Stories behind the artists:
Members of the ASLD community share their stories and why #ArtMatters to them.
At ASLD, we believe everyone has a story to share. This Artist Stories project started out as a way to share with our community members the immense impact that ASLD has had on the lives of artists, be they faculty, students, volunteers, board members, etc. Gathering these stories at the end of the challenging year that was 2020 turned out to be a balm for our spirits. It reminded us why art matters, why ASLD matters, and reoriented us toward our goal of creating art experiences that are accessible to all.
We also realized, as we gathered these stories, that we wanted this project to live beyond our year-end fundraising campaign. So we’ve archived the original stories here, and will add more over time. After all, one of the most magical truths about these stories is that they are happening every day in the studios and Zoom rooms of ASLD. You, our community of art lovers, are making ASLD history all the time.
That history matters immensely to us – so we’re collecting your stories here. We hope reading them will bring you the same sense of joy, accomplishment, and community pride that we feel knowing we’re in such good company.
Want to share your story? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured.
“There is a community of artists. People are kind and non-judgmental. I like the relaxed and natural feel where people can just be themselves.”
“Clay teaches life lessons in addition to technique and artistry.”
“Working at the ASLD has taught me the important role that art has to make changes for the good of the community, in my case the immigrant and Latino community. Also it has helped me to understand and accept the responsibility that I have as a role model for the Latino and immigrant community in Denver which is an honor for me”
“Taking the classes improved my art skills tremendously! It also introduced me to local AND foreign artists through their visiting artist program. I was exposed to different mediums of art and networking with the other artists in the community. It is a valuable forum!”
“The ASLD has been an integral part of my life in three distinct phases, having helped nurture my art as a child, develop my skills as a pre-teen, and gave me a place to both work and grow as a young adult. The attached piece was made by compiling life drawings done at the ASLD.”
“It is very welcoming. Students of all abilities and ages are welcome. There is always something new to learn! I have made wonderful friends at ASLD. That birthday gift is still giving!”
“I’ve also participated as a faculty member and have especially valued ASLD’s commitment to community engagement teaching opportunities (in non-pandemic times): the Art in Prison program at the women’s detention center in Aurora, at the libraries through the PLAZA program, with seniors at Barney Ford Heights in Five Points, and with veterans through the River Deep program.”
“As a child we appreciated how ASLD helped guide the kids through a weeklong class focused on a similar theme, building in time for exploration, skill development and social emotional connection. We are looking forward to more classes so Bea’s artistry can grow! We have been looking for a creative outlet for her and ASLD feels like home to us!”
“Over the years, I’ve taken short courses with Martha Russo, Chris Perez, Jennifer Ghormly, and Beth Cavener which were very informative and inspiring. I’ve used tips I learned from each of these talented artists in my work and I’m grateful for their generosity of spirit..”
” [The] very first class that I took certainly gave me motivation and encouragement to continue printmaking. Additionally, since I do not have my own etching press at home, the accessibility to the open studio has tremendously helped me to create my work throughout the year..”
“I like that there is art instruction available for all levels in lots of mediums. If someone wants to take a class just for fun this is the place, if someone is a serious artist, honing skills, this is the place. For someone who wants to connect with other creatives this is a great place.”