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Young Bloods Collective brings neon back to Steamboat with anniversary event

Young Bloods Collective creators and board members include, from left, Sarah Valentino, Sista Luna, Vivian Boza and Danielle Zimmerer. (Courtesy photo)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the date and time of the event. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Young Bloods Collective is calling all creatives in Routt County to attend a neon dance party this weekend in celebration of the nonprofit’s second anniversary.

The “Snowball: Neon Nights” event, which will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Double Diamonds bar, will involve an artistic balloon installation, photo booth, crafts and a request-live DJ, B. Torres.

“Neon is a big vibe right now, and we thought the concept of bright colors and glow paint would be fun and different,” said Danielle Zimmerer, a local photographer and Young Bloods Collective board member.

The nonprofit’s mission is to make art and cultural endeavors more accessible for the next generation of creatives living and working in Routt County by hosting exhibits, events and workshops throughout the county, in addition to engaging with local businesses and organizations through collaborative partnerships.

“We spent this last year getting our bearings and creating this truly impactful and awesome organization,” said Brie Kole, co-founder and former president of Young Bloods Collective. “This party is an opportunity to celebrate and engage with our community.”

In the last year, the Young Bloods Collective has moved into a new home gallery space at The Ski Locker, where they will be hosting a board game night, “Game On” as part of their First Friday Artwalk opening every month, starting in February.

If you go

What: SnowBall: NEON Nights
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Where: Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

In addition, their events like “SPEAK: Performances from Women in the Yampa Valley,” are growing from filling Off the Beaten Path bookstore to filling The Chief Theater.

The group also turned its Holiday Market idea into a monthly artisan market, “Booths at The BARley,” which is held the first Wednesday of the month at The Barley Tap and Tavern.

While the organization’s first year involved experimenting with ideas to create programming, their second year was a bit like the “terrible 2s,” Kole said.

“As an organization, we really learned a lot of difficult but valuable lessons,” Kole said.

Growing pains have been hard to navigate, she explained, especially with only a volunteer board of six members.

“We are really passionate about providing representative outlets for creatives in our community, but there’s also a reality that most people aren’t up for doing the work,” Kole said. “Engaging people in meaningful ways can be hard when people are just emotionally exhausted from living their lives, and it’s always easier to just feel shameful that you’re not doing the work versus making the commitment to yourself that you’ll show up for you.”

This year, they plan to exercise healthy boundaries.

“At the end of the day, this organization exists for our community. We want everyone to know there is a platform with resources and support to assist in your creative process, but we can’t do it for you. You have to have some skin in the game for it to come to fruition,” Kole said.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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