More than 50 performances, events and classes planned at the annual GMF celebration
Green Box is pleased to announce an immersive new Skyspace from the legendary light and space artist James Turell will welcome visitors from June 18, the opening day of the Green Box Arts Festival. The installation is the first skyspace in Colorado and the first in the world to be carved into a mountainside.
James Turrell’s Green Box Skyspace presents a unique kinetic experience that transforms perceptions of nature and the sky through contemporary light, color and space – an experiential work of art found nowhere else in the world. The 78-year-old Californian’s work aims to engage the viewer with the limits and wonders of art in nature. The Colorado journey begins with an inspiring hike on one of two new nature trails through the Red Butte Recreation Area and Town Overlook overlooking the famous Gazebo Lake Park. From there, Skyspace pilgrims continue their ascent to the final destination.
“James Turrell is known for cultivating peaceful and powerful environmental artworks that focus on human cognition,” said Christian Keesee, co-founder of Green Box. “His skyspaces can be understood as creative observatories – a combination of architecture, sculpture and atmosphere, perfectly positioned in nature.”
The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation commissioned the installation of Skyspace at Green Mountain Falls. Green Box Executive Director Scott RC Levy noted that his first experience in a Skyspace was transformational.
“Skyspaces are a true representation of art that responds to humanity’s need for wonder, serenity and connection,” said Levy. “There’s no way to understand its effects until you’ve visited one yourself. We hope visitors seeking new inspiration and meaningful new perspectives will return to the tranquility of Green Mountain Falls to enjoy our Skyspace season after season, year after year.”
Skyspace isn’t the only eye-catcher this summer at Green Box’s 14th annual art festival! Join us on Saturday, June 18 as we celebrate FOUR visual art reveals. In addition to the Skyspace, the opening day of the festival also celebrates: Communication X9by an Israeli artist Yaacov Agam; melt waterby Green Box Artist in Residence Michael Krondl; and a new Keith Haring Outdoor Fitness Court®.
Communication X9 is a popular work of art that has stood on Chicago’s prominent Magnificent Mile for decades. The stainless steel tower is an impressive 43 feet tall and changes appearance as you move around its three sides. melt water is a 2-dimensional display resulting from a three-step process derived from photographs taken in the region. And as part of an initiative launched by the National Fitness Campaign, a new Keith Haring Outdoor Fitness Court® will be accessible year-round for free this summer. This permanent, city-owned feature in Pool Park aims to activate public space by combining the inspiration of world-class art and life-changing benefits through access to healthy infrastructure.
DANCE: New York’s Ballet Hispanico, one of America’s cultural treasures and leading Latinx organizations, will take the stage several times during the festival. Led by Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the company is comprised of a group of technically-savvy artists who embody the complexities of today’s contemporary dance. Fourteen company dancers will perform 18+1 and LIno recta, Works by two much sought-after choreographers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano.
During their time at Green Mountain Falls, Ballet Hispánico will also travel to southern Colorado communities to offer community engagement, including free master classes showcasing ballroom dancing that has helped make the company famous over the past 50 years.
MUSIC: The Opening Night Block Party begins with a new work performed by the current Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region Ashley Corneliusfollowed by a concert with the Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Don’t miss our second block party, the annual 4thth of the July event That Denver Dolls and Latin GRAMMY winners El Twanguero. Other opportunities to enjoy live music abound at a concert featuring a French/Chinese/American songwriter and accordionist Jessica FichotSunday sing-alongs and our new ‘Open Mic Night’ events where you can show off your musical, comedic or dancing skills – cabaret style!
