Young Bloods Collective celebrates 1st birthday with Snowball Bash |

Young Bloods Collective celebrates 1st birthday with Snowball Bash

The Routt County nonprofit Young Bloods Collective will celebrate how far the group has come in just one year at Its inaugural Snowball: YBC Birthday Bash event Saturday.
Danielle Zimmerer

If you go:

What: Snowball YBC Birthday Bash

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $10 for YBC members and $15 for non-members

  Top YBC accomplishments:
  • January 2017: Received nonprofit status
Received 501(c)3 non profit status after raising enough money, through Yampa Valley Gives and with the help of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Since its inception in July 2016, YBC was at 15 attendees for two "meetups," and now, YBC has a total of 50 plus members and 12 affiliates when they started with just one.
  •  SPEAK — Performances from Women in the Yampa Valley
“This event just really exemplifies our mission and is so apropos for our time and place,” said Kole.
  • Cocktails and Crit(que)
“This has been happening for over a year and every time, it proves to be a lovely space YBC has carved out to share ideas, work, converse, engage and open up,” said Kole. “I feel so grateful it exists as an outlet for these special conversations to be had.”
  • YBC Gallery at Smokehouse
“Without the support of Kyle Love taking that initial chance on us we wouldn't be able to have this level of participation in First Friday Artwalk or Crane Fest, it just would have been a really different trajectory for YBC and I don't think we would have evolved as quickly as we have,” said Kole. “To have a gallery space is a huge accomplishment in our first year for sure. It’s really opened up so many opportunities for us as an new organization and also for our creatives.”
  • Memorable exhibitions from the past year:
“Breaking Boxes,” Cranefest group show, Haunted Deep, Holiday Market and Sarah Valentino's Miniature Wizardry.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS —  It’s about time for the “Snowball: YBC Birthday Bash” — inspired by childhood nostalgia and a celebration of ambitious achievements. A time to revel in the memories, the creative successes, and to offer gratitude and to celebrate how the group has come.

“Growing up here in the early ’90s, my parents would attend ‘Snowball,’ this fancy charity event that took place on the mountain,”said Brie Kole, co-founder and president of YBC. “They’d get all gussied up and rent a limo, and I would pore over the photos when they were developed, vowing when I was an adult I’d go to ‘Snowball.'”

Celebrating YBC’s one-year anniversary, the inaugural Snowball Bash will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Library Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Featuring libations, dancing, live music, a Haunted Deep photo booth and make-and-take crafts, this style of event is a first for the nonprofit, but Kole said the group hopes it becomes an annual affair, which grows each year.

“There’s a huge learning curve to starting a nonprofit. For the most part, we all came into being on a board as never-evers,” Kole said. “Just figuring it all out and making it work for us at times got really hard, but luckily, we had a lot of supportive resources and asked for help.”

YBC’s purpose is to generate accessible arts and culture opportunities for the next generation of creatives living and working in Routt County by hosting exhibits, events and workshops, in addition to engaging with local businesses and organizations through collaborative partnerships.

Ambitious and tenacious, YBC has had a successful first year.

“People have really stepped up, becoming members, creating new work, volunteering time and helping us to grow,” Kole said. “Businesses and other organizations that have become affiliates are understanding the value of a partnership with YBC, and we in turn are learning more about what our community wants and needs from us.”

The organization has grown from 15 people attending two “meet-ups” in 2016 to its current 50 members and 12 affiliates. YBC has also hosted a string of events including: SPEAK — Performances from Women in the Yampa Valley; monthly Cocktails and Crit(que); “The Haunted Deep: Monster Mermaids” interactive haunted house and performance; and a YBC Holiday Market at Townies.

The group of creatives also held numerous group shows at galleries like the “Breaking Boxes” exhibit at the Center for Visual Arts, the Cranefest show and Sarah Valentino’s Miniature Wizardry at YBC’s home-base gallery space, the Steamboat Smokehouse.

“I am most proud of the group of people this organization has attracted,” said Danielle Zimmerer, local photographer and Young Bloods Collective board member. “We have been able to come together and create a reputable organization that adds immense value and serves a beautiful, underserved demographic in town,”

“When I look back on this first year of Young Bloods, my favorite moments are those when a member found a new medium they love, when someone showed their work for the first time in one of our group shows, and when the community engaged with a creative experience such as SPEAK or Haunted Deep,” said Sista Luna, YBC board vice president. “I’m always so grateful when those moments come together.”

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



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