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Breckenridge art show benefits Keystone Science School

Each year, the artists of Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge join together to raise money for a local nonprofit. This year, the artists chose Keystone Science School (KSS) — taking photographs from the organization and using them for inspiration to create paintings, mosaics, jewelry and more for the "Science. Adventure. Fun!" exhibit.

The artists and KSS are hosting an art show on Saturday, June 11 from 4–8 p.m. to raise money for the organization, which teaches scientific principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers and community members through hands-on field experiences. International appetizers, wine pairings and hourly giveaways will accompany the exhibit, and a portion of the proceeds from artwork sold during the evening will go to KSS. Tickets are $30 at the door or can be purchased in advance at kssart.eventbrite.com, with ticket purchases going directly to KSS.

"We are a local co-op, and our whole idea, besides promoting local artists, is to promote the community," said artist Emily Wahl with Arts Alive. "So we try to reach out to a nonprofit that we feel has some synergy in terms of how we can take our art with what they do."

The artists felt that KSS was a great nonprofit to support this year not only because of what the organization does, but also because KSS is celebrating 40 years. Last year, Arts Alive worked with Far View Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation.

“We are a local co-op, and our whole idea, besides promoting local artists, is to promote the community.”Emily Wahl Arts Alive

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The artists have been working on the benefit art show for the last four months, planning and creating the pieces. They are also preparing the food for the evening, which includes appetizers with American, French, Latin American, Asian and Italian themes.

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

Founded in 1976 by Robert W. Craig, KSS operates with assistance from donors to offer a variety of programming with a mission to provide quality science education. The goal is to "build a community of critical thinkers prepared to face whatever challenges arise on the global stage."

"If you want to be part of the future and invest in our future leaders, Keystone Science School is an amazing organization," said Asa Armstrong, marketing and development director with KSS. "Not only do we work with kids and young adults and educators, we provide them with a non-bias method of exploring opportunities. We ask them to look at the world through the lens of science and also stimulate curiosity. We encourage them to ask questions."

KSS holds a 23-acre campus in Keystone with historical buildings, offering a serene environment for an outdoor learning experience, she said. The organization has more than 7,000 kids coming through the school every year from the county and around the country and world.

"They do wonderful things with children, community leaders, all different types of programs," Wahl said.

In March, KSS held a 40th anniversary celebration and will continue to celebrate 40 throughout the year, along with using the milestone to look to the future.

The organization recently added a new program called Kids on Wheels, designed to get kids riding bikes. Created to accompany its Coordinated Approach To Child Health, or CATCH, program, Kids on Wheels provides children with a bike and the knowledge on how to safely ride and maintain it. In April, the first Bike n' Art Bash in Silverthorne collected 35 bikes for the program.

Another program that has been taking off, Armstrong said, is Girls in STEM.

"We have great turnout from Summit County kids," she said. "They are mentored by females in the STEM field, and they just do a lot of fun, scientific experiences and STEM-related activities and get inspired to be part of that."

The initiative has seen volunteer mentors from math teachers, architects, engineers, meteorologists and more.

"All of the programs at Keystone Science School are subsidized, so that's why we are so grateful to Arts Alive because it is going to help us support these programs," she said.

Armstrong encourages guests to purchase tickets to the benefit art show in advance, as space in the gallery is limited.

"It's really exciting for me to look at because it's a feature wall about everything that's beautiful about Keystone Science School," she said about the "Science. Adventure. Fun!" exhibit. "It's the friendship, it's nature, it's exploration, it's curiosity. … If you want to be inspired about our future, the kids and our leaders, this is a great show to be a part of, and the art is extremely inspiring."

IF YOU GO

What: “Science. Adventure. Fun!” a benefit art show and exhibit for Keystone Science School

When: Saturday, June 11; 4–8 p.m.

Where: Arts Alive Gallery; La Cima Mall, 500 S. Main St., Breckenridge

Cost: $30 at the door, or purchase in advance at kssart.eventbrite.com