Socially Distant Culture Club

Stay Home and Join Us!

 

Let's socialize from a distance! Welcome to our weekly art happy hour and virtual Culture Club. Below you will find this week's artist inspiration, creative how-tos, and recipes. Create one or all of the things included below and be sure to share them with us on social media.

Denver's own Ratio Beerworks is offering a 20% discount on to-go/pick-up orders for Culture Club attendees. Call to place an order, mention that you attend CVA's Culture Club and they'll apply the discount. Now, grab a drink and some snacks and meet us on Zoom for happy hour at 4:00 pm Wednesday!


Featured Artists

Meet Distill Collective

This week, we're diving into a collaborative project inspired by CVA's Collectivism exhibition from 2019. Specifically, we're inspired by the work of Distill Collective, whose members mail their drawings and collages to each other, adding their own artwork to each piece. The final work often includes objects found around the house, such as twist-ties and produce stickers, as well as drawings, painting, sewing and even flocking.

Learn more about Distill Collective and Collectivism.


Here's How to Join in:

Interacting with others is a big part of the inspiration that goes into making art. At a time when most of us could use a little more social interaction, we have come up with a way to collaborate with all of our Culture Club buddies!

Here's how it will work. Using Google Slides, each participant of Culture Club will contribute to several pieces of art during our time together. We’ll take a simple ‘workplace’ tool and use it to make magic!  

Step 1: Join us on Zoom and then open this Google slide presentation: 
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16qb5WfwBrP-baLTAILcce18BbJOtq8Ox8xeiaGh7HSY/edit?usp=sharing

Step 2: Go to the + sign at the top left corner and click it to add your own slide. Then, write your name in the speaker notes area at the bottom of the slide.

Step 3: On your slide, or in the notes, write a word/phrase that describes how you’re feeling or thinking about social distancing OR just start playing around and let your slide's theme come to you as you work. We’ll show you some of the functions that are available to use on Slides, but please feel free to experiment and play! 

Important Note: When adding photos to your slides, make sure to only use photos that are copyright-free or that you have permission to repost.  

Step 4: Once you are satisfied with the start of your slide, move to someone else's slide and add to it based on its theme, thoughts and feelings.

Step 5: Tag your creations on social media with #CultureClubColab and #CVACultureClub throughout the following week. CVA will repost some of our favorites. 

 

Snacks and Drinks:

It wouldn't be a proper Culture Club without food and drink. Let's have a virtual potluck!

Foolproof Potluck Menu
Your dream potluck, all in one place! Treat yourself to this amazing dinner menu.

Craft Beer from Ratio Beerworks
If you're new to drinking craft beer, we suggest trying Ratio's Domestica. Looking for something bold? Go for Hold Steady.

 


Past Culture Club Activities

Socially Distant Culture Club - The Ladies

Geometric designs in pastel colors with event title

Let's socialize from a distance! We're taking our monthly art happy hour online with a virtual Culture Club. Below you will find this week's artist inspiration, creative how-tos, and recipes. Create one or all of the things included below and be sure to share them with us.

Please join us on Facebook at 4:00 pm today as this week's artists embark on an art adventure like no other. Then, grab a drink and some snacks and meet us on Zoom for happy hour.


Featured Artists

Two performance artists sprawled on a stage

 

Meet The Ladies

There isn't really a name for what The Ladies do.​​ The alter-egos of dance artists Leanne Schmidt and Marlene Strang, The Ladies fuse dance, improv comedy, and immersive theatre to create an entirely new kind of performance.


Here's How to Join in:

The Ladies join CVA in making our every day a little more creative. It’s easy to roll out of bed and work in the clothes that you slept in but in these times of distancing there's no reason not to make an effort fashion-wise.

Coronaviruses get their name from an external structure that features little crown-like spikes. As a matter of fact, corona means crown in Latin. We are going to take that inspiration and run with it! A crown is just what you need to keep spirits high, as they say, Keep Calm and Wear a Crown!
 
You might not have a lot of art supplies in the little hidey-hole you’ve got yourself quarantined in, but not to worry, many an artist has had to make do when times are tight.
 
Step 1: Assess the materials that you do have. Think about the symbolism in the imagery you choose. Plantlife is a sign of hope and a connection to nature; those paper products you’ve been hoarding are the new sign of affluence. Have an extra can of chickpeas or a tin of tuna? The metallic glimmer brings just the right shine to this project.
 
Step 2: You’ll need a base, something to hold it all together. It should fit your head snugly, but not too tight. Make sure it is comfortable but can hold the weight of the adornments that you will add. This can be made of cardboard, tubing, a pool noodle, or even a bundt cake pan.
 
Step 3: Finally, you’ll need something to attach it all. Yarn, twine, wire, safety pins - something like that. Arrange materials on the base in a manner that represents the feeling you want to express, then firmly attach by wrapping or tying. You want this to be balanced and sit comfortably on your head.

Step 4: Watch the tutorial video on Facebook with The Ladies and join us live on Zoom at 4:00 pm today.

Step 5: Tag your creations on social media with #coronacrownCVA and #CVACultureClub throughout the following week. CVA will repost some of our favorites. 

Four examples of crowns made from different materials

Snacks and Drinks:

The BEST Tater Tot Casserole
There are so, so many casserole recipes out there but this mom swears hers is the best. And who doesn't love tater tots!

DIY Wine Coolers
This classic beverage is the ultimate happy hour drink! Pull out that box of wine you've stashed and spruce it up with this recipe.

The Meg Ryan - A Bright & Bubbly Berry Beverage
No alcohol, no problem! This berry spritzer recipe will please the pickiest of palettes.