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Durango Art Week: A Confluence of Creativity, Community, and Cinema


Morgan Udoh & Helena Williams in Durango, CO

The picturesque town of Durango recently transformed into a vibrant canvas during the much-anticipated Durango Art Week, hosted by Durango Creative District and Visit Durango.


This event, an inaugural celebration of creativity, innovation, and artistic expression, witnessed an unprecedented collaborative endeavor with The Walls Project. For the first time, Helena Williams, the esteemed Marketing and Futures Fund Director, and Morgan Udoh, the dedicated Public Art Coordinator, joined Thomas Donley, CFO, in Durango, marking the beginning of an inspiring cultural exchange.


The Fort

The Walls Krewe embarked on an immersive tour of the community's heartbeats, starting with The Old Fort. This unique establishment champions sustainable living through its Farmer-in-Training program and extends its commitment to community service with a Country Store, providing essential nourishment in an area recognized as a local food desert. The journey continued with Manna Soup Kitchen, where compassion and support blend into nutritious meals for those in need. Inspirational visits to the Durango Art Center, The Hive, and Durango Skate Park highlighted the town's diverse artistic landscapes and hinted at potential future collaborative endeavors.


But the artistic dialogue didn't just stop at visual arts; it ventured into the cinematic realm with the 4 Corners Film Office's enlightening session. Attendees were treated to a deep dive into the burgeoning film scene in the Four Corners region by Director Cornelius Hurley. The interactive event went beyond discussions, as participants had the opportunity to have professional profile pictures taken, laying a foundational stone for their potential cinematic careers. It was more than a seminar; it was a networking nexus, buzzing with ideas, future collaborations, and shared cinematic dreams.

The crescendo of the week was, without a doubt, the Creative Business Launchpad. This innovative workshop series was a treasure trove for local creatives and artists, guiding them through the intricacies of brand building, project management, and even website creation. The hands-on sessions, led by industry experts, provided attendees with practical skills and knowledge, empowering them to navigate the digital world with confidence and artistic flair.


Durango Art Week, in synergy with The Walls Project, has set a new standard for artistic convergence, weaving the fabric of community, creativity, and commerce into a tapestry that narrates tales of the town's cultural richness and untapped potential. As paintbrush caps and cameras cease rolling, the echo of this artistic confluence continues to resonate, promising an even more dynamic tableau in the years to come.

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