The first art installation on the Rio Grande ArtWay will be
celebrated with a special dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 11:00 a.m. A
collaborative art project between Ascendigo Autism Services and Scavenger Industries,
the mosaic bench was created by multiple members of the community during this
summer’s Carbondale Mountain Fair. The dedication ceremony will take place adjacent
to the corner of 8th Street and the Rio Grande Trail in Carbondale.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Carbondale community for embracing our program and
making our participants with autism feel valued and at home here,” said Peter Bell,
Ascendigo’s President and CEO. “Creating and contributing the bench to the ArtWay was
our way of saying thank you and giving something back to the community.”
The bench will be dedicated to the memory of Alex DeMeo, the brother of Zachary
DeMeo who is participating in Ascendigo’s year-round adult program. A replica of the
ArtWay bench with memorial plaques will be placed at the nearby Ascendigo office on
Industry Place. The dedication ceremony will include speakers and refreshments.
The Rio Grande ArtWay is a collaborative creative placemaking effort of the Carbondale
Creative District and RFTA. It encompasses a one mile stretch of the Rio Grande Trail as
it runs through Carbondale. The gateways are Snowmass Drive and Main Street, behind
the Carbondale Clay Center, and Hwy 133 and the trail, across from the Carbondale RFTA
Park & Ride.
Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the
power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a
broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds
character and quality of place. “The Rio Grande ArtWay will give voice to underserved
communities, while creating a linear park that will connect Carbondale through
creativity”, said CCD committee member, Amy Kimberly.