James Turrell Skyspace Installation and New York’s Ballet Hispanico at the Cape Green Box Arts Festival

More than 50 shows, events and classes scheduled for the annual GMF celebration

Green Box is thrilled to announce a captivating new Skyspace by a legendary light and space artist James Turrel will begin welcoming visitors on June 18 – the opening day of the Green Box Arts Festival. The facility is Colorado’s first Skyspace and the first in the world to be carved into the side of a mountain.

Green Box’s Skyspace by James Turrell presents a one-of-a-kind kinetic experience that alters the perception of nature and the sky through contemporary light, color and space – an experiential work of art like nowhere else in the world. world. The 78-year-old Californian’s work aims to engage viewers with the limits and wonders of art in nature. The Colorado journey begins with an inspiring hike on one of two new nature trails through Red Butte Recreation Area and City Viewpoint, with views of the iconic Gazebo Lake Park. From there, the Skyspace pilgrims continue their ascent to the final destination.

“James Turrell is known for cultivating peaceful and powerful environmental art that focuses on human perception,” said Christian Keesee, co-founder of Green Box. “His Skyspaces can be understood as creative observatories – a combination of architecture, sculpture and atmosphere perfectly positioned in nature.”

The Green Mountain Falls Historical Foundation commissioned the installation of Skyspace at Green Mountain Falls. Green Box executive director Scott RC Levy noted that his first experience in a Skyspace was transformative.

“Skyspaces are a true representation of art that addresses humanity’s need for wonder, serenity, and connection,” Levy said. “There’s no way to understand its impact until you visit one yourself. We hope that visitors seeking renewed inspiration and meaningful new perspectives will return to the serenity of Green Mountain Falls to enjoy our Skyspace season after season, year after year.

Skyspace isn’t the only showstopper this summer at Green Box’s 14and annual arts festival! Join us on Saturday, June 18 to celebrate FOUR visual art unveilings. Besides Skyspace, the opening day of the festival will also celebrate: X9 Communicationsby israeli artist Yaakov Agam; melt waterby artist-in-residence Green Box Michel Krondl; and a new Keith Haring Outdoor Fitness Court®.

X9 Communications is a beloved work of art that has sat on Chicago’s prominent Magnificent Mile for decades. Standing an impressive 43 feet tall, the stainless steel tower changes appearance as you move around its three sides. melt water is a 2-dimensional display resulting from a three-step process using photographs of the region. And, as part of an initiative launched by the National Fitness Campaign, a new Keith Haring Outdoor Fitness Court® will be available for free year-round access this summer. This permanent, city-owned feature of Pool Park is designed to activate public spaces by uniting the inspiration of world-class art and the life-changing benefits of access to healthy infrastructure.

DANCE: New York Hispanic Ballet, one of America’s cultural treasures and leading Latinx organizations, will take the stage several times during the festival. Led by Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the company is made up of a group of technically deep artists who embody the complexity of contemporary dance today. Fourteen dancers from the company will perform 18+1 and LInear Recta, works by two highly sought-after choreographers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano.

While in Green Mountain Falls, Ballet Hispánico will also travel to communities across southern Colorado to provide community engagement, including free masterclasses, featuring social dances that have helped make the company famous over the years. last 50 years.

MUSIC: The Block Party opening night will kick off with a new work performed by the current Poet Laureate from the Pikes Peak area Ashley Corneliusfollowed by a concert with the Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Don’t miss our second Block Party, the annual 4and from the July event featuring the Denver Dolls and Latin GRAMMY winner El Twanguero. More opportunities to enjoy live music abound with a concert by a French/Chinese/American songwriter and accordionist jessica fichotSunday Sing-Alongs and our new “Open Mic Night” events where you can show off your talents as a musician, actor or dancer – cabaret style!

