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Contemplating the meaning of monuments

When I read about the white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, violently opposing the city’s plan to remove the Robert E. Lee statue, it brought me back 30 years when I lived in Richmond,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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Newness, challenge and love at DAC and all around us

We are plastic. Our brains are malleable and develop based on our experiences. This is not new information for me or many of you reading this, but it has been lingering in the forefront of my mind...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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Ready for summer, ready for camps at the DAC!

The familiar shifts in weather and river flows, and the evacuation of Fort Lewis College students from town, tell us summer must be around the corner. My own youthful memories of summertime in...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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National Endowment for the Arts more than government agency

The obituary section in the newspaper is always a must-read for me. After reflecting on why, I recognize that it is a way to acknowledge and celebrate a life that influenced the world by having...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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The legacy of Stanton Englehart returns to Durango Arts Center

By James Durnin “Gaia is my ethic. We are all a part of her. She is the evolutionary force. Gaia is the real driver that runs our lives.” – Stanton Englehart...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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DAC welcomes new artistic forms of expression

In 2005, I was a college graduate with ambition but no money. I was mixing cocktails and threading film through the projector at Durango’s Abbey Theatre. I’m an artist, and back then I did whatever...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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Gratitude abounds from Durango Arts Center and beyond

The city is dressed in holiday sparkle, each of us is seeking the perfect gift for those we love and nonprofits throughout the community are engaged in their final push to meet their annual...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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Keeping it local: Spend holidays at Durango Arts Center

What is the impact of your holiday gift? What is the value of giving a beautiful memory or a masterfully crafted object? The most direct ways we show what we value are through the ways we spend...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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Photography: Self-expression we can’t live without

With the closing of Open Shutter Gallery and the loss of the artistic foresight of its owner, Margy Dudley, there is now a vacuum in the community – a photographic one. Durango contains an...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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It’s time to celebrate National Arts in Education Week

During one of our many summer camps for kids, the students were creating a long strand of beads to use as a hanging device for their mobile sculptures. One of the girls had her strand almost...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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Celebrating INDIGO: DAC presents unique textile experience

The beauty of a single color is celebrated in dramatic waves of indigo-dyed cloth, enveloping your sense of space upon entering the Barbara Conrad Gallery at the Durango Arts Center. Viewers of...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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Homegrown artist comes back for the summer

Driving into the Four Corners felt like coming home. Arriving at my family home in Dolores was being home. Walking into the Durango Arts Center was like arriving at my second home. I have just...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | COLUMN: View from the Center

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