The Other Side Arts

admin May 1, 2011 0

The Other Side Arts (TOSA) Art Gallery was begun in 2001 when a group of artists came together in order to use art to help heal their community after the distressing events of 9/11.  In 2002, their dream was realized when the group rented a 15,000 square foot facility in Denver.

The group works to assist emerging artists by providing many opportunities including professional development classes, art education classes on various art mediums, and studio space rentals. Fees for the classes are quite reasonable and vary depending upon the class.  In addition, individual instruction sessions are available for artists who can not fit the class into their schedule.  Individual instruction session are $30 per hour.

TOSA also has a community dark room where photographers can develop their photos. Darkroom fees are very reasonable: $15 a day, $30 a week, or $60 a month.  This is the cheapest rates available in Denver.

In addition, there is a closed forum for artists so that they can discuss their concerns and share information with each other.  Artists can sign up for the forum by contacting the group for more information.

The art gallery is open to visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  There are art gallery openings in Denver at the studio from 6pm to 10 pm on the first Friday of the month.  On the second Friday of the month, there is an art gallery opening in Aurora from 5 pm to 8 pm.  Studio spaces and the darkroom are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to artists.  Individual instruction classes are scheduled by agreement between the student and the instructor.

TOSA also has various outreach programs to share art with disadvantaged people in the community.  This includes at-risk youth, refugees, cancer patients, adults with developmental disabilities, homeless women, and seniors with dementia.  For more information on these outreach programs, check out The Other Side Arts website at http://www.theothersidearts.com.

The Other Side Arts gallery is conducting a fund raising campaign to raise money in order to repair damage to the facility caused by vandalism and water damage.  Donations from the public are also accepted and are tax deductible.

For more information on The Other Side Arts gallery, to learn more about the artists exhibiting their works, or the programs and events offered for artists and the community, go to their website at http://www.theothersidearts.com or call 303-561-3000.

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