This summer, artists, home-brewers, professional brewers, naturalists, hikers, gallery-goers and nature lovers will walk the trails of Colorado Springs to learn about the flora and history of the area and (most importantly) to create brand new beer recipes based on the land itself. After the brewers perfect the brews, all will be invited to public beer-tastings to see just what kind of fermented goodness Colorado can inspire. The project is proudly presented by the Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, social practice artist Eric Steen and with great support from Rocky Mountain Brewery.
For Beers Made By Walking, Steen will connect various interests groups and find affinities in fields seemingly unrelated in beer, environmentalism, botany, and outdoor adventure. The project includes one artist, 7 hikes, 2 public tastings, 8 news beers, 8 home-brewers and loads of community bonding, chatting and elbow-rubbing.
In his work, Steen highlights beer as an artform, and the people who make it he believes to be artists. He believes that drinking good beer is actually a form of activism, that beer is both a social lubricant and a social glue. Beer brings people into a greater awareness of food production and a community-based mindset, so in Steen's opinion it is more than just a drink, it is a powerful tool for social change.
YOUR DOLLARS will bring this project to life by funding the very real expenses associated with beer-brewing and expert-paying. We want to get the best of the best of local home-brewers and professional brewers, and we need your help.
Arist BIO: Eric Steen is an artist, home brewer, and currently Instructor of Visual Art at UCCS. He's the writer for Focus on the Beer, which is a Pikes Peak Region Beer Blog. He's organized many beer events, such as this one, for the last few years in Oregon, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Glasgow, Scotland.
To sign up for a hike, visit us at galleryuccs.org and click on ART.
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