M12 is an art focused 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is run by a collective of artists and creative professionals. We are based in Byers, Colorado and also operate a rural field office and land-based project site that is located 2 miles south of the HWY 71 and 36 intersection in Last Chance, Colorado. M12 creates interdisciplinary site-based art works, research projects, and education and outreach programs. Working in the fields of sculpture, architecture, and public art and design, we favor projects that are centered in rural areas and which can be developed through dialogical and collaborative approaches. Our projects explore community identity and the value of often under-represented rural communities and their surrounding landscapes. We strive to be stewards of effective local and global creative problem solving, and a community resource for evolutionary thinking and innovative communication. We have a holistic organizational philosophy that fuses creative practice, cultural institutionality and education.
M12 affiliates have worked locally in Colorado and internationally with programs and exhibitions appearing at The 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, The 2011 Australian Biennial (SPACED), The Biennial of the Americas, The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah, The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado, The Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, the Wall House Foundation in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland.
M12 is organized and operated by:
International School of Rural Experiences Program Participants:
Victoria Chelsea Smith