What do the City of Trinidad, Think 360 Arts of Denver, utility boxes, the Leader in Me Program, and art teacher Nanci Rollins have in common?
All these unusual partners and many other exciting possibilities for art and creativity have one thing in common: Marilyn Leuszler, chair of the Arts and Cultural Commission Advisory Committee for the City of Trinidad, chair of the Corazon de Trinidad Creative District Board of Directors, a Colorado Creative Industries certified Change Leader, a Think 360 Arts Roster Artist, and a person who loves Trinidad and loves inspiring the best in people. Through a Lillis Foundation grant from Think 360 Art, a Denver non-profit, Marilyn marshalled the City and the public school system to utilize young talent and turn boring, and, may I say, ugly utility boxes into works of art and discussion.
The City offered three utility boxes adjacent to Los Ninos Park Soccer Field. School District #1 wanted the project to fit within the Leader in Me Program and be visible in the community. Planning, designing, transferring designs to the boxes, and painting sessions were held after school and on two Saturdays in November.
“All goals were met,” trumpeted Ms Leuszler as she proudly shared her photos, “and art teacher Nanci Rollins was extremely helpful and is a dedicated teacher. She teaches all art classes at both the elementary and the middle school levels.”