The Shoe Factory | BIG GIVE CAMPAIGN

posted Dec 7, 2014, 11:46 AM by Gregory Howell   [ updated Dec 7, 2014, 11:47 AM ]

Pueblo. For Life.

Thanks to you, our children in Pueblo are again receiving an arts curriculum in our public elementary schools.

The Shoe Factory mission is to give back to the community through our innovative K-12 Arts Education Program in local elementary schools in Pueblo. This unique program was started in early 2014 at Morton Elementary School with 81 students and the 2014-2015 term has been expanded to include Minnequa Elementary --- now we have over 400 children experiencing the transformative power of art in the classroom.

Our Urban Laboratory Project will focus on the Pueblo ARTery in 2015 which is now sanctioned by the American Heart Association as a National Walking 

Path. Our goal is to utilize existing infrastructure to connect the arts with local businesses in an effort to foster and strengthen local placemaking. Come experience downtown Pueblo again for the first time. Our DBA (Doing Business as an Artist /Creative) Education Program is a specialized training and mentorship program that aims to give creatives the skill sets necessary to open a small business in the Creative Corridor of Pueblo.

We are very excited to announce a new outreach program into the Culinary Arts where we will focus on sustainable, organic farming and open up access to healthy ingredients and prepared foods at our new restaurant which is scheduled to open in Spring 2015. As part of this effort we also plan to introduce Heroes Gardens at our elementary schools in Pueblo. It is important to begin a dialog with our children and talk about water and sustainability.

K-12 Arts
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Urban Laboratory
Pueblo ARTery
Culinary Arts

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.

To learn more about the Shoe Factory and how you can help make an impact on the lives of our Youth and Creatives, please visit our website at Your donation makes a difference to our local creative economy!  Thank you for your support.  Every dollar we receive goes to changing lives in Pueblo. For Life.  No gift is too small and we make every effort to maximize your investment in our organization.

To give online, click here:  


Gregory Howell | Executive Director

December 8, 2014

Career Advancement Awards | Colorado Creative Industries

posted Nov 9, 2014, 10:27 AM by Gregory Howell   [ updated Nov 9, 2014, 10:28 AM ]

Over the past week, the Shoe Factory has received numerous calls and emails regarding the funding opportunity through the Career Advancement Awards from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI). I have included the complete text from the CCI website below. It should also be noted that each year the CCI designates strategic priorities and for the term 2014-2015, CCI has identified MUSIC, LITERARY AND PUBLISHING and DESIGN ARTS. All projects in all creative industry areas are eligible, but additional bonus points will be given to applicants in these strategic areas.


Career Advancement Awards support Colorado creative entrepreneurs and artists to help stimulate their commercial creative business. The goal is that awardees will achieve tangible business benefits such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices.

The following list, while not inclusive of all activities for which support may be used, illustrates some possible areas of support:
  • Participate in an exhibit, festival, vendor showcase or artist residency for which participants are chosen through a competitive process or by exclusive invitation
  • Present at a conference or symposium for which presenters are chosen through a competitive process or by exclusive invitation
  • Purchase equipment and materials to expand or improve an applicant’s business
  • Enroll in professional development workshops or engage consultants and coaches to build administrative and business skills
  • Develop or upgrade technology related to business practices (e.g. online sales systems, website functionality, business analytics tools)
  • Develop promotional materials such as electronic media kits with high resolution images

To distribute support broadly throughout the creative industries, each Career Advancement annual cycle will focus on one or more specific industries. Although projects in all creative industry areas are eligible to apply, additional points will be awarded to applicants in the Strategic Priority Areas identified. In 2014 – 2015 the following are Creative Industries’ Strategic Priorities:
  • Music: Individual musicians, ensembles/bands, composers, promoters, producers, directors, for profit festivals, musical venues and audio technology.
  • Literary and Publishing: Writers (poets, fiction/nonfiction), editors, publishers, independent presses, libraries, bookstores, and literary distributors or networks.
  • Design Arts: Graphic, product and environmental designers or firms that apply artistic content to commercial products, services, and the environment.
Awards range from $500 - $2,500 and funds are paid on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of a final report and expense receipts.

Application Deadlines:
November 14, 2014, 4:00 pm | Activity Period: January 1, 2015 – December 30, 2015

To view this year's guidelines click here.
For resources and application tools click here.
View list of creative occupations.

Shoe Factory to Accept 10 New Artists

posted Nov 2, 2014, 8:22 AM by Gregory Howell   [ updated Nov 2, 2014, 8:38 AM ]

The Shoe Factory | Center for Contemporary Arts will accept 10 new artists into its special Artist in Residency Program. 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.

Applications will become available online on Monday, November 3 and will be due no later than Friday, November 21. The residency is competitive and funding is available through Colorado Creative Industries under their 2014-2015 Career Advancement Awards. The application deadline to secure funding is November 14, 2014 and this is a separate application process. The next deadline for Career Advancement Funding will be in March 2015.

The Residency Summary of Benefits is noted at the end of this posting. This unique program empowers artists and creative industries to see and realize their full potential and strive towards greater economic independence. 

The Shoe Factory will be open on Thursday, November 6 from 6-9pm for a special Fall Art Show & Benefit and also on First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm at 123 N Main Street @ 2nd Street in Downtown Pueblo. Applications will be available

For more information please contact Gregory Howell at or by telephone at 719.695.0645. 

Monday, November 3 - Applications Available online 
Thursday, November 6 - Fall Art Show & Benefit (6-9pm)
Friday, November 7 - First Friday Art Walk (5-8pm)
Friday, November 21 - Applications Due
Friday, November 28 - Announcement of Successful Applicants

Application Fee - $20.00
Monthly Residency - $100/month
Energy Fund - $100/annual

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]

Open Studios at The Shoe Factory

posted Oct 1, 2013, 6:47 AM by Gregory Howell   [ updated Oct 1, 2013, 6:55 AM ]

Opening of Imagining CF & I Installation in Gallery 201

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The Shoe Factory


Featuring the Shoe Factory Artists Live

Mike Strescino

Mat Taylor

Danielle Harwell

Jeffry Moore

Kellie Cason O’Connor

Bonnie Waugh

Kim Faiella-Furrh

Anne Scott

Connecting Artists with the Community

Welcome to the Official Website of The Shoe Factory

posted Sep 1, 2013, 12:38 PM by Gregory Howell   [ updated Sep 2, 2013, 6:09 PM ]

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The Shoe Factory is a new member-supported art atelier in Pueblo, Colorado where arts, education and community converge. The name references not only the powerful and collaborative Warhol 'atelier' factory movement, but honors the history of the building which was previously Clark's City Shoe Factory. The Shoe Factory is conveniently located in downtown Pueblo at the corner of 3rd & North Main Streets across from Solar Roast.

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 programming that meets the needs of the artists and the community while offering new perspectives on the power of art.

The founders of The Shoe Factory are artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. They have first-hand experience of the challenges that emerging and mid-career artists face as they develop their portfolios and build their careers. Their goal is to assist emerging artists as they take their professions to the next level and share the creative process with a broader community.

Stay tuned for more information regarding our official opening on October 4. We will debut Open Studios during First Friday Art Walk.

Gregory Howell
Executive Director


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