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Nourish, Create, Connect
This winter, join us for virtual, hands-on classes on a variety of unexpected topics. These interactive, non-credit educational experiences for adults offer time and space to connect with fellow lifelong learners and our History Colorado experts. Classes meet from 6:30-7:30 pm on weekdays as listed.
Indigenous Futurism with Renata Burchfield (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder)
Tuesdays in January (1/12 - 2/2)
When you think of Native Americans, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Did you think of something modern or historical? Did you imagine Natives in space? Did you imagine Natives time travelling? Indigenous Futurism places Indigenous peoples in the future and allows us to envision what culture, identity, and society look like in different, sometimes fantastic, situations.
We'll watch short films and read contemporary short stories that give us insight into our current reality and imagine ways forward out of current problems.
Paint & Sip with Misti Hughes-Baros (Artist, Pueblo)
Tuesdays in February (2/9 - 3/2)
Misti Hughes is the founder of In Your Eye Design Mobile Painting Parties and teaches Art Adventures for Hands-On History at El Pueblo History Museum. She has over 25 years of art experience and works in 2d, 3d, and digital mediums. Misti's four-week virtual painting class in February will guide participants step-by-step in completing two painting projects. The class will begin with a love-inspired couples painting that will be a perfect gift just in time for Valentine’s Day. The full list of low-cost supplies needed will be shared separately. Let's paint together, friends!
Poetry & Social Justice with Dr. Mary Jane Sullivan (Poet & Filmmaker, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
Tuesdays in March (3/9 - 3/30)
In our online poetry workshop, we will embrace three principles of being human in our thoughts, speech, and actions. As we come to write poetry and understand metaphor, our poems will open the door to justice that is based on mutual consent and the cry of someone suffering injustice.
We coach, guide, direct, and inspire each other as we study contemporary poems that will act as catalysts toward our own writing. Selected themes include love, community, homelessness, vulnerability, oppression, ecology and kindness between strangers. Poets that we will study are Sherwin Bitsui, Harriet Mullen, Linda Hogan, Aracelis Girmey, Luis Javier Rodriquez, and Ching-In Chen.
Beer Here! - Sam Bock (Public Historian, History Colorado)
Wednesdays in April (4/7 - 4/28)
See Colorado's past through a pint. Each week, Sam will suggest a few beer pairings that mimic or represent what people were drinking in the times we're talking about. We'll read snippets of works by historians and look at primary source documents. Themes will revolve around migration, race & ethnicity, social movements, and economic change.
The four time periods will be Beer on the Mining Frontier (1859 - 1893), Colorado's industrial era and Prohibition (1893 - 1945), the rise of Coors (1945 - 1979), and the craft beer boom (1979 - now).