In the 17th century, farmers in the American Colonies were required by law to grow hemp, a valuable raw material used to make rope, cloth and parchment. Hempseed oil fueled lamps in colonists’ homes. According to historians, Thomas Jefferson wrote a draft of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper. Now, 400 years later, Colorado […]
Bibliophiles may dream of opening a bookstore, oenophiles may hope to leave the rat race and start a vineyard on the Western Slope — but art collectors and artists imagine what it would be like to open an art gallery. Imagine your very own gallery. You’d sell your creations, or those of the artists and […]
Community theater companies have proliferated in Colorado Springs in the past several years. “If you wanted to, you could probably see a live show just about every weekend,” said Emory John Collinson, vice president of the Springs Ensemble Theatre. The biggest companies, the Fine Arts Center Theatre and Theatreworks, dominate the scene. As part of […]
Growing up in Colorado Springs in the 1950s I was, like all of my male friends, a car guy. We worked, dreamed and schemed, anticipating three life-changing milestones: turning 16, getting a driver’s license and buying a car. A car meant freedom from nosy parents, from begging rides with friends, from taking buses, from having […]
There are plenty of takeaways from Tuesday’s election, but here’s the most hopeful, encouraging and reassuring one — and no, it’s not entirely about Mayor John Suthers’ wise leadership. The Mayor can persuade, cajole, campaign and plead — but like the rest of us, he only has one vote. As far as I know, not […]
Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry is a booming sector that directly creates 229,000 jobs and attracts $28 billion in annual consumer spending. With the nation’s largest outdoor trade show moving to Denver beginning in January, officials from the Pikes Peak region hope to cash in on some of the increased revenue that will flow into the state.
The arts are an important component in the continuing revival and renovation of the city’s historic core.
Women have been prime movers in the city’s arts scene for decades. It’s now thriving, egalitarian, accessible and becoming more so. Women have senior leadership positions in almost every major arts-focused nonprofit in the city, including the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS and the […]
Arts advocates locally and nationally frequently point to the economic, social and community benefits that come to cities where the arts thrive. Economic analyses, such as that recently commissioned by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), have quantified the impact of the arts. “We recognize that a lively arts community contributes significantly […]
Entertainment districts are likely to become part of the Colorado Springs landscape, said City Councilor Don Knight, but in what form they’ll be approved is still up for discussion. The Colorado Springs Liquor and Beer Licensing Board unanimously voted Aug. 18 to pass proposed amendments to the City Liquor Code, and city council had its […]
Donielle Gonzales fondly remembers the days when, as an ambassador for the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, she attended ribbon cuttings and other ceremonies wearing a scarf, necklace and earrings adorned with the likenesses of Pueblo chiles. Now she’s the chamber’s tourism director and also executive director of the Pueblo Chile Growers Association. “From a chamber […]
Today’s edition (June 16) of the Colorado Springs Business Journal includes the Health Care Quarterly, and while most of the Journal’s focuses on health care in the past include interviews with doctors, nurses and traditional health care administrators, this week’s Quarterly follows up on the topic of health equity. It was a little over a year […]