One of Lakewood’s newest cultural groups is getting a chance to share its western influences with the public.
The Colorado Festival of Cultures will present a concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Rockley Music, 8555 W. Colfax Ave.
The concert features a variety of acts from the Festival of Cultures’ Clear Creek Children’s Choir, to the Seven Fall Indian Dancers. Grandbear the Storyteller, Synergy (Colorado Christian University’s acapella jazz choir), Tromboniacs and Folk Ragout (an Irish and French folk band) will also be performing.
“We’re hoping this show will be a way to spread a word about us,” said the Colorado Festival of Cultures founder Charlotte Raby.
“We want to have an array of cultural ideas, and we’re always looking for new groups to perform with us.”
Raby created the group in July of 2012 as a way to support existing cultural groups and create new ones. By making the children’s choir and it’s events free, Raby hopes to increase interest in learning.
“With our Clear Creek Children’s Choir, we focus on an American-West folk theme, and we’re learning about songs. We’re also learning about the history and culture of the west,” she said.
“For each song I do research so I can teach the students about the history of the song and the time it was written.”
Raby said that education is the primary focus of the choir, and to fully cater to that goal, college students who are working on their music degrees are the childrens’ musical directors.
Raby said the organization is still working on getting off the ground, but has performed at Whit Fence Farm several times and will be performing at senior living centers in Lakewood and Golden in the summer.
The choir practices at Foothills Elementary and is working on spreading the word through community relationships, which is why working with Rockley is so important.
“We’re really excited to be hosting this show,” said Liane Rockley, who owns the shop with her husband Tobin.
“It’s a great way to introduce ourselves and to help the community as well.”
For Raby, giving the children and community a chance to learn about the art of other cultures is the greatest joy.
“Kids really need an art outlet, and the arts are what make us human,” she said.