 2008 and would love to work again with them all in the future.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change art thinking in not only Colorado but in many parts of the US and world!

Ways to make it better...

it had lasted for a longer period of time... I would have liked to have stayed in that creative for MUCH longer!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money... they need it and they deserve it!

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Colorado Art Ranch is run from the heart by very competent and caring people... they deserve to survive and flourish!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 7, 2010

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February 7, 2010

Colorado Art Ranch accepted my proposal to be an Artist in Residence for their Salida residency in the summer of 2009. Both as an artist and from a personal perspective the experience was amazing. The organization was friendly, supportive, professional and organized. They went that extra mile to make sure I had everything I needed. Through fostering relationships with Salida Art Works, and in turn the people of Salida, Colorado Art Ranch enabled me to experience not only an artist residency, but the warm welcome and acceptance of the Salida community. Keep up the great work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

An artist residency

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their warmth, support and professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, professional and warm of heart.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 5, 2010

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February 5, 2010

I have worked with Colorado Art Ranch in Delta County, where my husband and I own and operate an organic orchard. The participants came to our land for a morning of conversation, writing, and education about growing organic fruit. It was magical ... the participants were so invested in the subject, so willing to learn, so eager to engage with new ideas. I attended the rest of the artposium and was thrilled with the caliber of the presenters, the freshness of the ideas being bandied about, and the overall warmth and creative atmosphere fostered by the organizers. It was an excellent chance for visitors and locals in our community to congregate, share ideas, share meals, share problems and have creative and amiable discussions. Leading up to the artposium, my experience with the staff was marvelous. Organized, professional, warm and personal. I am a fan and would work and play with this organization at every given opportunity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people that I met. So many incredible musicians, writers, artists. Such a lively and thrilling exchange of ideas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 2, 2010

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February 2, 2010

I have Attended 6 Artposiums. I don't think I can pick a favorite. We have explored the topics Rivers, Mapping, Humor, Land Use, Sex, and Food. The presenters in depth experience with the topic and the inter-active nature of the Artposium is so inspiring that it's all I can think about for weeks afterwords. If you like TED then you will love an Artposium, and you won't pay an arm and a leg for it. I have also so enjoyed disovering Colorado. I've followed the 'Nomads" to Salida, Steamboat Springs, Denver, Durango, Delta County and Trinidad. I want to return to all of these new best destinations. The Colorado Art Ranch Residents have shown me the genuis, the inspiration and the drive that is behind the creation of great art. I can hardly wait until the next Artposium in Salida, Wade in the Water. This is more than education, this is truly raising the creative capital of Colorado and the world

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my understanding of Art and Science and my desire to support the intersection of Art and Science.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more interaction between the Artist Residents and the Nomad Artposium attendees.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The People I have come in to contact with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Curious, energetic and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's programs to more communities, house more residents, pay it's Executive Director, maintain a permanent Headquarters.

Ways to make it better...

More people attended.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising

One thing I'd also say is that...

This appreciation of Art, Science and Culture goes deeper than any experience I have yet had, and I truly believe it has made a difference in the way that I and others support and nurture creativity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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