Thanks to NextFifty Initiative, Elsewhere Studios is pleased to announce a new project in collaboration with three other Paonia local organizations: 

Engaging seniors to prevent isolation addresses and prevents isolation by creating innovative and engaging programming for our aging community. The program will be a collaboration between four Paonia local organizations and will bring weekly activities to the Paonia Senior Center in order to expand their offerings, enrich the quality of life for the senior population, and reinvigorate the community center. The activities will include outlets for creativity, relationship-building, and learning new skills through art projects, movie screenings, game days and movement/ balance classes. We envision a vibrant and energetic center that provides a diverse range of activities and events, becoming an active social hub for not only seniors but for multiple generations to engage within our community.

Each week we will provide a different social, creative, or exercise activity:

-Senior Movies in the Morning hosted by the Paradise Theatre

-Art Programming hosted by Elsewhere Studios

-Movement classes hosted by North Fork Senior Connections

-Game days hosted by North Fork Senior Connections

We are seeking visiting artists with a background of of finding creative and innovating solutions to ensure a thriving community as we all age. 

Residencies will be three months long beginning in April 2020 to allow the visiting artist time with our local Senior Center to develop a public art project alongside the community members there. The public art project can be anything: a mural, a garden space, a story-telling project, etc. We are open to any project and are specifically looking for a proposal that showcases how the artist will engage with the older adults of the Senior Center and involve them in the process and execution.   
The residency will be fully-funded and each artist will receive a living/ material stipend of $1550. Chosen artists are expected to spend half their time at the residency working on creating relationships and building a project in collaboration with the Senior Center, as well as offering (1) 2-hour art class each month at the Senior Center that will help build skills and interest. The other half of the artists' time during residence can be spent working on other projects, planning events, researching, or experimenting. We are open to collaborative projects.

We thank NextFifty Initiative for supporting this project.

About NextFifty Initiative:

NextFifty Initiative is a Colorado-based private foundation. The organization exists to create brighter, longer and healthier futures that unlock the potential of communities through an advanced funding approach. Through this work, communities are positioned to fully benefit from the wisdom and diverse experiences of a thriving aging population. Our approach applies a multitude of lenses in funding high-yield aging solutions that benefit people age 50 and older. NextFifty Initiative focuses on funding designed to support concepts, projects and innovations that will benefit generations for years to come. To learn more, please visit

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Thanks to the generous support of Sustainable Arts Foundation, Elsewhere Studios is excited to be able to offer another residency opportunity specifically to support parent artists during the month of July 2020!

Accepted artists have the choice to bring their spouse/ partner and children or come on their own. They are provided with living and studio space, and are awarded a stipend of $1000 for a week and a half-long residency. The artist has the freedom to use the stipend for childcare, bills, travel / material costs, or for summer camp fees for children (there are several in Paonia.)  Elsewhere staff can assist in connecting parent artists to childcare, summer camps, additional housing, etc. Families will be housed in either the Basement Apartment: an independent living / studio space with its own kitchen, bathroom and sauna in the lower level of the main house, or the Suite: the upstairs living / studio space with two bedrooms, its own bathroom and shared kitchen. Two families-in-residence will overlap during their 1.5 week long residency, giving the opportunity for collaboration, shared childcare/meals/experience, etc.  We are happy to have the children pursue their own creative pursuits as part of the residency and will include them (if they desire) in critiques, open studios, and other Elsewhere events.

About Elsewhere and Paonia:
Elsewhere Studios exists in the heart of the small, vibrant mountain town of Paonia, Colorado. Located on the western slope of the Rockies, Paonia has a population of about 1500 with another 5000 in the surrounding mesas. The town is rich with creativity and is home to many organic orchards, farms and vineyards. Though small, Paonia doesn’t have a lack of things to do for families, especially during the summer!  

The Paonia Library is just two blocks away and offers lots of kid friendly activities. The Paonia River Park and Paonia Town Park are both about 5 blocks away with great playground and shaded open spaces. Go check out a movie or music at the local theater, The Paradise, which is just right around the corner. The Blue Sage Art Center offers classes, workshops, and kids camps (such as circus arts or animation and movie-making). Cherry Days, an annual festival in July, is a fun-filled weekend featuring live music, food and parades. Delicious Orchards, two miles from Elsewhere Studios, is a great place for families to enjoy local delicious food and beverages while listening to live music as part of their summer BBQ Concert Series. We also have bicycles available for use by both adults and children.

Elsewhere Studios thanks Sustainable Arts Foundation for making it possible to offer this opportunity a second time, supporting family friendly residencies for 2020.

To find out more about this residency opportunity, contact Carolina Porras at

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