BRILLIANT will include a five-course dinner and cocktail pairing at 6 p.m. at Nosh (next door to GOCA 121) and an art party with performances, interactive art and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight, according to a UCCS news release.
“BRILLIANT combines art, technology, mixology, performance and music to completely transform GOCA 121 and the Nosh restaurant patio into the ultimate party,” according to the release. “In the words of Daisy McConnell, director, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, the experience will be ‘brilliant.’”
This year’s one-night-only event will feature original works and performances by Grupo Folkloric de Pueblo, Pikes Peak Trickers Acrobatic dancers, VJ’s Mario Zoots and Jerromie Dorrance, Brazilian dance by Luciana da Silva, percussionist Motown and installations by visual artists Matt Barton and Aaron Smith.
The night will be emceed by Idris Goodwin, a hip-hop artist, playwright and educator. There will also be a live auction of original works by artists Jose Luis Torres and Donald Fodness, as well as tickets to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, THEATREWORKS, gift certificates to the Bearded Lady tattoo shop and more, according to the release.
“BRILLIANT is a creative extravaganza that raises critical financial support needed to realize future gallery programs, exhibits and innovative collaborations,” according to the release.
Funds raised by BRILLIANT will help pay for 2015-16 GOCA exhibitions and programs.