jfielder1Fifty years ago the Wilderness Act revolutionized the way the United State would conserve its most pristine wild lands for future generations. Today, nearly 110 million acres of wilderness have been protected due to the act. In recognition of the anniversary, the Pikes Peak Chapter Sierra Club and Imagination Celebration are throwing a party beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the iSpace Gallery at the Citadel Mall, upper level in the Burlington wing.

Festivities will begin with the Colorado Wilderness 50th Anniversary Exhibit of photographer John Fielder’s works. Fielder and his exhibit have traveled across the state and his tour will conclude in Colorado Springs. The exhibit will be on display at the iSpace Gallery through Jan. 13. Beginning at 7 p.m. the evening of the celebration, Fielder will present a slideshow accompanied by commentary and music.

The festivities are free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. The goal of the event, according to an Imagination Celebration news release, it to inspire Coloradans to treasure and enjoy the array of unique wilderness areas in the state, to support continuing efforts to protect wilderness and to educate Coloradans about the Wilderness Act of 1964 and Colorado wilderness areas.

iSpace is a free-admission Creativity Center for Imagination Celebration. Regular hours of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Imagination Celebration is a local nonprofit serving the Pikes Peak region dedicated to connecting people of all ages to “brain-stimulating, community-building, life-enhancing power of creativity by inspiring artistic and intellectual curiosity; instigating community collaborations; and promoting life-long experiential learning that helps us thrive in a changing world,” according to the release.