City for ChampionsThe City for Champions organization has scheduled a community arts forum Tuesday, Feb. 17, at which to provide updates on the four C4C projects and explore the creative sector’s involvement.

During the event, scheduled from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Studio Bee of the Pikes Peak Center, those involved will discuss with the audience ways the “creative sector can influence and amplify the C4C initiatives’ ‘ripple effects’ in our community,” according to a news release.

The panel will include eight community art leaders, who will offer their perspectives on what C4C developments could mean for cultural life in Colorado Springs, according to the release. Those speakers include:

  • David Dahlin, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center;
  • George Preston, general manager of Classical 88.7 KCME-FM;
  • Jon Khoury, executive director of the Cottonwood Center for the Arts;
  • Marta Lacombe, 2015 Colorado South president for the American Institute of Architects;
  • Lara Holman Garritano, creative district manager for the Downtown Partnership;
  • Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; and
  • and David Siegel, executive director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or visit the group’s Facebook page.