Breckenridge Creative Arts has brought summer to our doorstep by offering up one of the first big events of the season. WAVE: Light + Water + Sound continues today through Sunday, illuminating downtown Breckenridge with interactive art exhibits from artists throughout the nation and even one traveling all the way from Japan. With support from the town and Breckenridge Tourism Office, plus collaboration with National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Film Festival, this brand-new event is sure to be one for the books, and we can only hope that it becomes an annual festival.
“It’s a great opportunity to try to put on a signature event in early June, right after Memorial Day, to see if we can drive creative tourism, and offer our local community an event to kick off the summer,” said Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of Breck Create.
The town of Breckenridge recently earned a No. 4 spot on an arts vibrancy study from the National Center for Arts Research for medium and small communities, and when we see all the good work that the town, organizations and Breck Create are doing to bring music, film, art and more to Summit County, it’s easy to see why. These light festivals, while becoming more and more popular around the world with festivals like Vivid Sydney or i Light Marina Bay in Singapore, are really just starting to catch on around the U.S. in major markets, and here we have national and international artists coming to our little mountain town to showcase these modern, digitalized pieces of art.
Another impactful art project featured in the festival is by artist Erin V. Sotak out of Scotsdale, Arizona. You may have seen her riding around town in a white suit and Evel Knievel helmet. She has been in Summit since May 14 as an artist-in-residence with Breck Create, and her project, My Your Our Water, spreads awareness about water issues by talking to the community and using her website, blog and social media to get people involved. She shares information about everything from world water issues, to simple ways to reduce your own water use, such as the Project: Drop A Brick. This project has created environmentally friendly toilet-safe rubber bricks to be placed in your toilet tank to reduce water usage for those without low-flush or a two-flush toilets. Check out myyourourwater.com for more information or to see her blog and what she’s been doing around Breckenridge.