Colorado Creatives

Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Laura Ann Samuelson

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What is one art trend you want to see die?

I am really ready for artists and the public to get behind transparent creative exchange. I often find that it is when I am undone by all that I have yet to understand that I stumble upon something truly significant. I am tired of the notion that artists should strive only towards mastery and never towards failure. Even when it is excruciating, I tend to discover so much more on the brink of and/or swimming in failure than in the midst of sound accomplishment.

What's your day job?

I teach dance improvisation, composition and performance technique classes with the teaching collective the Spill Project as well as through the Colorado Conservatory of Dance's professionals program. On top of that, I work as a nanny for a few awesome families in Boulder and Louisville.

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

Well, I would definitely hire an administrator. Then, the two of us would set out to create an arts center that served local and international artists by providing studio and performance space and paying them for their work. This arts center would also offer free classes, lectures and events to the public. Additionally, I would curate a bunch of alternative art festivals all over town.

At the same time, I realize that at least in the field of experimental performance, the structural limitations surrounding the creation of new work often strengthen it and send it in new directions. Don't get me wrong, I fiercely believe artists should be paid well for what they do. I just wonder if truly unlimited funding would in some way hinder the quality of work happening here...

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

Seek out art happening in your city. React to it. Be loud about what you think. Follow artists whose work excites you, challenges you, drives you crazy. Actively find a way to interact with it. There is a lot happening here.

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