Event: 6 Aug – 25 Sept 2010, Denver CO, Art of Dirt: Exhibit on Water Tech & Art fr Dev Countries

01 Poverty, 04 Education, 12 Water, International Aid, Technologies
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A two-part exhibition of water technologies and artwork from developing countries where Denver-based IDE works to cultivate prosperity.

Part I (August 6 – 31) of the exhibition features photographs of the people IDE works with every day, along with displays of the innovative water technologies IDE has developed as part of its Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded “Rural Prosperity Initiative” – extremely affordable water pumps, drip irrigation and water storage systems. Special events scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition offer opportunities to meet IDE staff from around the world and learn about their work.

Part II (September 1 – 25) features the addition to the exhibition of paintings from local artists in IDE countries, brought to Denver especially for this show. The artwork will be offered for sale through a silent auction with proceeds benefiting IDE.
Low-cost water technologies, access to better seeds and growing techniques, and better connections to markets are the foundation of the IDE approach to cultivating prosperity in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Unless otherwise indicated events are free and open to the public. Visit 910Arts.com for more information.

  • 8.6 The Art of Dirt (Part I) Opening Night and First Friday Art Walk / Aerial Fabric Acrobats perform / 6-9pm
  • 8.26 Fourth Thursday Film Night / “What Are We Doing Here?” explores why five decades of charity given to Africa has been largely ineffective and often harmful / hosted by IDE / presented in collaboration with Transition Denver / $5 suggested contribution / 7:30pm
  • 9.3 The Art of Dirt (Part II) Opening Night and First Friday Art Walk / Aerial Fabric Acrobats perform / 6-9pm
  • 9.11 Lighthouse Writers Workshop / September Writer’s Buzz: Making It Happen / a reading and talk with novelist Sarah Ockler / 7-10pm
  • 9.17 The Prism Innovation Award Inaugural Event: Honoring Paul Polak / Enjoy elegant cuisine and international performances while learning about IDE’s global work and honoring its visionary founder, Paul Polak / Open bar / $250 per ticket  / 6pm / Purchase tickets
  • 9.23 Fourth Thursday Film Night / “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” is the story of Angelic Organics, a CSA farm providing fresh organic produce, educational programs and employment opportunities for people who want to get back to the earth / presented in collaboration with Transition Denver / $5 suggested contribution / 7:30pm
  • 9.25 Haitian Awareness / sneak peak at upcoming exhibition of Haitian art, culture and earthquake relief efforts

+ Event: 7-30 July 2010, Ft. Collins CO, International Development Design Summit
+ Design for the Other 90% Exhibit + “Micro-Giving” Global Needs Index to Connect Rich to Poor/Fullfill Global-to-Local Requests
+ Journal: Interview with C. K. Prahalad (author of Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid)
+ Wikipedia: Appropriate Technology

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