Dancing Spirit Community Art Center is a 501(c)3 that is dedicated to providing our community with programs that enhance creativity and fellowship, that promotes education, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts and that celebrates the cultural heritage of our unique population.
We offer ongoing art classes for kids, adults, and families and we serve our community with programs that bring us all together, lift everyone up, and heal our pasts.
Non- Financial Program Accomplishments
Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center
PO 414 | 115 Ute Street Ignacio CO 81137 US
Gallery: 695 Goddard Ave, Ignacio CO 81137
2022 heralded both triumphs and struggles for Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center programming. Our community and class engagement has been drastically affected by three years of the COVID-19 Pandemic but the vision for Dancing Spirit still burns bright, and with the help of our board, staff, volunteers, supporters and community, we continue to see growth in a myriad of avenues.
Our class engagement for students ranging from age 3 to adult increased from 1745 (including take home art kits) in 2021 to 2353, with art kits only continuing to go to the local elementary school in 2022. We were able to teach 127 in person classes with 183 contact hours. These classes were taught in collaboration with other area organizations including local schools and community programs.
We were also able to engage 23 repeat and 5 one time volunteers. Our volunteers consist of past and present artists, business and nonprofit professionals and community members and rage from 8 years old to adult (only adults are counted in numbers for the protection and privacy of our youth. Our volunteers help us with public art installations, assembling projects and activities, assisting with outreach such as fundraisers, and so much more.
From our after school and summer kids programs to our adult classes and workshops, Dancing Spirit Community Art Center has something for everyone and every ability.
We are excited to be able to offer limited capacity in person programming including Adult pottery classes, After School Arts, the Sketchbook Project and Camp Creative (our week long art camps during school breaks).
We began as a grassroots artist co-op founded on cooperative principles, and focused on education in the community. We successfully use cultural strengths, such as collective vision, respect for elders, stewardship, and cooperation among group members to create a community-wide culture identified with self-empowerment.
The demand for Dancing Spirit's work with youth continues to explode in all directions.