HOW WILL THE PROJECT CREATE A NEW SENSE OF IDENTITY FOR THE COMMUNITY?
The Gateway to the Southwest monumental sculptures will introduce a sense of identity and place to the traveler on I-25 and the region. The monumental sculptures will tower seventy-five feet over the Interstate presenting a significant statement and image welcoming the visitor and traveler to Pueblo. 18.7 million annual vehicle trips on average have been counted at the Gateway Project location. This new theme or image will reinforce Pueblo’s identity as an important place of commerce, culture, arts, history, economic development.
Pueblo is a community of proud people with a strong generational working and family ethic. Those of us who work and live in Pueblo and all Southeastern Colorado are proud of the creativity, energy and opportunities that are abundant while still honoring our roots. The names of Steel City, Home of Heroes, Experience the Flavor and Pueblo Chilies will all be inclusive with the new Gateway. The old negative, tired, stereotyped images of Pueblo will be replaced by a new era of Pueblo’s identity as a significant city of the southwest and in the State of Colorado.
HOW WILL THE GATEWAY TO THE SOUTHWEST SCULPTURES REACH OUR COMMUNITY?
The GATEWAY PARTICIPATION PLAN will connect with children in classrooms to neighborhood public meetings and through social and traditional media. Simply put, Puebloans (and all Southeastern Colorado residents) are updated on the many and diverse steps taken to design and erect the sculptures. Students and citizens can ask questions of the Project Team (electricians to welders, landscape architects to traffic engineers, City Department Heads and the artists themselves) through the Gateway website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
When children become involved in the design, creation, and upkeep of something like the Gateway to the Southwest sculptures, they develop a vested interest and pride. This Plan will help kids have a true sense of “ownership” or connection to their city. Plus, when we are united over something like these creative symbols of Pueblo, feelings of pride and unity will help bond us together in future generations.
Outcomes: There were multiple classes that toured the Williams Studio from Minnequa Elementary School and Connect Charter School. Multiple workshops have been given that involved writing, student-created skits, movement, music, drawing and color artwork. Students have identified unique and important aspects of Pueblo. This input from the students created a large painting representing the activities and landmarks in his/her love for Pueblo. The children help create the lyrics for a jingle for the Gateway to the Southwest and it has been professional recorded with kids singing. City Schools is promoting activities that support the message of the Gateway to the Southwest that is Pueblo is a great place to live and do business and full of positive energy, creativity, unity, and a bright future.