EVENTS: Two outdoor movie nights will be presented by Rocky Mountain Women’s Film: Los Hermanos and An Evening of Short Films, featuring Gramma & Ginga and my indian muse, and a work from the critically acclaimed Youth Documentary Academy. For theater fans, join Theatreworks for two FREE outdoor performances of an abridged version of Shakespeare’s classic, Storm. Grab your pup and join us for the 2n/a annual dog parade and enjoy the performances of The canine stars! – an award-winning Stunt Dog Show featured on America’s Got Talent. The whole family will enjoy spending the day in our first Palooza Puppet while enjoying shows, workshops and even a puppet museum! Other fan favorites return this year with Nature Hikes, Astronomy & S’mores and our ever-popular art office Conversations – featuring a Colorado-based author, scientist and autism and animal welfare activist Grandin Temple.

COURSES & CAMPS: Once again, classes, camps and culinary arts are on the agenda, ensuring there is something interesting for all ages to get creative with in the inspiring atmosphere of Green Box. K-12 camps are presented by the Manitou Springs School District and include: Green Box Construction Arts Camp; Green Box Integrated Arts Camp; 48 hour musical camp. Our popular Toddler Time series for toddlers and their adult friends is back. Cooking classes include Tamales and Salsa de Cocina Corazón, Apple and Chicken Pies with Lisa Huizenga, Sommelier Sessions with Howard Price, and a Scotch on the Rocks event. Daily yoga classes are back, as is Silversmithing 101 – and a new Silversmithing Keepsake Lidded Box workshop has been added to the schedule. Additional visual art classes include Fiber Fusion and Visible Mending, plus other opportunities to get creative including our Stand-Up Comedy and Puppet Making workshops.

Discover Green Box for yourself this summer!

Daily Skyspace Experiences: During the festival, sign up for one of our daily sunrise, sunset or closed-top shows in our new Skyspace by contemporary and space art artist James Turrell. To visit greenboxarts.org for tickets and more information.

Audio Walking Tour – The Art and History of Green Mountain Falls: Put on a pair of headphones at all times and take your own guided tour exploring the art installations of Green Mountain Falls and the history of this beautiful place. Created by Green Box Artist-in-Residence Jessica Kahkoska, we look forward to visitors gleaning a new perspective on this natural and creative environment. Information on access to the visit is available at the green ticket office and greenboxarts.org.

Lantern crafting design station: Join us in one of our studios every day during the festival to design your very own water lantern! Green Box will hold a special lantern launch to close the festival after the 4and of July Block Party. A complete kit will be provided to you as well as various materials to help you embellish your work.

For a full list of festival events, visit greenboxarts.org. Many events are free, all require registration. Show tickets and event registration will go live on Monday, May 16. Registration for children’s camps is available at connect14.org/green-box-camps.

green box was launched in 2009 in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado and has grown into a year-round multidisciplinary visual and performing arts incubator. The organization offers residents and visitors from Colorado and around the world the opportunity to participate in the creative arts in the natural beauty that awaits at the base of Pikes Peak. Anchored by an annual summer arts festival, Green Box also engages with the community throughout the year through an active artist-in-residence program, arts education and public art installations. . Renowned for its public art installations, a selection of past installations include 1.8 Green Mountain Falls by Janet Echelman; The musical swings by Daily every day; Field of Light and Teepees by Bruce Munro; and Footprint in green by Patrick Dougherty. Dance troupes that have performed include the Green Box Artists-in-Residence American Ballet Theater of 2021, New York’s KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Bridgman I Packer Dance, Oklahoma City Ballet and the internationally acclaimed ballroom duo Antonina Skobina and Denys Drozdyuk.

Green Mountain Falls and Ute Pass –At an elevation of 7,800 feet, Green Mountain Falls hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. Most notably, however, it is known for the nationally acclaimed Green Box Arts Festival. Surrounded by the Pike National Forest, the city is located near popular attractions such as the Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. A hugely popular hiking destination, visitors also enjoy the fishing, swimming, biking, tennis courts and ice skating in the winter, as well as the town’s unique restaurants, pubs and shops. The town is only 20 minutes from central Colorado Springs and closer to Manitou Springs, Woodland Park and other Ute Pass communities such as Cascade and Chipita Park.

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