Champion of the Arts Awards

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is reaching out to the community for involvement in the 2017 Champion of the Arts Awards. Since 1994, the Arts Commission has been honoring citizens and businesses who have been instrumental in supporting & promoting our cultural community.

NOMINATIONS: The Arts Commission invites cultural groups, organizations, and local citizens to nominate Grand Junction businesses and individuals for this distinguished honor to recognize their generosity, dedication, promotion, and support of the arts. Award winners will be announced at the Centennial Band Christmas Concert held on December 3, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Avalon Theatre. Recipients will receive local artwork as the Champion of the Arts Award. Recipients will also be introduced to the Grand Junction City Council in January. Criteria and nomination forms are available at gjarts.org and are due November 14, 2017 by 5:00pm.

CALL FOR ARTISTS:  The Arts Commission is also seeking to purchase 2 pieces of local artwork to be given as the award to the recipients of the Champion of the Arts Awards. Artwork must be appropriate for indoor display and should have broad, general appeal. The value of the artwork should not exceed $850. This call for artists is open to all Mesa County residents. Details and submission forms are available at gjarts.org and are due November 14, 2017 by 5:00pm.

The 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.

For more information regarding Champion of the Arts Awards, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator
lorieg@gjcity.org
970-254-3876

Muralists to Paint Saturday at Car Park aRT

The south side of the downtown parking garage will be the site of seven local mural artists participating in Car Park aRT, as part of the Downtown Art Festival on Saturday, October 7.

With the tremendous success of the aRT mural program on the Riverfront Trail in 2016, many community members wanted to keep the current murals in place for at least another year. In response, the committee pursued expanding to the downtown parking garage. The owner group approved the idea and Car Park aRT was born. Car Park aRT will bring color and vibrancy to the barren south facing concrete wall. Pedestrians will enjoy the murals as they access the breezeway between the parking garage and Main Street.

We are lucky to live here! Grand Junction has one of the richest public art public programs on the West Slope. We continue to utilize the talent of our local artists to enhance our community and add a culturally rich fabric to the layers of our city.

Four of the seven chosen muralists participated last year in aRT and have murals on the Riverfront Trail: Jeremy Velasquez, Onyx Cly-Peek, Matt Goss, and Jerad Slates. Newcomers are Aaron Simpson, Jeremy Raymond, and Ethan Dow. Throughout the day, these muralists will be working and we would like to encourage the public to come down, watch them paint, and enjoy all of the other activities of the Downtown Art Festival. For more information about the Grand Junction Downtown Art Festival, visit https://downtowngj.org/signature-events/downtown-art-festival/.

For more information regarding Car Park aRT, contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator
lorieg@gjcity.org
970-254-3876

Tennis Courts Receive Facelift at Canyon View and Pineridge Park

Over recent years, Grand Junction has seen a large spike in the number of tennis and pickleball players across the Grand Valley. With the increase in play, the City’s Parks and Recreation department has also experienced an increased use of wear and tear on a number of courts that receive continuous use throughout the year.

On August 14th the resurfacing project of six tennis courts began at Canyon View Park and was completed by August 22nd, four days ahead of schedule. The original Canyon View Park tennis courts were installed in 2001, and have experienced constant and preventative maintenance by Parks crews in order to ensure an extended period of use. This regular maintenance routine has ensured that courts avoided concrete failure which often results in exponentially costly resurfacing projects. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department anticipates 15+ years of life expectancy for these courts. Money has been allotted in the 2018 budget to finish out the resurfacing of the remaining six courts at the facility.

In addition to the resurfacing of the Canyon View Park tennis courts, Pineridge Park will also undergo resurfacing. It has been over 20 years since the Pineridge Park courts have been resurfaced, and with the growing pickleball community the courts are long overdue for a facelift. This project is set to begin after the conclusion of the 17th Annual Senior Games on August 28th, and is scheduled to be completed by September 11th. At the time of the closure, we are encouraging pickleball and tennis players to use the Lincoln Park Courts which will remain open for public play.

The total project cost for both facilities amounted to $43,000, and will be shared between the City of Grand Junction, Grand Valley Tennis Club, and the Western Slope Pickleball Club.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Rob Schoeber
Parks and Recreation Director
robs@gjcity.org
970-254-3881

17th Annual Western Colorado Senior Games

FINAL Senior Games Logo

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation is hosting the 17th Annual Western Colorado Senior Games, August 21-27, 2017. This week long athletic competition is open to participants aged 50+ and has 57 events with a regional draw of more than 230 participants. Cornhole is the newly added event this year. The media is invited to any of the following events:

Senior Games Schedule of EventsFor more information or questions, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator
970-254-3876
lorieg@gjcity.org

Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry in the City of Grand Junction

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture has released their economic impact study of arts and culture in the City of Grand Junction, referred to as the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5. The Art Commission partnered with Americans for the Arts to document the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in 341 communities and regions (113 cities, 115 counties, 81 multi-city or multi-county regions, 20 states, and 12 individual arts districts)—representing all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the City of Grand Junction—one that generates $17.3 million in total economic activity. This spending—$11.3 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $6 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 512 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $12.9 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $1.4 million in local and state government revenue. This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the City of Grand Junction’s economic well-being.

