Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Emily K. Harrison

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What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

I don't really follow trends all that much; it took me years to agree to try on a pair of skinny jeans. So I'll just speak to a centuries-old trend that has seen its day: I'm sick of artists being asked (and often agreeing) to work for way less than they're worth. That's a seriously terrible, enduring, national trend. Get your shit together, America.

What's your day job?

I have several of them. I work as adjunct faculty for the Department of Theatre & Dance at CU-Boulder as well as for the School of the Arts at Naropa University. I also work half-time as the Graduate Academic Advisor for the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa. Oh: and I run a theater company. You know. In my spare time.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

First off, I would write them a thank-you note. Beyond that: I have lots of ideas. I would invest in an alternative performing arts venue in Boulder, to start. Our options are pretty limited right now and there aren't really any readily available flexible spaces. Then I'd offer my company members and some other awesome artists a living wage to make theater full-time. Think of that!

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Think local. There's a lot of talk about supporting local businesses in cities like Boulder and Denver, but people often don't consider that it's just as important to support your local artists. Go see local theater companies and musicians, buy goods from local designers and artists. It doesn't mean you shouldn't also go see your favorite band when they play at the Ogden or the Boulder Theater, but show love in equal or greater portions for your local arts scene: it's a pretty fantastic scene, I tell you what. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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