Friday, August 24, 2018

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Art on the Hoof couldn't come any sooner

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Art on the Hoof 2018, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, cmzoo.org. - SUSAN MCCREEDY
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  • Art on the Hoof 2018, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, cmzoo.org.
Our local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and its affiliates aren’t just about creating a rad local tourist attraction; they’re determined to aid in wildlife conservation worldwide. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo branch of the American Association of Zoo Keepers contributes to conservation efforts such as the International Rhino Foundation, VulPro (a South African vulture conservation program), Action for Cheetahs and more. Considering the zoo has taken some hard hits recently, and actually lost one of its endangered vultures to hail, it’s a good time to throw your support behind the causes that affect its animals and their relatives in the wild. Art on the Hoof, Sunday night’s fundraiser, will feature animal-themed artwork by a variety of artists, all offered to guests through prize drawings. Ticket holders who receive an “art ticket” will get to take a piece off the wall when their number is called, which makes for a fun and anticipatory evening. Artists have donated every piece of artwork you’ll see on display, and most of it is worth well over $75. If you want to check out the artwork without taking any home, you can enjoy food and drinks for a lower price, and your money still goes to a good cause.
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It's time to celebrate body positivity

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Menstrual Art & Body Positive Art Party, Aug. 25, 5-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, facebook.com/GWTFCO. - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Menstrual Art & Body Positive Art Party, Aug. 25, 5-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, facebook.com/GWTFCO.
Go With the Flow Colorado knows all too well the stigma surrounding menstruation.

In fact, they exist to combat that stigma, provide menstrual and personal hygiene products to people in need, and help folks of all genders feel more comfortable in their bodies. Toward that end, they have partnered with GLO Meet-ups and Pikes Peak Womxn for Liberation to host an art-making party celebrating all bodies. Go With the Flow recognizes “that not all womxn [a variation on the word ‘women’] and not only womxn menstruate,” according to co-organizer Olivia Romero. “In order to be inclusive, this is also a body-positive art event where we invite trans, gender-nonconforming, nonbinary, genderfluid and womxn-identifying people to come out and create art about their bodies in an effort to stop the stigma around certain parts of them.” The theme of the event may be menstruation, but body positivity includes any part of the body that carries a stigma — body hair, facial hair, etc. So in addition to bringing your own art supplies, be sure to bring a body positive attitude and an idea for your body-positive project.
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