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Sponsors to Thank

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It takes many community sponsors to make Commonwheel’s 2013 Arts & Crafts Festival successful. We greatly appreciate their sense of community and support for the arts. Their donations of time, labor, prizes and materials help to make our festival exciting & fun for all ages.

In 2009 our Art Festival became a more “Sustainable” Event.
In 2009 it was 68% Waste Free
In 2010 it was 70% Waste Free
In 2011 it was 75% Waste Free.
The 2012 Festival was 80% Waste Free
And the best participation by the Visitors!
Our Goal is to do even better in 2013!

Special thanks to the following businesses and individuals who donated their time and discounted or donated services in 2013:

The Gazette (Presenting Sponsor)
KRDO (Major Sponsor)
Bestway Disposal (Zero Waste Sponsor)
KRCC (Stage Sponsor)
Transition Town-Manitou Springs
Brian Fritz
Alicia Archibald
Becky Elder
Millibo Art Theatre (Bubbles0
Blue Planet Earthscapes
Coreen Toll (M. S. Climate Protection Campaign)
Gary Vigen (Poster Art)
Robin Jones (Kids Booth)
Masonic Lodge
Briarhurst Manor
CS Fine Arts Center
Don Geode
Tajine Alami
City of M. S. Parks Dept.
Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce
Manitou Springs Police
and Commonwheel Artists Co-op members for all their volunteered time!

Transition Town Manitou is a local node in a grassroots international network of Transition Town initiatives emerging spontaneously all over the planet in response to the growing crisis’ of increasing environmental degradation, resource depletion, emerging energy scarcity and the fundamental instability of our economic systems. All these ongoing events affect the stability and livability of our local communities.  Transition Town Manitou aims to re-localize the essential resource base thereby re-establishing an authentic resilience and sustainability within our community. This list of essential resources includes food, transportation, jobs and local economy, medicine and healthcare, appropriate handling of waste streams and energy production.  In participating in the CMWLFestival in the role of (Waste Removal Overseers?), Transition Town Manitou will get to model appropriate waste stream removal and recycling practices as well as educate citizens as to their responsibility in creating authentic resilience and sustainability in their communities.

Zeb Pike Boys was seen all weekend helping to keep the park clean, setting up tents and taking down Festival equipment. Zeb Pike Krafts is a student-run business featuring hand crafted pens and pencils. These items are made from natural woods or acrylics and are hand turned on a lathe. Students participate in the manufacturing process while learning small business operations and support the students in their restorative justice. In additon to funding the students own restitution, 15% of the proceeds are used to reinvest in the business and 15% is allocated to assist in the cost of the GED testing. As an incentive and display of hard work, top workers receive a salary. This program is designed to gain work experience, business management skills, and most importantly to support the Restorative Community Justice Program.
We give back to the community one step at a time!

Last updated Aug. 9, 2011