To complete this study, The Art Commission gathered 1551 audience-intercept surveys from arts and cultural audience members attending a performance, event or exhibit within the City of Grand Junction during calendar year 2016. Nonresident attendees spent an average of 294 percent more per person than local attendees ($72.12 vs. $18.29) as a result of their attendance to cultural events. As would be expected from a traveler, higher spending was typically found in the categories of lodging, meals, and transportation. When a community attracts cultural tourists, it harnesses significant economic rewards.

Each of the nonresident survey respondents (i.e., those who live outside Mesa County) were asked about the purpose of their trip: 54.7 percent indicated that the primary purpose of their visit to the City of Grand Junction was “specifically to attend this arts/cultural event.” This finding demonstrates the power of the arts to attract visitors to the community.

Also contributing were 32 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the City of Grand Junction, that provided detailed financial and event attendance information about their organization.

During 2015, a total of 1,980 volunteers donated a total of 99,417 hours to the City of Grand Junction’s participating nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. This represents a donation of time with an estimated aggregate value of $2,342,265.

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are businesses in their own right. They spent $11.3 million during fiscal year 2015 to employ people locally, purchase goods and services from local establishments, and attract tourists. They also leveraged a remarkable $6 million in additional spending by cultural audiences—spending that pumps vital revenue into restaurants, hotels, retail stores, parking garages, and other local businesses.

This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities that support the arts and culture are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. This Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study shows conclusively that the arts mean business in the City of Grand Junction!

To access the complete report, go to www.gjcity.org.

For more information regarding the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 please contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator
lorieg@gjcity.org
970-254-3876

Canyon View Park Playground Scheduled to Close for Maintenance

Canyon View Park Playground is scheduled for a maintenance closure beginning July 9, 2017.

Due to heavy use of the Canyon View Park playground throughout the year, routine maintenance checks and warranty work closures are scheduled in order to upkeep the quality and safety of the playground for our patrons. During this closure, VitriTurf will be coming in to prepare the playground surface for two coats of sealer.

The closure is expected to take place through July 16, however if crews finish early, the playground will reopen once the sealer is cured. Parks crews are expected to be out at Canyon View Park playground early Sunday morning, July 9, to install temporary fencing around the equipment before VitriTurf arrives to complete the maintenance work.

Please visit www.gjparksandrec.org for a list of other City facilities that offer similar amenities which will be open to the public during this closure. For more information regarding this scheduled closure, please contact Parks Superintendent, Mike Vendegna.

Mike Vendegna
mikev@gjcity.org
970-254-3843

aRT Program Set to Expand in 2017

In October of 2016, The aRT coalition launched aRT (art on the Riverfront Trail). aRT is designed to transform bleak underpasses along the Riverfront Trail into vibrant, colorful artistic expressions that enhance the trail users experience. aRT is a fluid process with murals changing annually, bringing new and fresh designs to the Riverfront Trail.

The success with aRT has been three-fold. We have expanded our rich artistic community and provided spaces to nurture budding artists. We have cultivated a culture which respects artwork and appreciates its contribution to a vibrant environment, and we have substantially increased community use of the Riverfront Trail for art appreciation and recreation.

Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper states, “The murals seem to have been very effective in not only beautifying a difficult area, but in some cases, they seem to have even reduced the number of homeless camps and their associated trash and hazardous waste. We’ve seen no graffiti or tagging over any of the approved artwork. As an example of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), this project has been highly successful.”

With the proven success of the first year of aRT, we are expanding to two more locations in 2017. Car Part aRT will be on the south side of the downtown parking garage. Murals will be painted in conjunction with the aRT murals on October 7 as part of the Downtown Art Festival.  Another program, aRT – Fruita, will be on the spur trails leading to the Colorado River State Park and the future western expansion of the Riverfront Trail. Murals will be painted as part of the Fruita Fall Festival on September 23.

More information on deadlines for this program and applications can be found at www.gjarts.org/cultural-happenings-news-events/art-programs/.

For more information regarding aRT, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator
lorieg@gjcity.org
970-254-3876