A MESSSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It started with a small group who wanted to share history, art and the creative nature as well as boost the economy of Hot Springs. It grew into the ‘Oasis of Art’, went to the state level, and because of the death of major supporters and lack of local support never came to fruition. What became of the idea translated into a small group with a mission of promoting, funding, and managing projects for the long-term expansion of the fine arts, architectural arts, and cultural heritage of Hot Springs and Fall River County...the Cultural Development Organization.
As a non-profit soon to be a 501 c.3, the small group gathered, promoted and radically changed direction to a more achievable goal: murals. Today you see how private donors, business owners and the public work together to provide these cultural experiences. Mural art – where history becomes public art.
How does it happen? Our annual Evening of Wine and Roses event is the one fundraiser we conduct each year – with a different theme each year and generous donors funds are raised for each mural. Businesses offer their buildings as canvasses for the mural. And the partnership begins. An event leads to donations leads to a canvas for an artist and history comes alive.
Each of the murals has a name documenting history, each mural invites the public to participate in the history and culture of Hot Springs. We invite you to visit the murals, to think about the scene and participate in the experience provided by public art.
-"Branding Time" Mural - Mural artist Maria March has officially finished "Branding Time!" You still have the opportunity to be a part of this mural by adding your ranch's brand to the mural. A $50 donation will secure a place for your brand on the mural and leaves a legacy of your family history.
Artist Evans Flammond will be creating the next Hot Springs mural, "A Perfect World." Check out more of his work here.
Our next big CDO event is Patriot Day - September 11, 2014. More details forthcoming - see you there!
In memory of
Evening of Wine & Roses 2015
Join us for an "Evening in Paris" with delicious French-themed cuisine at The Club @ Woolly's on February 7, 2015.
Tickets are still $30/person and the evening promises to be entertaining! Email us for tickets or purchase at Black Hills Books & Treasures, Woolly's or the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.
Patriot Day 2014
Thank you to everyone who came out for our wonderful Patriot Day event.
Evening of Wine & Roses 2014
The 7th annual fundraiser for the Cultural Development Organization was by all accounts a great success! We had a fantastic Luau theme this year, with Hawaiian-themed food served by Woolly's Western Grill, games, a live auction and more! Our special guest Evans Flammond unveiled his rendition of the next mural, "A Perfect World," which will be located on the Western wall of the Barnyard Veterinary building.
Click here for more photos from Saturday night!
Artist Gary DuChateau is currently crowdfunding the remaining money needed to complete the Mammoth sculpture near the junction of Highway 385 and Highway 79, a majestic marker to the entry of the community.
Please go to www.gofundme.com/RaisetheMammoth to help contribute to this long-delayed piece of artwork for Hot Springs!
Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
City of Hot Springs
Black Hills Books & Treasures
Woolly's Western Grill & The Club
Fall River Pioneer Museum
Skeeter Bite Productions
Fall River Rising
RAISE THE MAMMOTH!