ASU Community Partnerships: Center for Rural Sustainability Solutions

The Community Outreach Center, Home of ASU's Community Partnerships

The mission of Adams State Community Partnerships is to connect University resources with the community in order to increase the quality of life for all residents of the San Luis Valley.

ASU Community Partnerships has been working for years to improve the quality of life for the San Luis Valley community.  See a list of their major accomplishments here.

Adams State Pilot Recycling Project

ASU's EARTH Group, Community Partnerships department, and Presidents Climate Commitment committee have been working towards bringing a new pilot recycling program to Adams State. As the first buildings adopting this program, Porter Hall and Nielsen Library have both been equipped with new, standardized recycling bins on each floor.

Students, staff, faculty and visitors in those buildings are asked to
deposit all discarded material in appropriate receptacles at the central location on each floor. Please pour any remaining liquid into sinks before recycling. Faculty and staff in Porter and Nielsen are asked to collect their discarded materials in their office trash cans and sort the material in the main stations on each floor when its convenient for them.

No trashcans will be located in Porter Hall classrooms, except for in the labs. Facility Services Staff will collect only discarded material from those central stations on each floor and the labs.

EARTH volunteers and workstudy will continue to collect recyclables from all other campus buildings.

The Southern Colorado Film Commission

Adams State University Community Partnerships is proud to incubate the Southern Colorado Film Commission. The Southern Colorado (SoCo) Film Commission is an organization that supports and enhances the economy of Southern Colorado by promoting and increasing activity from the film, television, and media industry. The SoCo Film Commission is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International. The Film Commission is also closely affiliated with Adams State University Community Partnerships, with the two organizations aligning their resources towards their common goal of economic development. Filming injects large amounts of money into their locations, as movie, television, commercial and other shoots create jobs, create customers for hotels, restaurants, and many other local businesses, and increase tourism in the area. The Association of Film Commissioners International estimates that a studio feature film with an average budget contributes $125,000 per day into their locations' economies, while New Mexico claims the economic impact in their state from filming in the year 2012 amounts to $673.8 million. The SoCo Film Commission represents Southern Colorado (particularly the counties of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache, and Mineral) to the film industry, attracts more producers to the area and to make the area a more viable location for such producers to use.

 San Luis Valley Museum Mural

The completed mural on the San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa represents more than a year's work and centuries of San Luis Valley history. Although the mural was on the SLV Museum's exterior wall quickly, Adams State University's Community Partnerships staff worked with mural artist and ASU Art Department alumnus, Ian Wilkinson, extensively prior to his arrival. Several community outreach activities, including social networking, were organized in order to get community input into the design and concept of this public artwork. Sykpe sessions were held with Mr. Wilkinson, who now lives in Ashville, North Carolina, to explore what the community wanted from this project. ASU Community Partnerships staff, Karl Jolliff created an online survey as another means of obtaining design and concept ideas. With forty-eight responses to the survey, the overwhelming conclusion was that a representation of the entire San Luis Valley's past, present and a glimpse of what the future might hold would be the theme of the mural. The mural is intended to spark conversation and interest in exploring the San Luis Valley's history, landmarks and legends. "Ian Wilkinson's interest in the Valley was demonstrated by the countless hours he spent researching what to include in the mural" said Mary Hoffman, director of ASU Community Partnerships. Ms. Hoffman wrote the $20,000 funding proposal to the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) after Ian Wilkinson returned to Adams State for an Art Department's Visiting Artist Lecture. The NEA is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Adams State is eligible for NEA funding because of its excellence in the arts background, documented by its exhibit history, including community art exhibit involvement. Many local organizations provided support to meet the community NEA funding match requirement. The Alamosa Marketing District, San Luis Valley Federal, 1st Southwest Bank, The Floyd Dale Higel Family, San Luis Valley Builders, Inc. and the San Luis Valley Museum all provided support that leveraged the federal funding.

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This program is made possible through HUD's Office of University Partnerships.

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Adams State University Community Partnerships' Mary Hoffman was selected by the National Arts Strategies (NAS) as one of 50 change makers to build projects that will lead to stronger, healthier communities. NAS received nearly 200 applications from 34 states and 7 different countries. "We were amazed by the drive and passion of the applicants and we know they are going to play a part in changing this world" said Sunny Widmann, NAS Director.

Each Fellow enters the program with a project that uses arts and culture to design solutions to community problems. NAS provides the tools, training and access to a community of support to help Fellows drive their projects forward. The program curriculum is led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking, strategy and community development.

Through Hoffman's leadership, ASU Community Partnerships has been involved in utilizing art for economic development, education and community organizing activities. Examples of these activities include, "Art Behind Bars" project where Alamosa inmates learned from a local artist how art transforms lives; Community art exhibit series, where local artists displayed and had opportunities to sell their art work on ASU campus; SLV Museum mural project that depicts the Valley's rich heritage and natural beauty, and the "Everything Twine" program that challenged craftspeople to transform discarded plastic farm twine into functional or decorative objects to sell online.