The PlatteForum formula -- teaming a professional artist with at-risk youth to build a unique art show that showcases the work of all -- never seems to go wrong. Without losing a beat, PlatteForums Judy Anderson finds artists who are not only enormously talented, but who also inspire in rare ways, lighting a fire under every kid they meet. The resulting exhibits will, without exception, blow your mind.
The latest offering, Homage...to Judith Jamison and the Earth, pairs young people from the Colfax Community Network and ArtLab Jr. with Harlem-born sculptor Li Hardison, who introduced the processes of relief sculpture to her students while creating what she hopes is the first step in a series of bronze sculptures honoring strong African-American women. Hardisons stunning clay likeness of Alvin Ailey dancer/director Judith Jamison inspired the kids in their own tributes to nature and the earth. All of the works go on display at a reception tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at PlatteForum, 1610 Little Raven Street, where Homage continues through January 9. Go to www.platteforum.org or call 303-893-0791 for details.
Dec. 18-Jan. 9, 2008