Welcome to The Summit County Arts Council

Fish Totem Project by the Summit Young Artists -


Summit Young Artists: Totem Pole Project

Welcome to the website of the Summit County Arts Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Summit County Colorado.  You can help by becoming a member.  We offer many different levels of membership, starting at just $25 a year.  To join, print the attached application and send it with your check to the address on the form.  We offer free or discounted workshops and events, a monthly emailed newsletter, and other benefits detailed on the application. 

We manage a co-operative gallery in Breckenridge; Arts Alive Gallery, which features the diverse work of local artists. In addition to the rotating collection, Arts Alive has several seasonal shows throughout the year. We participate in the Second Saturday Breckenridge Art Walks and have frequent receptions to recognize the featured artists. 

One of our most popular events each year is the Meet the Artist outdoor art fair held on the lawn of the Riverwalk Plaza in Breckenridge.  Check the page titled "Meet the Artists" at the left edge of this page for application and event information.


An outreach program utilizing the artists from Arts Alive Gallery was implemented in 2010.  Called the Summit Young Artists program, the first session featured our clay artists helping the kids made clay fish totems.  Individual clay fish were made by students of the Summit Alternative High School Program (ALTAS).  This was the first clay project for most of the students.  The project included many techniques used in clay construction to give the students an overall feel for working with
clay.  It also gave the students the opportunity to add personal design elements to their fish to represent a characteristic of themselves.

Participating students:  Blanca Casillas, Ryan Cicchinelli, Philip Contos, Michael DeGrado, Aaron Farris, Ivan Flores , Zoey Fredericks, Edgar Fuentes, Nidia Gomez, Ian King, Daniela Lara, Nick Nowacyk, Amber Pennington, Eddie Sanchez Preciado, Darla Reyes, Madeline Rupp, Curtis
Rusciolelli , Liliana Salazar, Leo Santos, Masha Sherrard, Nadia Sierra, Sadie Tidwell, and Brandon Yavor.  Their teacher is Lucy Adams.

This project was organized by Pam Herring, a Summit County clay artist.  Artist volunteers assisting in the project were:  Gigi Henry, Diane Jaynes, Sue Schmidt, Geoff Schmidt, Susan Handelman, Bob Handelman, Joanne Hanson, Nancy Branca, Marty Eisenberg, Valentina Alexeev, Alex
Organsky, Bonnie Kirschenbaum, Lisa Bennison Noll and Thad Noll.

The generosity of the Summit Foundation supports our "Focus on the Child" program, bringing local artists into the schools to work with children.  During the spring months of 2007, Dillon Valley elementary school was the recipient of the “Focus on the Child” grant from the Summit Foundation.  This grant along with funds from the parent–teacher organization enabled professional muralist, Bonnie Norling Wakeman to work with a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders on an important and educational mural project that was placed on an 8 x 30 foot wall adjacent to the Dillon Valley elementary library.

The mural incorporates the “learner profile” outline used in this dual language school to teach and encourage the kids to learn and grow with respect and cooperation with one another.

Bonnie used a group of the students as models and painted 75 children in the mural, reading, recreating and interacting in their school setting as well as writing out all the words from the “learner profile” and the school motto in English and Spanish.

Images from Dillon Valley Elementary's Mural Project with Bonnie Norling Wakeman

 This site also includes a list of our members, photos of the work that hangs in the gallery, and links to their own websites. Please take some time to check out the site and let us know if you have any questions.
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