Carbondale Arts will host the 9th annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza this weekend.
This year’s theme revolves around the pronoun “She.” For Deborah Colley, operations manager for Carbondale Arts and the Launchpad, this means a sense of unity. She described the event as more “sincere, authentic and emotionally engaging” than past performances.
“It’s not just a fashion show, it’s kind of like a giant performing arts extravaganza,” said Colley. “It has much more complex layers in it, and I think the audience will pick up on the deeper artistry this year.”
The participating models are of all ages, genders and sizes. And many of the garments were made by local artists using sustainable materials. Amy Kimberly is the executive director of Carbondale Arts. She said the neighborhood aspect of the show is what makes it special.
“It’s your friends and neighbors and you feel their strength,” said Kimberly.
Additional performances will range from aerialists to spoken word poets. Proceeds will go towards student arts education programs throughout the valley. For more information, visit carbondalearts.com.