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Lissette Riviere, left, with fellow Art Partners Case Manager, Julianne Johnson and Elaine Ray at the Colorado Creative Industries Award Lunch in Fort Collins on April 24, 2015. Lissette was celebrated along with two other winners at the CCI Summit. CCI has been a strong supporter of the Art Partners Program since 1999. Visit their facebook page to learn more about their mission: Colorado Creative Industries
Montrose Art Partner receives state award
By MELINDA MAWDSLEYMelinda.Mawdsley @gjsentinel.com
Julianne Johnson is convinced no one works harder than her colleague Lissette Riviere.
In an effort to acknlowledge Riviere's day-in and day-out effort as an Art Partners case manager with Partners in Montrose and Ouray counties, Johnson, Art Partners case manager in Delta County, nominated Riviere for a prestigious state award dedicated to those who work in the arts.
Several weeks ago, Riviere learned from Colorado Creative Industries that she was one of three in the state to receive the 2015 Governor's Creative Leadership Awards for her "significant commitment to the state's creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including
advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation," according to Colorado Creative Industries, which formally announced the winners Thursday.
"I was shocked and honored," said Riviere, who will receive a piece of original artwork from Fort Collins artist Bill Zaun. "She told me she was going to nominate me and I said, 'Oh, all right,' not thinking I had a chance. So when they let me know a couple of weeks ago, I was like, 'Really? Me, really?' "
In Johnson's opinion, Riviere was an obvious choice.
"Oh my God, you never saw anyone work so hard," Johnson
said. "I don't think she receives the level of recognition she deserves for all that she does." Riviere has been in her role as
Art Partner case manager with Partners, specifically working in the Montrose, Ouray and Ridgway areas for eight years, pairing teenagers with adult artisans who can mentor youth.
"It took me a good year and a half to understand the power of the program, how art and mentoring can change youth," Riviere said. "I've had kids who really didn't know what they wanted to do after they graduated from high school and were matched with an artist and decided to go to college and pursue an arts career."
Not everyone involved in the arts mentoring program goes on to become a professional artist, Riviere added, but the opportunity to spend time with adults through
the program and put together an art show where they can sell and make money helps the teens build self-esteem, confidence and personal investment in the community where they live.
Riviere is busy working on the next Partners Radio Auction which starts at 7 a.m. Tuesdau on KUBC 580 AM, 94.1 FM and 103.7 FM in the Montrose area. People can visit the Partners website www.partners-west.org for a list of auction items.
Riviere and Johnson will attend an awards luncheon Friday at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center.
See the VIDEO from the awards luncheon here: http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/communities/governors-arts-award/past-winners
Time to think about how you're going to spend your summer. Have you thought about being a mentor to a deserving child? Call Partners with your questions. Do the things you love with a young companion. 249-1116 or 874-4661
Thank you Elaine Shiedler for entertaining and educating us at Girl Talk 4. We had a fun presentation followed by hot dogs and hamburgers on the new Partners grill. This was a great opportunity to ask questions and get informed about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics classes and careers. STEM is where it's at for up and coming young women looking for a career out of the ordinary. If you have suggestions for upcoming Girl Talks subjects or a speaker you would like to recommend please call the Delta office 874-4661 and speak to Betsy or Julie or Lissette at 249-1116.
Rockies Baseball Night!
We had a great time, The Rockies won and we ate a lot of hot dogs. The weather couldn't have been better and we had awesome seats. None better in the stands!!
The perfect summer evening.
Call 249-1116 or 874-4661 to reserve your seat for our next fun activity!
Be a mentor, change two lives!