Yucca Fountain

University of Northern Colorado Foundation

Visit Yucca Fountain... it's not a mirage! It's the gallery restoration of a 1950s atomic era soda fountain by Boston-based artists Andrew Bablo and Helen Popinchalk. The artists first learned of Yucca Fountain on a southwestern road trip several years ago; a fellow desert wanderer had salvaged pieces from the wreckage of the Fountain that closed after it was damaged by a suspicious fire in the late 1950s. Like many diners and fountains, it was the hub of the Amargosa Valley community – a gathering place, a space in which to exchange news, catch the latest gossip and eat some delicious ice cream. And, like many of these places in communities all around the United States, it had vanished into obscurity… until now!

Set within the heart of Greeley, Colorado at Campus Commons Gallery, this restoration pays homage to the zenith of ice cream culture and the atomic era. We welcome a new generation of patrons to experience Yucca Fountain firsthand and savor this piece of history... while it lasts!


Get Excited!
What a story! What a place! Yucca Fountain is, by far, UNC Galleries’ most ambitious and memorable project and we can’t wait for our guests to see it.
During your gallery experience, you will be able to explore the Fountain itself, sit at the booths or at the counter, wander through the Yucca gift shop, explore the desert-scape and uncover the strange story of Yucca Fountain, just as the artists found it, in a small travel trailer in the desert. There will be lots to see, mysteries to investigate, much to discover.

Why We Need YOU!
UNC Galleries is looking to raise $5,000 to schedule six months of innovative events in conjunction with Yucca Fountain. Each program will approach, question and interpret the exhibition from a variety of perspectives. Your financial support will make it possible for things like the Visiting Artist Program, guest speakers, film screenings in partnership with the UNC Department of Film Studies and so much more.

Whether you’re a Performing/Visual Arts Major or you’re at UNC for History, even Biology -- you name it -- there will be programs to entice you to visit the Gallery ...and keep you coming back.

What You'll Be Supporting
Gifts to the Yucca Fountain project will be put to work immediately to support programming throughout the year. With your support, we will be able to create artist talks, K-12 workshops, professional practice workshops, literary and film events, musical performances, and much more!

In fact, the UNC Galleries wants to hear directly from the community about what kind of programming you'd like to see! On opening night and while the exhibition is on view, we encourage suggestions for supplemental programming from our audience.

Have an idea? Email Gallery Director, Pam Campanaro (pamela.campanaro@unco.edu) or visit the Gallery and leave a note in the Yucca Fountain suggestions box.

How Can You Help?
Curating a diverse, engaging schedule of programs will help activate Yucca Fountain in a whole new way. Your generous contributions will make it possible to bring nationally and internationally recognized scholars, musicians, other artists and creatives to Greeley! Every gift no matter the size makes a difference! Share the Yucca Fountain campaign with your social and professional networks. Spread the word! Share your experiences with Yucca Fountain by tagging us: @unc_galleries + @yucca_fountain #YuccaFountain and leave us a review!


Learn more about the Yucca Fountain Exhibit and the artists here


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