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Gigantes Paper Mache Open Studio


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Call for Artists and the Community’s help with fixing our current Gigantes and making 2 new ones!

In 2016 the Firehouse Art Center partnered with local artists to create the first gigantes for the procession. After 7 years of use and storage, these gigantes need a little love! We also want to create a few more to introduce to the community at the 2023 Gigantes Procession.

We are calling on the community to help us!

If you…

don’t mind getting messy and love creating with your hands
are a problem solver (any physics or construction minded people who can help us make the gigantes lighter, sturdier, more moveable but also easier to store- we need you!!!)
can create with a sewing machine or a paint brush
have experience creating with paper mache, or pvc pipes, etc.
have newspaper, tissue paper, acrylic paint, fabric, gems, etc to donate
love the Dia de los Muertos celebration and want to continue Longmont’s history of presenting a culturally authentic and appropriate event
want to just donate to support the making of the gigantes, please donate through the “I would like to donate” ticket!

This is an open studio time, where a monitor will help direct the creation of the gigantes. Each table station will be devoted to either fixing a current gigante, or creating a new gigante (the final design will be represented by a drawing, but the design is a crowd sourced creation, so the design is open to brainstorming how to make it better). Please reserve based on total time you plan to be in the studio so we can assess space and supplies.

This is an experience that is beginner friendly, designed for all ages (no kid drop off though- adults need to remain), and requires no previous experience with paper mache.

For more info and registration, please click here- Gigantes Paper Mache Open Studio

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