Uniting States

Denver is home to more than 3,000 refugees from Burma, a fact local nonprofit Project Worthmore shines a light on every single day. The organization was started in 2011 by Frank and Carolyn Anello in response to the underserved population’s lack of basic necessities upon arriving in Colorado. Providing food, clothing, access to housing and, most important, English-language skills and cultural mentorship became the group’s primary focus. Tonight, Project Worthmore’s Our Neighbors, Ourselves benefit and silent auction will shed light on an often unseen plight through powerful photographs and painted imagery.

“When refugees come to Denver, most of them come with pretty much just the clothes on their backs; we help with the whole resettlement process,” says Project Worthmore’s Carmen Melton. For this fundraiser, Melton — herself an artist — called on her creative community to help. The event will feature the photography of Ryan Roco, an international photojournalist who lived in Burma, along with some painted interpretations of the images, all for sale to benefit the nonprofit’s work. Flobots violist Mackenzie Gault will perform live as guests bid on the artwork and learn more about Project Worthmore.

Our Neighbors, Ourselves runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Aurora Cultural Arts District studios, 1400 Dallas Street in Aurora. Tickets are $25 to $70 and include drinks, light appetizers and desserts. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit projectworthmore.org.
Sat., March 1, 6-10 p.m., 2014

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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