Morning Brief: AltaVita Independent Living Under Construction

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AltaVita Living under constuction (Photo by Macie May/ Longmont Observer)

AltaVita Independent Living is currently under construction at 1001 AltaVita Court.

According to Rigo Leal, City of Longmont public information officer, “This Final PUD Development Plan was approved in January 2018.  They are currently under construction and they are hoping to open late summer or early fall.” According to the banner at the construction site, AltaVita expects the project to be completed in early 2019.

AltaVita submission to the City was for a “Final Plat and Final Development Plan review for an independent living facility (formerly senior apartments) project consisting of a three story, 84-unit building. This is the third phase of a continuing care community.”

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New display at Firehouse Art Center: “A Place in History”

The following is a press release from the Firehouse Art Center and is published by the Longmont Observer as a public service. 

The Firehouse Art Center brings together Glen Moriwaki, Michael Brohman & C.
Maxx Stevens who each have a personal relationship to current or historically
marginalized groups.

“A Place in History” contends with memory, both individual and collective, and how self- perception and past experiences alter how people compile their own cultural and personal narratives. Importantly, these artists subvert expectations and stereotypes, revealing how communal trauma induces deeply personal revelations of truth.

Glen Moriwaki’s work forms a starting point to understand how we perceive history, when so many stories are unknown to us, or in some cases literally hidden from us. His work stems from the Japanese interment camp Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, which opened 75 years ago this year. It was here that his parents and his 97 year old uncle (who now resides in Longmont) were interned during World War II.

In processing the experiences his family had, he exasperates the idea of freedom with a large wall installation comprised of 70 sheets of watercolor paper painted with free-flying birds, tumbling across the sky at will. A companion piece next to the installation is a silent video portraying images of confinement.

Of his work, Moriwaki states, “art is a powerful force to connect people in divisive times. Having grown up as a Japanese American in a postwar California that was once galvanized against my immigrant community, I have been searching for ways in which art can reach out to both the individual and the larger community over issues no longer historical but contemporary and universal.”

Michael Brohman sets the stage from a different angle, creating works that tell the story of systemic oppression in a myriad of ways. In his formative years he struggled to find his identity as a gay man raised in a condemning religion, and uses his work to consider forced categorization. From the way in which borders divide and segregate people to how humans are segregated in life and in death. He also uses branding and labeling of people in a unique way.

Brohman says, “words are used as descriptors to affirm inclusion or to alienate. Language is used subtly with verbal micro aggressions or directly as a display of dominance and hierarchy. It categorizes and separates individuals into groups with preconceived attributes or inferiorities.”

C.Maxx Stevens then shifts our perspective from an outside, collective conscience to the inner self and devotes her work to telling her story while affirming her family and cultural traditions. She explores the preconceived notions of what Native American art is and “should” look like.

“My work evolves around the notion of memory / life and narrative / fiction. Negotiating with these stereotypes can be time consuming as I don’t feel I need to explain the way my work has evolved or what it means. In the two bodies of work in the show they are based on my process of using materials and being contextualized with my beliefs as a native artist. The spheres are personal and the two-dimensional works are contextualized on my life and memory views of both the native and non-native societies.”

Each artist grapples with these concepts as inheritors of marginalized status, but they do so as individuals, and the strength of the experience lies in the ways they challenge our expectations for such work.

Airborne Gymnastics and Dance Announces Star Wars Summer Camp

Airborne Gymnastics and Dance studio is hosting a Star Wars summer camp for children ages 4-12 during the week of June 11-15. The following includes the activities for the week.

Monday: The Force Discover the forces all around you, young Jedi! We will use Jedi stones (aka magnets) to work on our Jedi mind control, and use static electricity to carry balloons across a circuit of mats without using our hands.
Tuesday: Lightsabers You have earned your own lightsaber! We will begin the day making lightsabers that we will use throughout the day. Jedi will use their lightsaber to knock down Empire buildings (foam towers) and keep Rebel ships in the air.
Wednesday: “Padawan” is a term used for children who have the force and will develop into Jedi. We will wear traditional Padawan robes for some of our rotations while working Jedi acrobatic skills, develop stealth through the laser maze, and practice team work!
Thursday: Spaceships & Droids It isn’t Star Wars without plenty of spaceships and droids! We will be building ships out of mats, and working to cross the green galaxy without falling off our ships! Our Jedi will have to program their droid (blind-folded partner) to cross the ocean without being caught by the sand people (touched by at mat), and we will make our own death stars as a craft!
Friday: Time for Battle This is the official battle day – Jedi versus Sith! Lots of games with a Star Wars twist! Our coaches will be embracing the dark side and our campers will need to work together to defeat the Sith once and for all!

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