Artists at Work
See art take shape right before your eyes and get the chance to witness an artist’s creative process first hand. Artists from all over the world visit the DAM and create their work on-site.
Over the next two years, the DAM will be experimenting with a series of creative-in-residence programs. These residencies will feature local creatives from a variety of disciplines. The residents will be producing new work inspired by the museum and its collections, as well as working with visitors throughout their creative process. Through the creative-in-residence program, we hope to push the notions of what a museum can be – for visitors, for the creative community and for the institution itself. Things will get wildly creative and maybe a little messy too!
The DAM’s second Creative-in-Residence is the Flobots, an alternative hip-hop band from Denver, Colorado, widely known for its 2008 platinum single “Handlebars." The current band members are Jamie Laurie (Jonny 5), Stephen Brackett (Brer Rabbit), and Kenny Ortiz (Kenny O). They have toured the United States and Europe and appeared on late-night programs including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."
In Colorado they are recognized for their community endeavors. In 2007, they founded Flobots.org, now Youth On Record, an organization dedicated to empowerment through creative education. They are the recipients of the 2009 Cesar Chavez Leadership Award and the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Their current project, NO ENEMIES, invites the public to utilize music as a tool for social movements. At the DAM, the Flobots will be combining music and art to create new kinds of opportunities for visitors to interact with objects and engage in a broader social dialogue. The Flobots will be in residence at the DAM from May 2—May 29.
- May 2: Their residency begins with Call and Response.
- May 13, 20, and 27: On these Wednesdays, the group will hold “office hours” and at the DAM from 10 am—noon. Then, from noon—2 pm, Kenny O. will be hosting drum clinics.
- May 14—16: Events with special guests and recording sessions.
- May 29: The Flobots will end their residency with a final performance at Untitled Final Fridays: Some Assembly Required.
Get the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—use the hashtags #creativeinresidence or #DAMflobots or #curiositypackage.
Creative-in-Residence programs are funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Native Arts Artist in Residence
Postcommodity is the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence for the spring. Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist, and Nathan Young. From May 2–May 6, they will be working in our Artist-in-Residence studio during museum hours creating and editing a multi-channel video piece.
The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.