Caitlin Hannigan recently returned to Colorado Springs from China, where she taught history for four years. Caitlin is Education Director at Concrete Couch and your facilitator for the Military Arts Connection.
As the Concrete Couch Education Director and an Arts Instructor with the organization, Caitlin will teach the basics of welding, mosaic and community builds projects. Caitlin traditionally teaches history but loves exploring her artistic side and is excited to have you along on an artist’s journey, where she will teach you how to explore your artistic side and some basic skills that will allow you to continue creating.
Working with Caitlin will be other staff. Steve Wood is our executive director, and has been involved in all the military programming we have run, and is the lead instructor on welding programs. Christine Flores is our Community Coordinator, and takes the lead on mosaic and design projects.
Our mission at Concrete Couch is to work with community groups of all ages to create public art, build community, and to create environments and experiences that humanize our world. Concrete Couch is passionate about working with military folks for service and art, connecting them to efforts in the Colorado Springs community and investing in our local military community. Over the past 20 years, Concrete Couch has collaborated with the military on approximately 20 projects. Concrete Couch has run an annual 15-day program at Mountainside Elementary (for 12 consecutive years and counting!) which incorporates literacy and engineering and the participants built a giant marionette puppet based on a beloved book. Concrete Couch built a tile-covered art bench at Ironhorse Park with veterans, active duty personnel, and local kids; and ran a 2 year pilot project called “Fine Day Out” which involved a weekly activity of outdoor education or active community service.