(Mosaic, our 2014 fund-raising event, will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, September 5 here at the Center. We’re especially excited out our main musical guests, Café Americana, and we want you to be excited too! Here’s a bit more about them, and don’t forget to buy your tickets using the link on this page!) blockquote>
* * *
We’ve captured a few strays from the Denver area acoustic roots band Stray Dog: Eric Woods, Zac Cottrell & Anne and Joe Rigley. From numerous original songs, acoustic interpretations of classic rock tunes, 1940’s jazz standards, all the way to bluegrass and blues, they put their own mark on a broad, eclectic mix of music. Eric’s unique touch on the guitar over Joe’s classy bass backs Anne’s remarkably sweet, pure and honest voice, all while riding Zac’s magical percussion on the Cajón.
Audiences consistently remark that the unique hallmark of this group is their ability to make you feel as if you are sitting around the coffee table with them in the basement making music, with as much focus on enjoying the music as playing it.
So on September 5 come to the Center for art and cuisine, then have a seat and enjoy!
Colorado artist Ann Cunningham has been teaching art to blind students at the Center since … well, it feels like she’s always been with us! That’s why we’re excited to spread the word. For the next two weekends, Ann will be demonstrating stone carving at the Denver Art Museum as part of their weekend artist demonstrations. We’re reposting some of the info explaining what that’s all about from DAM’s web site. If you want to find out what other artist demonstrations are coming up, follow the link.
Every day the museum is open, visitors can explore the creative process behind assorted techniques and mediums in the Sculpture Studio.
Every weekend, visitors will have a chance to pull back the curtain and immerse themselves in the artistic process as local artists demonstrate a variety
of sculpting techniques.
Weekend demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 pm.
August 23 & 24, 30 & 31: Ann Cunningham — Stone Carving (outdoors on Martin Plaza)
An Evening of Art, Cuisine and Entertainment
Tickets are just $30, $10 for children under 12.
Proceeds benefit the programs at the Colorado Center for the Blind. From youth to seniors, we teach our students that blindness is just a characteristic. It’s all about confidence!
Join us at the Center:
Friday, September 5th
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taste a wide selection of foods from some of Littleton’s best restaurants.
Learn how blind students create sculpture and stone carvings, and how they build a final project in woodshop.
Pick up some basics in Braille.
Cap off the evening with Cafe Americana’s own blend of American roots music – everything from jazz, bluegrass and folk to originals!
Bid on your dream vacation or a fun night out on the town and much more.
Watch the video of the July 30 Talent Show finale:
Summer Youth Programs ended July 30 with a student talent show featuring solo singing and duets, Native American flute, songs in Spanish, Mandarin and Thai, as well as lively and funny Emceeing.
The finale of the show – and the summer – was was ‘You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful’ sung by all summer students and staff.
Why this song? Youth Services Director Brent Batron decided it was the theme of the summer after hearing it almost every day for month at 7 a.m. Early-arriving students took advantage of the baby grand piano in our lobby to play and sing before the start of classes. ‘You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful’ was a daily favorite.
Despite the teen-love theme of the lyrics, the title at least resonates with the goals and purpose of our summer programs and Youth Programs in general – to instill in blind youth the belief in themselves and their capacity, and that blindness is respectable.
Editor’s Note: Annalyn, a 17-year-old from South Carolina, was part of our Earn and Learn Program in 2014. She worked at the Auraria Childcare Center with infants and toddlers, taking a 20-minute light rail ride to work early each morning. She wrote this thank-you letter in perfect contracted Braille with her slate and stylus. The next morning, our next-to-last day in the Summer 2014 Youth Programs, she read it aloud to Brent and Julie at our morning announcements. Read the letter and you might see why Brent and Julie were momentarily speechless, but also why we do what we do at the Colorado Center for the Blind.
Dear Brent and Julie,
Thank you so much for your full effort, time, and consideration in order to make this summer happen. You two have changed my perspective in life in the context of who I am. And I am so grateful. I came to this summer camp empty handed, and I’m going home armored with the knowledge of who I really am.
I am still Anna, but I can cook, clean, travel places, and access my technology. All of which are the perfect tools that can provide me with my needs in the real world. I couldn’t have done it without this training [program], and what made this summer change people’s lives such as I, is the people who have the heart and passion to make it happen. Thank you so much Brent and Julie. I’m going to get on the airplane with tears of joy and gratitude. I know now that just because someone says otherwise, doesn’t mean I can’t, because I can. Anything I set my mind on, I can fulfill. And I have you guys to thank with all my gratitude.