Join Athena Project for a family-friendly event in collaboration with Montbello Organizing Committee and their event, Montbello Alive! 2021. Using a digital billboard art truck and following a live DJ on the back of a pick up truck, we’re joining forces to create a “Soul Train” to travel throughout the streets of Montbello. We’re inviting people to come out of their homes and dance to a jam. We’ll also be highlighting visual artwork on the sides of the truck, created by local Montbello artists.
The Soul Train and Digital Art Truck will travel from 2-6pm. Then starting at 6:50pm, Athena Project will curate women* led performances on a stage located near Montbello High School (exact address coming!). Thus far you can join us to see Big Mama Thornton Project, Baile Caliente, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Platinum Divaz Dance Troupe, spoken word artists Kylee Wellons, and comedian Shanel Hughes. This continuation of our artBURSTS Series is still FREE pop-up performances for audiences to experience the joy a burst of art brings.
Our participation in this event will be the following: Saturday, September 18, 2021 digital billboard truck from 2-6pm and stage performances from 6:50-7:50pm.
This is the latest series of events highlighting women artists in our Curating Art for Impact program, which produces impactful and unique art with community partners like Montbello Organizing Committee. Along with MOC’s mission to galvanize Montbello residents and provide them with the tools and resources necessary to develop leadership skills for issues affecting the community’s quality of life, we contribute our support in uplifting women artists.
Montbello Alive! 2021 Schedule: All events take place near Montbello High School in Montbello, 5000 Crown Blvd Denver, CO 80239 in the EAST parking lot off of Boiling and 51st Ave. See attached map for details.
The Big Mama Thornton Project is the realization of an idea that has always been close to Erica’s heart. The Big Mama Thornton Project is a vibrant, joyful expression of American Music.
The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Youth Ensemble, whose aspiring young artists range in age from 13 – 19, is an important part of the continuing mission and vision of Denver’s 51-year-old Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. These young artists perform throughout the Denver-metro area for a wide range of civic and community events, serving to carry our message of “One Spirit, Many Voices”. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance views dance as a universal language of movement which transcends boundaries of culture, class and age. We are committed to honoring diversity and inclusiveness throughout the global community, with all of our dancers serving as Ambassadors of the Arts to all people.
Shanel Hughes is an up and coming Denver original who has perfomed at various venues all across Colorado, including Comedy Works, The Comedy Fort and the Denver Improv. Her comedy style can be described as an evening with your funny, and blunt, best friend. Her warmth and contagious energy fills each room she enters. To the stage, she brings years of improv and acting skills. Shanel was a semi-finalist in the annual Comedy Works New Faces Competition during her first year, and has been accepted to perform in comedy festivals in states including Alaska, Colorado, New York and Oregon. You can find all of her upcoming shows at shanelhughes.com.
The Platinum Divaz was established in 2013 and introduces young girls to the art of Dance, Step and Cheer. They strive to build confidence, respect, integrity, discipline, poise, philanthropy and the cognitive skills for success. They perform at many community events, parades and competitions. They are a family that loves and uplifts one another. They love entertaining and giving back to their community.
Kylee C. is a multifaceted visual and performance artist from Denver, Colorado. She is a host and organizer at Mercury Cafe’s Sunday Night Open Mic and Slam. Kylee has has partnered with local non profit organizations that offer artistic opportunities to communities in need; such as, The Gathering Place, Redline Art Gallery, Art Restart and Boluvard One. Many describe her performances as eccentric, energetic, and powerful. Her poetry is inspired by resiliency, self-care, and personal experiences to promote healing and motivation.
Baile Caliente is a local Denver Folklorico dance group that has been sharing the art of Mexico in communities since 2010.
The mobile digital truck is featuring artwork by the following student artists:
Sofia Fernandez, Northeast Early College Graduate from Denver, CO and Kamily Sanchez @kamilypollito
*Due to the nature of this event, times and artists are subject to change at the last minute.
Special thanks to Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for making this artBURST possible!