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Front Range collective 'Text Me When You're Home' wants to make local arts events safer and more uplifting

A photo of two women at a local arts event, smiling for a photo. In the background, event-goers mill about in conversation.
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Text Me When You're Home co-founders Amy Karp and Ileana Rivera.

With concerts slowly coming back into motion over the course of the year, many of us have already leapt at the opportunity to reunite with the joy of live music and other arts events. But while some are rushing back to theaters, concert halls and DIY venues, others are apprehensive to get back to the same old scene.

Conventional venues aren’t always the safest places, especially for women, queer folks and BIPOC individuals. And it can be hard, if not impossible, to enjoy what’s happening on stage when you’re feeling uncomfortable.

In recognition of this issue and other issues pervasive in the arts scene, two Denverites — Amy Karp and Ileana Rivera — co-founded Text Me When You’re Home. This collective organizes events across the Front Range and seeks to make the arts scene in Colorado safer and more uplifting. They joined Colorado Edition to discuss their work.

As the host of KUNC’s new program and podcast In the NoCo, I work closely with our producers and reporters to bring context and diverse perspectives to the important issues of the day. Northern Colorado is such a diverse and growing region, brimming with history, culture, music, education, civic engagement, and amazing outdoor recreation. I love finding the stories and voices that reflect what makes NoCo such an extraordinary place to live.
I host and produce KUNC’s in-depth, regional newsmagazine Colorado Edition, which has me searching across our state for peculiar and impactful stories to bring to listeners, always with a focus on empowering the people who hear our show and speaking through them to our guests. I am also a big nerd about field recording and audio editing, my dedication to which I hope serves our listeners who care about audio as much as I do.