Posted by ddascalos on May 3, 2022
PlatteForum has landed a second space in FLIGHT at TAXI. This light-filled gallery and studio space will provide PlatteForum’s resident artists more studio space and exhibition opportunities. With its ever expanding ArtLab, it gives a flexible learning space to tie exhibitions in with the surrounding community. Located on the campus at TAXI in the Five Points neighborhood near Globeville Elyria/Swansea, this also gives resident artists and ArtLab interns a community of supporters nearby while reaching beyond. The first exhibition opening in the Annex Gallery will feature resident Artist, Annette Isham beginning May 27, 2022.
Michael Gadlin, Executive Director of PlatteForum says: Our passion to serve our community and provide areas of opportunity for our ArtLab youth is growing outward as we expand our reach beyond our walls. Connecting to other communities that share the same mission and vision is crucial in a time when we’ve been isolated and unexpected changes seem inevitable. We are poised to create a lasting program that feeds back into the community, giving opportunities to thrive. Our position right now is to help open doors that may otherwise be closed.
Furthering its growth, reach, and mission, PlatteForum has also been awarded a large two-year grant from Caring for Denver Foundation which will allow the organization to expand access to mental health and wellness supports for ArtLab’s Interns through ArtLab’s trauma-informed, social-emotion arts education programming. Interns will have access to trusted youth-adult partnerships, case management, physical wellness and clinical services during their time at ArtLab. The grant, totaling $274,000 over two years, will give the organization funds to train staff on mental health first aid, and hire a therapist to lead workshops with its high school interns and so much more. Caring for Denver Foundation was founded and funded with overwhelming voter support to address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs by growing community-informed solutions, dismantling stigma, and turning the community’s desire to help into action.
ArtLab, PlatteForum’s flagship arts-education internship program for high school teens, boasts a 12-year, 95 percent on-time graduation rate, significantly higher than Colorado’s rate of 80.7 percent (6th lowest in the county). Additionally, PlatteForum began tracking post-secondary education activity in 2016, and 80 percent of teens who graduated from high school while in ArtLab have continued on to pursue post-secondary education. All youth workshops, exhibitions, performances, and events have always been, and will continue to be, offered at no charge to everyone, ensuring all youth and community members have equal access.
PlatteForum is an award-winning and innovative arts, youth-development, and artist-in-residence program founded in Denver, Colorado in 2002. As a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, PlatteForum teams under-resourced youth with professional artists in intensive, structured, and long-term creative learning environments. Youth work side by sde with resident artists to collaboratively plan, produce, and exhibit a body of work in an environment in which artistic excellence is highly valued. Youth in PlatteForum’s programs delve into a variety of art forms, confronting challenges and obstacles and making life-changing discoveries about who they are, what they are capable of achieving, and where they belong in the world. For more information visit the website, or engage with PlatteForum on Instagram (@platteforum).
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