The Art of Dirt: Water Technologies and Artwork

EventGallery 910Arts

August 6 - September 25, 2010

  • First Friday Receptions: August 6th and September 3 from 6-9pm
Painting by Barry Lungu

(from the press release)

“The Art of Dirt,” a two-part exhibition of water technologies and artwork at EventGallery 910Arts invites viewers to step into the daily experience of more than 5 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid.

Opening on August 6 and running through September 25 in the EventGallery at 910 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, the exhibition is a project of IDE-International Development Enterprises, a Denver-based non-profit working to cultivate prosperity in 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Art of Dirt Part I: Part I of the exhibition opens on August 6, continues through September 25, and features a photographic slide show of IDE farmers, farms and markets along with artwork from artists in IDE countries, in addition to installations of functioning water systems that have been developed through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded “Rural Prosperity Initiative.” These include water pumps, sprinklers, drip irrigation and storage systems that irrigate a tomato garden growing in the EventGallery.

Art of Dirt Part II: Part II opens on September 1 and runs through September 25. It features paintings from artists in IDE countries, brought to Denver especially for this exhibition and offered for silent auction, with proceeds benefiting IDE.

IDE: “Nearly 90 percent of the world’s population has little or no access to the products and services many of us in the developed world take for granted,” says Andy Vermouth, IDE’s Senior Manager of Communications, “and nearly half do not have regular access to food, clean water or shelter.” The organizers at IDE believe that by helping people to sustainably increase their income, they will not only be able to address their basic needs but move towards lasting prosperity. Low-cost water technologies, access to better seeds and growing techniques, and better connections to markets are the foundation of the IDE approach to cultivating prosperity in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For more information, please visit

Special Events: Special events scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition offer opportunities to meet IDE staff from around the world and learn about their work. Free and open to the public, First Friday Art Walk Nights, on August 6 and again on September 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., introduce IDE country programs and their directors. On Friday, September 17, IDE hosts The Prism Innovation Award Inaugural Event, at 6:00 p.m., honoring IDE founder Paul Polak. Tickets priced at $250 per person can be purchased at .

Films: Films scheduled on Fourth Thursday Film Nights during the run of the exhibition in the EventGallery include “What Are We Doing Here?”on August 26, at 7:30 p.m., an award-winning documentary that explores the reasons why five decades of charity given to Africa has been largely ineffective and often harmful. On Thursday, September 23, “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” tells the story of Angelic Organics, a CSA farm providing fresh organic produce, educational programs and employment opportunities for people who want to get back to the earth. Fourth Thursday Film Nights are presented in collaboration with Transition Denver. The showings are always free and open to the public; however, $5 contributions are suggested.

EventGallery 910Arts: Located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, the EventGallery 910Arts and Gallery Gifts are housed within the creative community known as 910Arts. It is a complex of 17 artists’ studios and galleries, 8 live-work lofts and the Studio 6 Coffee House, anchored by a colorful open-air courtyard. Besides being an exhibition space, the EventGallery 910Arts is a venue for meetings, parties, workshops and retreats and it hosts music, literary and film events. For more information, please visit

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