OTR Foundation is working around the clock to bring a creative space to the Eastside of Pueblo where gangs and drugs run rampant. It’s been some time renovating these abandoned homes that were donated over the course of 3 years. With very limited funds we’ve managed to finish one for art and makerspace and almost completed the second for music and radio station. After launching our 98.5 FM LP station we’re finding a voice for the community to raise its concerns and talk about the issues facing the Eastside. Our third house will be a while before we can find funding for that, but eventually that will become a media, virtual reality space. Fun on Fifth St. is where it will be soon! In the meantime we’re enjoying the (more…)
Over the past year OTR has been renovating 3 homes in East Pueblo to get them ready for creative space for kids and adults to enjoy music, art, gardening and media. The 3 house was donated making 812, 816 & 824 all designated to finding kids passion. Once completed the 3 houses will be open for everyone to enjoy music, hang out, learn, educate and create. Our media house will have a radio station, and hopefully one day, a recording studio. East Pueblo is changing and plenty of homes are having the boards removed and are now alive with activity and new homeowners. A world class skatepark is going in only a couple blocks away. Bike trails and parks are numerous on the Eastside and we’re working with our Foundation & the E.A.S.T. group (more…)
We’d like to welcome Marcel Kuemmet who arrived last week to lend a hand fixing the Li’l stone house, where we’re building a future music and art space for kids on the Eastside of Pueblo. We’re excited with all that’s been happening here to get us to the finish line with our music space. We can’t wait until we can use it for Friday night open mic.
The “V” was in Trinidad, CO this past week for a the Southeast Regional Philanthropy Days. Over 3 days we pitched our case for a grant so we could fund our vision of 3 functional houses all offering unique things. The media house will be the most expensive to fix and we’ll definitely need grant help to make that happen. If anyone knows of grant writers send them our way (more…)
Ken Shore will be coming back (from Denver) on Sat. to finish the final electrical needs. Can’t wait to see him, as we always have a few laughs. After this weekend we’ll be in a position to have the final inspection redone. Then we’re off to restore the Stone House next, for evaluation (so far a quote for the water main break is going to cost $2280) and material gathering, costs. We now have a prospect of another house and that’s being considered for outstanding taxes approx. $2600.
Glen, one of our directors (who recently had a stroke) is doing well on the road to recovery. He’s getting physical therapy now and plans are that he’s going to be released on Feb. 7th if all goes well. He’s in Parkview Hospital in room 309 (B) where he has a phone. His sense of humor is still alive and well. Some days he’s a bit more tired than others but considering what he’s been through he’s doing great.
Joe is finalizing some trim on the kitchen walls and been getting lots of little things done around PH. I put all the files into our new filing cabinet, where we’re now organized. With files in one place it sure helps to be able to find things. Been extremely busy around the house….no shortage of things to do. (more…)
Thank you to Loretta Sword for covering our story and helping make our next journey a success. We’re in the process of taking an 100 year old house and turning it into a Music & Art Center for the kids, big and small!
It’s been 18 months of hard work, dedication, perseverance and stretching dollars. The original Li’l Red House is now 95% completed and ready to greet the kids and show them life can be about fun and creativity too. We’re always looking for volunteers, music, art, clerical and labor. Be part of a team who believes the programs schools are cutting are perhaps the most important. Thank you to everyone and every company who helped make this first house possible.
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The houses will not only have creative venues but will encourage healthy eating and cooking classes. Our garden will be used to help educated the neighbors and anyone who wishes to learn about food, enjoy fresh produce and educate kids on the benefit of eating healthy. We have chefs willing to teach once we’re ready.
We finished all the things we wanted to get done on the house last night. This morning we had breakfast & meeting to set out our priorities/tasks for the day and everything went beautifully. What a great event it was tonight. The talent we witnessed was fantastic. It’s so great to see the kids (little & big) enjoying art and music. Three little kids in particular were busy painting some wonderful art with Dad looking on.
We were all blown away when Cage (next door) rapped about his Gramma passing away recently. Then his sister Chasey did a couple numbers…followed by our own Alais Clay who performed her newest number (written only a few days before) and outstanding as usual. Next up was Tammy with some poetry, then Samantha assisted by Guitarist from their PCC (Pueblo Community College). Next up was Cliff, who had seen the ad in the Chieftain newspaper last Wed. and, who came to play violin, then guitar and another instrument called a Didgeridoo, a long horn type thingy and very cool. Alas our Stephanie (Alais Clay) belted out another during the night but with her sore throat was really struggling but still awesome. (more…)
The folks around Pueblo House are holding a community gathering on Saturday November 16 from 3pm until evening (around 8pm).
We’re putting together details on the event, so you might want to check on updates to this post as more comes together. (more…)