ELHI to kick off season with festivities

Alberta Bison-Doyebi has spent hours volunteering with Dancing Spirit to paint, build and design new works of art to be put in the square.
Kasey Correia of Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center speaks to Southern Ute Tribal member Alberta Bison-Doyebi about the future plans of the Inspiration Square.
Randy Doyebi works on getting the new entrance to the ELHI complete.
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum

The third annual Education, Literacy, Health and Inspiration (ELHI) Fall Harvest Festival will be held in conjunction with a special dedication ceremony of the brand-new Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center’s “Inspiration Square,” Friday evening, Oct. 5.

The first Fall Harvest Festival came to life in 2015, and now years later is an event many look forward to as it is a time for families and friends to enjoy a free event and games.

“The heartbeat of your town is where you meet,” Kasey Correia of Dancing Spirit said, when she was reminiscing about the old town square of Ignacio, Colo.

Inspiration square is the latest community project that is a creative and inviting public space for everyone to gather at. The project has the opportunity to attract more people, events and ideas with its convenient location in front of the ELHI building. The shared space will cultivate more economic, social and cultural services, according to Correia.

This project has been in the works for the past year and will be available for use to nurture inspiration and growth after the opening. Many volunteers have stepped forward and contributed: art, time and their beliefs to this project.

Join the Dancing Spirit members and the community by celebrating the season at the Fall Harvest Festival, where the Inspiration Square will be put to use for the first time. “We’re open to any organizations who want to come and set up here,” Correia said.

“Having the community here, in the Inspiration Square, will make it theirs, it will represent the whole community,” Correia stated. She has been working with local and tribal entities to contribute to the numerous murals, picnic tables, and newly planted flowers and trees.

“Come in and create some art,” Correia encourages. “The space will be open to new art installations by anyone whose willing.”

“This is a collaboration with everybody and I’m excited to get this done for everyone to see,” Correia emphasized. “I connect to the community through my heart and I am so humbled to be the catalyst for this project.”

Live music and performers will be providing the entertainment for the event. Free food will be offered as well as carriage rides, face painting, crafts, and games. Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the ELHI building in downtown Ignacio.

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