A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. John Lennon
In 2010 the Durango Arts Centers board of directors determined the best way for DAC to survive was to direct projects toward collaboration and to work with others to ensure the arts are sustained in our region.
In March 2010, Denise Leslie became a tenant at DAC representing her businesses Arts Perspective Magazine and SW Arts Programs.
Fortunately, Leslies businesses have grown tremendously and shes had to move her office so that she has more room for her growing business. Nonetheless, shell oversee the September exhibit, Open Doors, a taster exhibit for the Durango Open Studios Tour in October.
Photographers Kathy Myrick and Linda Pampinella will replace Leslie with a new studio called the 5th Corner Photo Gallery, which will further one of DACs missions to incubate new artists and help them generate business related to the arts.
The Docents of the Durango Arts Center and the Durango Friends of the Arts will give a series of presentations on the works of Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, George OKeeffe and Navajo Weaving in September (seating is limited plan ahead).
Also in September, DAC tenant the San Juan Symphony begins the new season with a pre-concert talk by Maestro Arthur Post. Later that month, the gallery will feature a Western Art Exhibit curated by members of the Durango Cowboy Gathering, which will also be using the theater.
The Durango Performing Arts Company, a local nonprofit childrens theater group, remains a resident group at DAC. Its been our goal to support them whenever feasible with reduced rent, free theater and dance studio rental and promotion.
An inaugural exhibit was installed at the Durango La Plata County Airport in June. This was a collaborative effort with DAC, airport Manager Ron Dent and Jess Unruh of Fast Signs. One piece was recently sold, and the full commission of this piece went to Sorrel Sky Gallery as the artist, Sharon Abshagen, exhibits there.
DAC also installed a sign at the airport highlighting the 10 galleries that comprise the Durango Gallery Association as well as other venues that offer art in our community. We believe this airport exhibit is a strong sign of public/private partnerships to foster awareness for the arts and that Durango is a vital community for all artists and those who love the arts.
Thecollaborations continue with Showcase of the Arts, a partnership with the City of Durango, Business Improvement District, Durango Area Tourism Office and El Pomar Foundation. The Autumn Arts Festival is bringing local, regional and national artists to downtown Durango to foster economic development in our community.
Perhaps the best collaboration is that of our members. Membership is a primary source of earned income for DAC, and it sustains us monthly to meet obligations of a facility that is used seven days a week.
We invite you to be part of our collaborative efforts, and if you are not yet a member, please contact me at DAC, as we need your support. The poet Ryunosuke Satoro says it best: Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Working together for the arts, our dreams can come true.
Sheri Rochford Figgs is the executive director of the Durango Arts Center. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.