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Youth programs in Mancos

Creative District offers free activities, classes this summer

In conjunction with local artists, residents, and organizations, the Mancos Creative District is offering youth programming this summer that aims to spur creativity and promote a love of the outdoors.

Three free programs will be provided for people ages 13-18, with funding provided by a grant from the Montezuma Inspire Coalition, which is funded by Great Outdoors Colorado.

“The partnership with the Montezuma Inspire Coalition furthers our goal by providing more creative and engaging cultural activities for our youth in helping them connect with the environment and our community,” said Betsy Harrison, Mancos Creative District board member, in a statement.

The programs are:

Outdoor Adventure Kids, which allows participants to work with kids between ages 6 and 12 to develop various outdoor challenges. For more information, email skmarquez@gmail.com.Teen Yoga Classes, which will be offered weekly at Cottonwood Park. Classes will last for 1.25 hours and will focus on connecting students to the body, breath and nature elements. For more information, contact lilyrusso@gmail.com.Wood Carving Workshops, which focuses on harvesting local materials, learning wood carving techniques and marketing the products. Classes will begin June 22. For more information, email alexandervinogradovbond@gmail.com.“We’re excited to partner with our local artists and makers to provide this creative programming for our youth this summer,” Harrison said.