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.
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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