The 2016 Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls met or exceeded all expectations and the July 2017 plans are even more exciting.
Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee and the Green Box board enthusiastically drew the season to a close with a holiday-time reception at the El Paso Club and an announcement that internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro will create an art installation in the medium of light at the July 1-9 festival tucked below Pikes Peak. Munro's work is site-specific, often covering acres.
Continuing its tradition of exceptional dance residency, the 2017 festival will feature Houston's METdance.
Building on the Kirkpatrick family's long history in Green Mountain Falls, Green Box Arts was started as a dance residency in 2009 and, led by Keesee and choreographer Larry Keigwin, has grown into much more.
Last summer, Patrick Dougherty and volunteers of every age from the Pikes Peak region collected, bent and molded saplings and branches into a huge "Footprint in Green" installation that is being displayed for two years.
In a different note, Keesee and crew have brought back square dancing and bingo as GMF summer traditions. In addition, Manitou Springs School District 14 will be utilizing the festival for an arts summer program and a Pikes Peak Library District micro-library will be added in conjunction with the events.
It all fits into the arts philanthropy of Keesee, chairman of Kirkpatrick Bank and Kirkpatrick Oil & Gas Co., president of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, on the board of the American Ballet Theater, an art collector and opera lover and co-founder and publisher of ArtDesk.
Keesee lives in Oklahoma City, New York City and Green Mountain Falls.