I feel I have to make a significant clarification in regard to some terms used in this article. I'm not sure that I used the terms "at-risk" or "troubled" when i was speaking of the young people we have the privilege to work with. It's true "our" kids are people who have faced significant challenges, but they are remarkable for their unique ability to rise above these challenges. They are extraordinary on so many levels, but one advantage they have over people with more privilege is that they are able to tap into their inherent intuitive wisdom, out of the necessity to survive and thrive. They have uncanny creativity and sometimes simply need to have that power and energy pointed in a direction that serves them and their community in a positive way.
We have such a wide-range of youth who contribute to our programs that it is unfair to "box" them all under terms like "at-risk" and "troubled," though I do often speak of them as "on the fringe," under served or under privileged. Those terms address economic situations, access situations and even learning styles. When you are a creative "right-brained dominant" thinker, you don't necessarily fit in to the main stream on many important levels. This differentness can be the driving factor that puts a kid "on the fringe" or creates an under served, underprivileged predicament for them, in their homes, schools and socially.
FutureSelf is proud to have the opportunity to work with these innovative thinkers and consider them to be an asset to this community as future leaders and visionaries. We merely want to provide a safe place of belonging for them, so they may utilize the tools and resources we offer in art, mentorship and peer understanding to express who they truly are and then share that with those around them.
Thank you for taking the time to write this article and share our story with your readers but I ask that you please post this so that the young people who read this and the adults who know and love them will understand we don't see our kids as purely as possibility, not any more "troubled" than anyone else out there trying to succeed in the world.
Executive Director, FutureSelf
Our Mission: FutureSelf invites transformation through the Arts
All art requires courage~ Anne Tucker
As we don't at present provide theater reviews (versus show previews), I'd like to briefly comment on my own experience at Friday, Dec. 5's peformance of The Lying Kind.
Firstly, cheers to Murray Ross and the Theatreworks board for bringing this show. Secondly, cheers to the wonderful cast that pulled it off with only one major costume/prop malfunction, that when played off in character, proved even funnier to the scene. Great save.
It's a wickedly brilliant script that sustains consistent humor throughout. I've yet to hear as much loud laughter at any other performance I've caught in town.
Awesome article! I'm a big fan of this artist, having seen her work at Cottonwood Artists' School. Thanks for sharing her story and her amazing art with the community.
I was a student of Eric Bransby the first year he taught at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was a hero at the time because I loved figure drawing. He taught me to focus on structure where before I concentrated on the gesture. He was a great encouragement to me in getting my MFA. Great teachers are to be appreciated and Eric Bransby was a great teacher as well as a great muralist and printmaker.
I was completely blown away and awed by the Floyd Tunson piece that is hanging in the lobby of the FAC. It is beautiful and spectacular.
On Seven Days to Live, not many people know which is strange, but on Saturday April 19th from 10-5 there is the Annual Scout Show at the Phil Long Expo Center.
There is over 14000 local volunteers and youth scouts (both male 6-20yrs old and female 14-20 yrs old that are involved in outdoor and community based leadership activities throughout the Pikes Peak region)
There will be an expo of scout units and scouting activities to include a Native American Dance team from the Order of the Arrow, Mountain Boarding and Mountain Biking, Arts and Crafts, Pioneering Projects including a monkey bridge, BB guns and Archery shooting, and much more.
The admission is free so come check out the Annual Scout Show at the Phil Long Expo Center Saturday April 19th 10-5.
Thank you for your kind words about our music. Its good to know that what we doing is reaching people and they are taking notice. Hope to see you around.
-Our Funeral Forgotten-
Kirsten, Sandra's comment, "it's easy to fall into the victimization of being a woman and expecting somebody to come along and pick up the pieces" struck a cord with me. I fell into that trap early in life and went through hell and back because of it. If anyone else has experienced this, I recommend reading "Riding Through It", a memoir I wrote about how I victimized myself from my early teens through the age of 30. I want to share this experience so that other women won't do it!!! It can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks for the article on Miz B, who seems to have taken control of her life quite nicely! -Carol McKibben
Interested in The Pride Center's OutWord Writing Group. I'll tell my friends on http://www.biloves.com about this and ask them to join together.
Although I didn't submit the following in time for regular publication, you will find this event of interest........
Ron Williams: fitness and personal coach, a professor of exercise physiology and nutrition, and Natural Body Builder of the Decade. Sat., Jan. 5, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This event is for everyone, male or female, couch potatoes who would like to reform, those who have already achieved their desired levels of fitness, fitness and weight-management professionals, etc. This all-day seminar is an incredible value at only $39.95 (54.95 per couple) for a full day with a world-renowned fitness professional! Reservations: 719-459-3729 or email email@example.com.
Sarah is a lovely person who paints even more lovely pictures! Denver misses her dearly.
Scotland misses Sarah like crazy. We wish her and her family a very merry Christmas, a hoot of a Hogmany and look forward to her visits to The Highlands.
Really an amazing poet: one of those secretly famous kinds that hit the nail on the head without making a fuss. Versatile and funny, too, thank god. We all need more humor.
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