(Boulder, CO – February 1, 2023) – The Dairy Arts Center has launched Deeply Rooted, a new series that will offer arts experiences designed to engage participants in more meaningful and personal ways. These experiences will have a wider range of participatory and immersive qualities, and often approach art as a process rather than a product. The series is starting with two new programs including Healing with Sound + Voice + Art, a 7-week series every Sunday from Feb 5 – March 19, and Bluebook, Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25. Healing with Sound +Voice+ Art is led by Expressive Arts Therapist Janis Wille, and aims to deepen your conscious connections to yourself, others, and the earth using sound, voice, and art. Bluebook will give audiences the opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind performance featuring improvisationally constructed sets and costumes crafted from paper, fabric, glue, and a variety of other materials. Each show provides a unique opportunity to engage with “otherness” and deepen connections.
The Deeply Rooted Series was born out of the desire to reconnect with the Dairy Arts community and to further understand what role the arts play in a post-Covid world. To answer these questions, Dairy Arts Center Executive Director, Melissa Fathman, created a focus group of community members to discover what the community wanted and needed.
“As with all historical disruptor events, the pandemic had an existential impact on our lives,” Fathman states. “People have changed jobs, locations, and spent time re-examining what they truly value. Rather than try and guess what is currently relevant to our community, we sought it out. What we discovered is the Dairy Arts community is yearning to connect with one another and engage in meaningful artistic experiences. They want to touch things, feel things, and talk about those experiences together.”
Through the Deeply Rooted programs, participants can explore topics such as transcendence, personal identity, climate change, social justice, and futurism, with art forms rooted in different cultural traditions and experimental cutting-edge art.
Glenn Webb, Dairy Arts Center Director of Programming expressed his enthusiasm for the connection that art can create between people and their environment, noting the potential for meaningful engagements. “The intention is that art will deepen our connections and be a part of healing ourselves and the planet,” said Webb.
In addition to new ways of engaging with artistic experiences, the community focus group expressed a desire to make these experiences accessible to all. Sliding-scale admission to Deeply Rooted events is made possible by the generous support of the Radical Waves Project whose mission is to work with communities and people to disperse philanthropic power and opportunity.
“So often in our world, impactful decisions get made by a handful of people,” states Radical Waves Project Founder, Emery Golson. “I was drawn to Melissa’s idea of putting the power into the community’s hands by simply asking the community what they wanted. The future to me is about more togetherness–learning together, experiencing together, healing together. Art brings people together in a myriad of ways and I am excited to see what grows within the Deeply Rooted series.”
For more information, including added programs visit https://thedairy.org/deeply-rooted/ Tickets to attend Deeply Rooted events be purchased at https://thedairy.org/deeply-rooted/, in person at the Dairy Box Office, or at the door on the day of the events.