EVENTS: Two outdoor movie nights are presented by Rocky Mountain Women’s Film: Los Hermanos and An Evening of Shorts with Gramma & Ginga and My Indiana muse, and a work by the critically acclaimed Youth Documentary Academy. If you’re a theater buff, head to Theaterworks for two FREE outdoor performances of an abridged version of Shakespeare’s classic, The storm. Grab your puppy and come with us to the 2nd Annual Puppy Dog Parade and enjoy performances by The dog stars! – an award-winning stunt dog show America’s Got Talent. The whole family will enjoy spending the day with us Puppet Palooza while enjoying shows, workshops and even a puppet museum! More fan favorites return this year with Nature Walks, Astronomy & S’mores and our ever popular offering ArtDesk Conversations – with the Colorado-based author, scientist and activist for autism and animal welfare Temple Grandin.
CLASSES & CAMPS: Classes, camps and culinary arts are once again on the agenda to ensure there is something interesting for all ages to get creative in the inspiring atmosphere of the Green Box. Children’s camps for the K-12 set are offered by the Manitou Springs School District and include: Green Box Construction Arts Camp; Green Box Integrated Arts Camp; 48-hour music camp. Our popular toddler time series for little ones and their grown-up friends returns. Culinary classes include Tamales and Salsa Making by Cocina Corazón, Apple and Chicken Pot Pies with Lisa Huizenga, Sommelier Sessions with Howard Price and a Scotch on the Rocks event. Daily yoga classes are back, as is Silversmithing 101 – and a new Silversmithing Keepsake Lidded Box workshop has been added to the schedule. Additional visual art classes include Fiber Fusion and Visible Mending, along with other opportunities to get creative including our stand-up comedy and puppet making workshops.
Experience Green Box on your own this summer!
Daily Skyspace Experiences: During the festival, sign up for one of our daily sunrise, sunset or closed rooftop shows in our new Skyspace by contemporary art and space artist James Turrell. Visit greenboxarts.org for tickets and more information.
Audio Walking Tour – The Art and History of Green Mountain Falls: Always put on a pair of headphones and take your own walking tour to explore the art installations at Green Mountain Falls and the history of this beautiful site. Created by Green Box Artist-in-Residence Jessica Kahkoska, we welcome visitors to gain a new perspective on this natural and creative environment. Tour access information is available at the Green Box Office and greenboxarts.org.
Lantern making station: Join us every day during the festival in one of our studios to design your own water lantern! Green Box will be hosting a special lantern launch to celebrate the festival after the annual May 4thth the July block party. A complete kit is provided along with various materials to help you beautify your work.
For a full list of festival events see greenboxarts.org. Many events are free, all require registration. Gig tickets and event registration go live Monday, May 16th. Registration for children’s camps is available at connect14.org/green-box-camps.
green box was founded in 2009 in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado and has grown into a year-round incubator for multidisciplinary visual and performing arts. The organization offers residents and visitors from Colorado and around the world the opportunity to participate in creative arts in the natural beauty that awaits them at the base of Pikes Peak. Anchored by an annual summer arts festival, Green Box engages with the community year-round through an active artist-in-residence program, art education, and public art installations. Known for its public art installations, includes a selection of previous installations 1.8 Green Mountain Falls by Janet Echelman; The musical swings from Daily tous les jours; light field and teepees by Bruce Munro; and footprint in green by Patrick Dougherty. Dance companies that have performed include the 2021 Green Box Artists-in-Residence American Ballet Theatre, New York’s KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Bridgman I Packer Dance, the Oklahoma City Ballet and internationally acclaimed ballroom duo Antonina Skobina and Denys Drozdyuk.
Green Mountain Falls and Ute Pass –At an elevation of 7,800 feet, Green Mountain Falls hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. However, it is most notably known for the nationally acclaimed Green Box Arts Festival. Surrounded by the Pike National Forest, the city is close to popular attractions such as the Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. A hugely popular hiking destination, winter visitors also enjoy fishing, swimming, cycling, tennis courts and ice skating, as well as the town’s unique restaurants, pubs and shops. The town is only 20 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs and closer to Manitou Springs, Woodland Park and other Ute Pass communities like Cascade and Chipita Park