Shoe Factory | Center for Contemporary Arts
Artists Programs at the Shoe Factory are designed to support artists, the creative process, and the development of new ideas and new work. These programs provide opportunities for research, experimentation, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange and ultimately aim to foster creative breakthroughs and new modes of working and thinking.
Artist in Residence Program
Connecting Artists with the Community
The Shoe Factory Artists in Residence become part of a community of creative individuals participating in Pueblo's dynamic art scene, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community in The Shoe Factory. Artists selected for this residency program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.
Summary of Benefits to Artist and Community
- Competitive application process
- 1 - 3 years term
- Receive artist studio space
- Artist as a Brand | One-on-One Consulting
- DBA (Doing Business as an Artist) classes to further understanding the business side of art.
- Participate in solo and group shows both at the Shoe Factory or at other venues
- Sell and learn the dynamics of art retail with your original works and prints at our new Shoe Factory store (open soon on Central Plaza)
- Teach, assist, support our young children in our K-12 arts education program
- Assist in the ongoing growth and development of the Shoe Factory - we want to be unique and serve the needs of Pueblo
- At the conclusion of the residency program, we will assist in the establishment of a studio, gallery or retail space that facilitates the ongoing commercial success of the artist. We are now in the process of creating a special incubator fund and would like to offer 'graduates' a financial incentive to help with the artists ongoing success in Pueblo. [Learn More]
Working Studio Space
K-12 Arts Education
Infusing the Creative Spirit into Local Schools
Education is a major platform and priority at The Shoe Factory. All programs are innovative and engage not only the Artists in Residence in their creative process, but also the local community. Educational programs are designed to nurture the multifaceted relationships present between art, artists and the public. Our vision at The Shoe Factory is to create sustainable and impactful programming that meets the needs of the artists and the community while developing new learners who are invested in their education, their world and the transformative power of art.
Heroes Project | Minnequa Elementary
K-12 Art Education Program
The Shoe Factory’s educational programs provide a platform for Artists in Residence to work in collaboration with students and educators over several weeks in K-12 schools to implement an experiential curriculum that creates a body of artwork through a lens of contemporary society. Art empowers youth to become active interpreters within their own unique art practice alongside a professional artist both in and outside of the classroom.
The Shoe Factory is currently working with over 300 students at Minnequa and Morton Elementary Schools in Pueblo, Colorado. [Learn More]
Community Collaboration and Place-Making
The Urban Laboratory is a unique platform in Pueblo where Shoe Factory artists partner and collaborate with a diverse group of citizens, businesses, groups and organizations, and political leaders to address the needs of the fabric of the downtown section of our community.
The Urban Laboratory provides deep, media-rich data about the city in which we live, as well as a new synthesis about the meaning of that data. As a place where new ideas and work are created, the Urban Laboratory Lab also echoes the ongoing creative processes that are at the heart of the Shoe Factory's artist residency program.
Our focus at the Urban Laboratory is to investigate the potential of the everyday as a catalyst for increased connectivity and collaboration in our downtown area by sharing common goals and objectives. The artists and community participants explore the human experience, such as the things that people always do, and we strive to highlight the seemingly normal as a means of questioning its stability. Our primary in the Urban Laboratory is people, and we utilize performance as a metric to evaluate the successful function of interaction and engagement – person to person, and between people and their surroundings – rather than a spectacle for passive enjoyment.
The Urban Laboratory is an annual project which aims to create connectivity through place-making. The designated 2015 project is the Pueblo ARTery. [Learn More]