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By Leanne Goebel
Special to The PREVIEW
Are you an artist who lives in Archuleta County?
Are you a painter, a sculptor, a writer? Do you write music? Are you a member of a band? Do you whip up lotions and potions? Are you a performer of any kind? Do you design landscapes, buildings, logos or fashion? Do you make art that’s a little strange? Are your handcrafted items for sale around the world?
If so, we want to know who you are and what you do. We want you to be part of the Pagosa Arts & Culture Project.
The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is a directory, a database, a listing, a way to share the making and creating happening throughout the Pagosa Springs area.
It’s a free service being created to highlight all aspects of the substantial and growing creative community.
Currently, the Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is building a web-based directory of all the creative people and businesses in the community.
This website will make these cultural assets easy to find in online search engines and will share the wealth of innovative and talented individuals that call our small town home.
This sort of database is called “cultural mapping” and similar projects have been undertaken in communities around the country in order to realize and recognize the value of their creative assets.
The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project will provide the groundwork for continued collaboration and cooperation and promotional efforts of the combined community. One of the first goals of the project is to establish a solid foundation of cultural and creative individuals and businesses, to create a viable plan for promoting these assets and to hire an administrator to help coordinate the effort.
Look for profiles of creative individuals and businesses coming in the near future. If you want to be profiled, you have to sign up.
To register go to http://pagosaacp.org/Register.html.
Enter all the requested information and select all of the categories in which you wish to be included. You can hold down the Control key to select multiple categories. If we have missed a category, there is a box where you can add it. Then provide links to your website, etsy page, ebay, facebook, whatever you wish. Click agree to terms and conditions and submit. It’s that simple.
The website is the first step to developing a database of local cultural assets. The PACP wants to include nonprofit organizations, museums, arts-related businesses and cultural entities, as well as individuals. Help with the effort by uploading your information. It may seem like nothing is happening, but we are diligently working to raise the funds necessary to build this website. The end result of creating this website is that we can begin to promote Pagosa Springs as a creative center.
For more information, contact Leanne Goebel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 903-5272.