Outreach

Opportunities for the guild to interact with the community

Basket Weaving Outreach Opportunity

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Outreach

Hello Guild Members, looking ahead to October . . .
We received this inquiry from the American Society of Botanical Artists:
Our 20th anniversary national/international conference will be here in Denver this October. Our conference is 4 days long and consists of lectures, portfolio sharing, workshops and half day as well as full day classes. We are taking conference goers to the Plains Conservation Center to show them the native grasses, etc. that grow there. This tour in particular made me wonder if you have a group member who may be enthusiastic about sharing their basket weaving skills and the plants used in this process because it ties in nicely with the Plains Conservation Center Tour. The 18th of October from 8:30am to 3pm is a time frame I have available.
: www.asba-art.org
If any of you are interested, please contact me for more information.
Meri Moller
Outreach Coordinator

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Outreach Volunteers, Past and Future

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Outreach

OUTREACH

The Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild worked 182 hours at the 2014 National Western Stock Show. We got contact information from new people to let them know about our guild and our annual guild sale. With that many hours and all of those people coming by, I am confident that we have educated a great many people. Good Job to all Volunteers!

We have more opportunities coming up:
Broomfield Heights Middle School has asked us to do weaving with 2 classes of 6th graders. We have the plan set but can use volunteers to help execute it. We will train you, you just have to like kids! The date is Thursday, February 20th from 12:00 to 3:00 at the school. Contact Meri Moller, Outreach Coordinator
The Gathering of the Guilds will be held on Sunday, April 27th at the Boetcher Mansion. This is an opportunity so sell your wares. A cost of 15% of your proceeds is requested in lieu of a rental space. Admission is $5 and free to guild members. Many guilds participate. If you are interested, contact Meri Moller, Outreach Coordinator before February 17th.
Greenwood Village is having a 100 year celebration on Saturday, May 3rd from 11:00 – 2:00. They would like to have a weaver and a spinner to demonstrate at their event. The demo loom can be available for this. If you are interested contact Meri Moller, Outreach Coordinator.

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Need Volunteers for Guatemalan Weaving Demonstration

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Outreach

Friendship Bridge is a nonprofit organization that supports women in Guatemala through education and microfinance. We are based in Lakewood Colorado but have more than 20,000 clients in Guatemala. About 25% of our clients are artisans, specializing in beautiful textiles.

In April, we will be hosting our annual fundraising event in Denver. I am looking for someone who can demonstrate back strap weaving as tradition in Guatemala. Or even foot loom weaving. We nee dsomeone who specializes in backstrap or footloom weaving that could demonstrate for a few hours to our audience. We have many people attending who are VERY interested in this art and the culture behind it.

Our event is April 24, and we would be looking for a few weavers from 5:30-7:30p.m. (arrive at 4:30p.m. to set up, would pack up after 7:30p.m. when our formal presentation on stage starts). I would love for them to simply be weaving throughout our social hours – while people are munching on appetizers, bidding on silent auction and shopping at our Guatemalan marketplace. I am specifically looking for people who can weave in the tradition of our Guatemala clients and be able to answer the odd question that a guest might have. I’ve attached a few pictures of our clients just to give you an idea. For more information, email Tori at tbarnett@friendshipbridge.org.


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Volunteers for Stock Show Needed

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Outreach

Meri Moller urgently needs volunteers for spinning and weaving demonstrations at the National Western Stock Show for the next two weeks!
Please let her know if you might be available–she can tell you when she still needs time slots to be filled.
Email her at outreach@rmweaversguild.org.

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Volunteer at the National Western Stock Show!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Outreach

National Western Stock Show

Thursday, January 9th through Sunday, January 26th are the dates for the NWSS this year. We are looking for volunteers to demonstrate Spinning and Weaving in the Hall of Education. The Hall is open from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM and can use people any of the days, any of the shifts. Use this opportunity to enjoy this National show. Just Contact Meri Moller, Outreach Coordinator for RMWG to sign up and get passes. Parking is free!

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Family Dye Day at the Art Museum

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Outreach

SPEND THE DAY AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM! Volunteers needed to help with activities!

RMWG has a wonderful outreach opportunity to work with the DAM–

A Family Dye Day at the Dye Garden is scheduled for September 14 from 10-4 (regular museum hours are 10-5). A series of stations will be set up that need volunteers to help with the the activities out on the plaza (outside of the Hamilton Building entrance). There will be a few opportunities to explore natural dyes inside the museum. Here is the event listing with a picture of our Pop-up Dye Garden if you haven’t had a chance to visit it in person: http://denverartmuseum.org/calendar/day-dye-garden-flowers-fabrics.

Here are the stations that we are developing at this point with a brief explanation. Except for the Indigo Dyeing, all stations will be out on the plaza:

1. Touch/Feel Dye Plants (Visitors can explore an array of dye plants, see the colors they produce, see samples of dyed fabrics)

2. Plants Steeping/Preparation for Dyeing (learn about the steps taken to prepare plants for natural dyeing)

3. Painting with Natural Dyes (Visitors can paint with natural dyes)

4. Compost (Eco) Dyeing/Bundle Dyeing (demonstration of compost and bundle dyeing techniques; visitors can take home instruction sheets to try at home)

5. Tour of the Dye Garden (with landscape architects that contributed to project; pick up creative tips on how to create your own dye garden on any scale)

6. Indigo Dyeing (visitors will be able to sign up to dye a bandana in the Lower Level Art Studio): Donna Brown will need help with this activity

The event runs from 10-4, so if we have enough volunteers to cover, we could easily divide it into a 10 AM-1 PM shift and a 1 PM-4 PM shift. We can expect that Education Department staff and interns will also be on hand to assist where needed.

Please contact Meri  Moller, Outreach Coordinator, if you are interested.  Email
outreach@rmweaversguild.org.

RMWG volunteers will receive free parking for the day along with a ticket to visit the museum another time

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