Horizon Drive to Receive New Artwork

Horizon Drive ArtworkThe Horizon Drive Business Improvement District Board has chosen two local artists to paint the city owned transportation signal boxes (TSB’s) on Horizon Drive. Pavia Justinian, who has had public art in Palisade, Grand Junction, Longmont, Westminster, and Moab, will paint her bike riding Kokopelli on the box located on G Rd and Horizon Drive. Josh Anderson, a cartoonist and graphic designer, will paint his piece representing iconic desert landscapes with fun animated local animals on the box located on Crossroads Boulevard and Horizon Drive.

Electric Art, as the project is known, was started last year with the painting of two signal boxes on 4th Street and 5th Street and Main, as part of the Downtown Art Festival. This year we are extending the reach to our gateway corridor on Horizon Drive to welcome visitors with more art! The boxes are scheduled to be painted the first part of May. Electric Art is a program overseen by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.

Contact: Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator      970-254-3876 or lorieg@gjcity.org

New Arts and Culture Projects Coming to Grand Junction in 2019!

Zikr Dance - Oracle - Arts and CommissionThe local community will enjoy many new and fun cultural events this year thanks to funding provided by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture & the City of Grand Junction. Twenty non-profit organizations received funding ranging from $1000 – $3600. Organizations will bring cultural projects from festivals, dance and theatrical performances, art camp, art exhibits, and musical concerts to Grand Junction. The community will benefit from a broad diversity of projects that will reach a wide variety of interests and ages.

Many of these events are free or at a minimal cost to the public thanks to this grant. Organizations are anticipating $564,000 in revenue, paying 1220 artists and projecting attendance/listening audience to be over a million people. Most of these organizations rely on volunteers to provide these projects for the community and this year it’s projected individuals will donate over 22,000 hours of volunteerism. The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture congratulates the awardees and looks forward to an engaging 2019 season of arts and culture in Grand Junction.

The grant program is open to any Colorado non-profit agency for arts and cultural projects that are held in Grand Junction. The process opens in December and closes in February annually. For more information on the grant program and the following projects please visit our website at www.gjarts.org or like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, 970-254-3876, lorieg@gjcity.org (Out of the office/unavailable March 7 & 8)

Secondary Contact: 
Callie Berkson, 970-254-3867, callieb@gjcity.org


Parks and Recreation Begins Water Wise Initiative

The Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is beginning a new initiative in 2019.

12th street roundabout

Throughout the department, efforts are being made to eliminate turf areas around town that are not being utilized by park patrons. These efforts are being developed in order to be more conscientious about the department’s water use and to continue the City’s effort to be water wise.

Among the spaces included in this effort are the roundabout at 12th Street and Horizon, as well as several locations on Riverside Parkway. Both projects are weather dependent and are set to take place in the coming weeks.

Some spaces will include decorative rock, while others will have a variety of plant materials that utilize less water. As the year progresses, the department will begin to shift its focus to native and xeric varieties of plants in an effort to conserve water usage throughout the City.

For more information on this project, contact:

Randy Coleman, Parks Supervisor

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2018 Champion of the Arts Awards

Each year, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture invites nominations for the annual Champion of the Arts Awards. This year, two individuals were selected because of their leadership, generosity, and dedication to arts and culture, and were recognized at The Grand Junction Centennial Band‘s Christmas Concert at The Avalon Theatre on Sunday, December 9th.

The first recipient, Lancer Livermont, was nominated by Robbie Breaux. Lancer is the board president at Western Colorado Center for the Arts as well as a MusicSpark board member. He previously served on the Commission on Arts and Culture, volunteered in several other capacities over the years, and is a great attribute to our community. He describes himself as a “man of few words” but he nevertheless works tirelessly to speak up for culture in the Grand Valley. He received Warm Glow by Joan Anderson as his Champion of the Arts Award.

The second recipient actively and financially supports art and culture organizations around the valley, including Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, Riverside Educational Center, and the Museums of Western Colorado. He serves on several boards including the EUREKA McConnell Science Museum, Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, Colorado Trust and the Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado. We thank John Hopkins for valuing the importance of art and culture in our community! He was nominated by Jen Moore and he received Holiday Night by Jim Hutton.

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is appointed by City Council and serves to cultivate an environment where arts and culture can thrive and grow.

For more information, contact Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or lorieg@gjcity.org.

$40,000 Arts and Cultural Grant Funding Available

By approving the 2019 budget, City Council has allocated $40,000 towards Art and Culture grant funding in the coming year! The Art Grant program is managed by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. Grant money is available to Colorado non-profit agencies for arts and cultural projects that are held in Mesa County. The grant process opens December 7th and closes February 1st at 12:00 p.m. To assist agencies in the application process, two identical trainings will be held at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1340 Gunnison Ave. on December 11th at 10:00 a.m. or January 9th at 3:00 p.m. To register, call 970-254-3876 or email lorieg@gjcity.org.

Last year’s grant program funded projects such as the Arts and Entertainment Calendar on KAFM, Downtown Arts Festival, Two Rivers Chautauqua, Culture Fest, Rocky Mountain PBS Arts District, the Veterans Day Art Extravaganza, and many more. A total of 18 agencies received a total of $40,000 in funding. All of these projects serve to enhance the community in which we live. The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is an eleven-member board, appointed by the City Council to foster cultural development and arts activities in the community.

To learn more about the 2019 Art and Cultural grant funding and get the paperwork, please visit the website at gjarts.org and click on the grants tab.

For questions or more information, please contact Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or lorieg@gjcity.org

Community Meeting to Discuss Riverfront at Dos Rios and Improvements to Riverside Park

RIO Conceptual Both Sites - 2018 - February

A community meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Old Riverside School to discuss the redevelopment plans for the Riverfront at Dos Rios property between the Riverside neighborhood and the 5th Street Bridge. There will also be an announcement of a grant award for improvements to Riverside Park and for the construction of a bicycle playground.

The City of Grand Junction has been working with Colorado West Land Trust, Riverside Educational Center, Riverside Task Force, and numerous other organizations to improve close to home opportunities for under-served community members to engage in healthy activities. Thanks to a $490,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, plans for redevelopment of Riverside Park and development of a bike playground along the existing Riverfront Trail have become a reality. This project will encourage the Riverside neighborhood to better utilize the park and the trail as a means to improve their well-being.

For more information, please contact:

Traci Wieland, Deputy Director, 970-254-3846 or traciw@gjcity.org

CARnival of ART to Make Debut this Weekend

Carnival of Art Flyer

The Grand Valley’s first ever pop-up gallery, CARnival of ART, will take place on Saturday, October 6th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm at the Grand Junction Subaru Showroom, 651 Market Street. The public is invited to visit Subaru and peruse local artisan’s booths for original, one of a kind treasures to take home. This free event showcases 20 local artists, half of which are participating in the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour on October 13th and 14th. Visit http://gjartcenter.org/wp/openstudiostour for more information on the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour.

CARnival of ART and the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour are supported by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, The Fruita Arts and Culture Board, Palisade Art Vision and The Arts Center.

For more information, contact Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or lorieg@gjcity.org.