Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Judy Anderson

#85: Judy Anderson

When Judy Anderson founded PlatteForum a decade ago, it was a good idea. Over the years, with the help of an enthusiastic team, it's morphed into a great idea -- a well-oiled machine that molds a rare product: Kids pumped up on creativity.

The basic idea behind the nonprofit -- pairing inner-city youth with resident artist-mentors for in-depth projects culminating in exhibitions -- isn't unique to PlatteForum, but few programs ever reach the same pinnacle: With help from her staff, Anderson has led PlatteForum and, specifically, its ArtLab program, all the way to Washington, D.C., where she accepted a $10,000 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2011. One of only twelve such grants awarded across the nation, it was handed over by Michelle Obama herself.

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- Eyes on the prize: Michelle Obama honors PlatteForum - Book of Life - 100 Colorado Creatives: Theresa Anderson