A Creative Wave

More than a few participants in Create Denver Week, which took place earlier this month, came away giddy with the power of networking and collaboration. And many had the same question: “Why can’t it always be like this?” The answer is that it can.

Transplanted Chicagoan Sandra Fettingis was already on to that possibility when she began planning Project Hello, the kind of event she saw a lot of in the Windy City, but not so much here in the Mile High. “In its most basic form, it’s a one-day event uniting Denver’s creative community and featuring work surrounding the concept of introduction,” Fettingis says of the affair, which combines every creative discipline under the sun, from fashion to filmmaking, together in one big place: the hallways of Taxi II, the fluid live/work arts community at 3457 Ringsby Court.

“We’ll have a culinary booth, next to a jewelry booth, next to a musician, next to a writer.” And, Fettingis adds, visitors will find Project Hello anything but passive: “This will not just be a viewing party. Artists will be doing work on-site, and it will be very hands-on and participatory.” For instance, she explains, one crafter — a quilter — will invite attendees to try their hand at stitching a quilt, and another couple will engage guests in helping to create a sculptural installation. In the meantime, there will be wandering models dressed in local fashions, a visit by the Denver Cupcake Truck, ongoing performances and fine art packing the walls.

Peruse and play at Project Hello today beginning at noon; the finale, from 6 to 7 p.m., will include live music by Modern Witch, a band that will both create and perform within a site-specific installation. Admission is free; go to http://projecthello.posterous.com/project-hello-creatives for details.
Sat., May 8, 12-7 p.m., 2010

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