Artist in Residence

Often at the front end of movements are artists using their imaginations to show our communities the possibilities of a different future.  Artists are modern prophets.  They show both the possibility of a hope of “what can be,” and sometimes a darker, “what will be,” if society continues on its current path.

It is because of these artists that RAWtools is able to exist.  These artists have softened the edges of hard conversations and spaces.  They are often the first to enter a space, and at the same time announce that space is possible.  It is with great excitement to announce that as of July 2016, RAWtools has started an Artist In Residence position.

Our first artist to fill this role is Mary Sprunger-Froese.  We can’t imagine a better fit for the inaugural artist.  Mary brings a passion for theatre and creating peace makers in our community.  With over 30 years of local, Colorado Springs work – in theater, education, and nonviolence action, Mary offers a unique skill set to engage her audience toward disarming hearts and forging peace.

MMaryary is eager to use music, storytelling and theater to help RAWtools disarm hearts and forge peace. If you have a story about giving up a gun and getting a tool, please contact her ( She’s collecting stories that help us move to transformation.

To donate to help support the Artist in Residence position, please use the designated button on our Store page.

A list of performances by Mary is listed below.


Wednesday Jan. 17
‘Nonviolence Sampler’ with RAWtools director Mike Martin
Beth-El Mennonite Church

Sunday Feb. 4
‘Mary and Martha’ with Pastor Amy Zimbelman
Mt. Community Mennonite Church
643 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake CO
9:30am Worship service

Sunday, March 11
with First Strike Theatre – RAWtools Spring Collection: Tools in Bloom
music, spoken word, theater with opening sale of RT merch
Tim Gill Center for Public Media

Saturday, Jan. 28
with First Strike Theatre, Climate Changed: Movin’ and Shakin’, Party for Peace and Annual Meeting of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission,  Grace Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.
Tuesday, Feb. 7-5pm
with First Strike Theater opening singing at the Together For Colorado Springs launch parrty.  Stargazers Theater.
Saturday, Feb. 11 2pm – 4pm
with First Strike Theater at “Hearts and Powers: Transformation at Work.”  RAWtools is turning 4!  Come and see what we’ve been up to and see Mary perform with First Strike Theater at 2:15 and 3:15.

Saturday, April 22 6pm – 8pm
Plotting For Peace Fundraiser Dinner with Sharletta Evans Keynote Speaker

Sunday, May 21 12:30pm
with Vern Rempel & Beloved Community Mennonite Church
3001 South Acoma St., Englewood, CO 80110
Soup and Bread 12:30, worship 1:30

June 22,  7pm
PeaceMaker service at Central District Conference, Bluffton, OH

June 25, 10am 
Emmaus Road Mennonite Fellowship, Berne,IN worship service

August 1, Peace Camp 
Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St.

August 6, 10am
Mountain States Mennonite Conference Assembly, Worship service

August 6, 5pm
No More Hiroshimas rally, City Hall, Colorado Springs

September 8-9
with First Strike Theatre and the Blues Brethren
Going to the Dogs – a love story

Western Jubilee Warehouse, 433 E. Cucharras St., Colorado Springs
All tickets at door, suggested donation $15, no one turned away
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September 30
Re-Placing Ourselves: Becoming Watershed Discipleship Communities,
Beth-El Mennonite Church, panel member

October 1
– Beloved Community Mennonite Church, Englewood,
St. Francis feast day, animal blessing, dog songs/storyteller

Saturday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
3001 South Acoma Street, Englewood, 80110
Sweet blues, rock, spiritual tunes
For Colorado Circles for Change (formerly Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program – VORP)

Sunday, Dec. 3  Noon
‘Mary’s Journey’, Beloved Community Mennonite Church, 
3001 S. Acoma St., Englewood, CO 80110
Noon worship service followed by soup and bread for all

Sunday Dec. 17
‘Mary’s Journey’, Mt. Community Mennonite Church
643 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake CO
9:30am Worship service