Community Event Background

Steamboat Springs has held a Winter Carnival for the town for 104 years, and 78 of those years have included snow sculptures as part of the downtown artwork on display.  This past year was the first year that Steamboat failed to host a snow sculpture competition, so the local townspeople decided to move the contest outside of the school system and over to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council in order to obtain greater community interest, commitment and long-term participation.

Kim Keith, Executive Director at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, has spent the last 17 years working to bring new inspiring art into the Steamboat, Colorado community. This event helped to jumpstart interest in the community, even among people who had never helped with art projects or sculptures, while also presenting a professional sculptor to the residents so they could learn about the tools and techniques required to participate in the snow sculpture competition.

Peak Experience

The peak experience for this community event was learning about the various techniques and tools required to create a snow sculpture.  Based on this learning experience in a classroom setting, attendees could decide whether or not they were willing to sign up for future team requirements necessary to participate in the Steamboat Winter Festival’s snow sculpture competitions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kind of people attended this snow sculpture event?

There are two types of people at this event:

  1. Participants (Artists and Sculptors)
  2. Spectators (Information Seekers)

Participants at this community event included experienced sculptors, and also average citizens who had no experience creating any kind of sculptures but were interested in contributing their assistance to create new snow sculpture artwork.

Spectators at this community event included people who were curious about doing sculpting for the first time and wanted to learn more about what such a commitment would entail.

Why would someone want to attend this snow sculpture event?

Attendees at this snow sculpture community event were attending to learn more about the art form and the tools required to create a snow sculpture. Some people attended as individuals hoping to find other people in the community to work with, since teams were limited to five people each.  Many of the people attending had never been to a community event like this before, and were not experienced at doing sculpture of any kind, but were keenly interested in participating to make their community a better place, since Steamboat, Colorado is known for its long standing winter carnival.

What is a snow sculpture?

Snow Sculptures are an art form and type of sculpting as a performance art where artists are often showing off their talents in front of a community gathered to watch the live creation of art.  Because of the medium being seasonal and affected by weather temperatures, snow sculptures can disappear as quickly as they are formed.  Snow is tightly packed typically in 6 foot cubic sections, compressing up to 20 tons of snow together to form the base of a snow sculpture before parts are cut and removed to reveal a finished sculpture.

More details on this event from the organization’s website:
http://steamboatarts.org/winter-carnival-snow-sculptures

More details on snow sculptures (Wikipedia):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_sculpture

Event Notes

Daily Inspiring Community Event (DICE) – Episode 012 [DICE 20170112]
Filmed at Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
Featuring Frost Fassett, Inspiration Evangelist

In attendance: 12 Participants
Peak Experience Anticipation: Learn how to make a snow sculpture with real snow
Peak Experience Actual: Learned only conceptual techniques without real world practice
Organized by Steamboat Springs Arts Council
Unique History: They’ve been doing snow sculptures for 78 years, right up until last year when high schoolers dropped the ball
Unique People: Sandy Graves, Sculptor in Residence
Navigation Hinderances: Ended up at the library first (wrong building) before finding the right location.
Initial User Experience Design (UXD) Issues for Visitors / Guests: Venue wasn’t easy to find. Cramped parking. Noisy event in the other room during the classroom instruction on snow sculpture.
Amenities: Sugary packet apple cider and water was available for free to guests.
Bathroom: Within 1 minute.
Security: None Present
CPR (Celebrities, Politicians, Reporters): None Present
Family Friendly: Yes.

CREDITS
Music by Sven Karisson and Myra Granberg
Clothing:
Shirt by Prana
Pants by Lululemon
Memory Foam Boots by Crevo