Heritage Alliance to Sponsor Arts Showcase
La Junta, Colo. -
The Heritage Alliance of Otero County Inc., is sponsoring a showcase for arts and heritage groups in Otero County and will celebrate a different group every month at 920 Elm St. in Rocky Ford.
The aim of the showcase is to link cultural education with economic activities by introducing members of the community to the wide variety of artists and heritage groups at work in Otero County.
The 20 foot by 10 foot space can be used by community groups and individuals for lectures, exhibits, intimate performances, displays, or promotional events. Groups can become eligible to use the space by becoming members of the Heritage Alliance.
During the month of September, the showcase will feature The Otero Players, a performing arts organization based at Otero Junior College in La Junta. A display promoting the theatre group’s 2009-2010 season will occupy the space, and information about the organization and its upcoming productions will be available in an information box at the entrance.
The mission of HAOC, according to President RuAnn Keith, is to enhance the quality of life in southeastern Colorado for both residents and visitors by cultivating the relationship between arts, humanities, culture and the tourism industry.
“HOAC hopes to attract artists and cultural workers to our organization,” said Keith, “so they can become familiar with the ways in which we can support their efforts.”
The Alliance was formed in 2007 as a 501-c-3 nonprofit to coordinate programs, resources, and promotions that forge relations with the tourism industry so the entire community benefits from a synergy of effort. HAOC seeks institutional support for conserving, restoring and reviving the historic heritage of the county through charitable ventures and educational partnerships.
“With an eye toward regional planning and funding cycles, HAOC strives to further public interests by fostering dynamic partnerships among those pursuing artistic excellence and cultural innovation in Otero County and its adjacent communities," Keith said.
“There are so many wonderful groups and individuals among us, making our lives richer,” added Keith. “The showcase is a way of recognizing their contributions while cultivating a healthy cultural environment.”
Groups and individuals interested in participating in the showcase should call HAOC at (719) 383-0107.