As the four-year process of merging the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Colorado College moves slowly along, it seems a cultural shift is already well underway. That shift has impacted the Fine Arts Center, but a recently created draft statement of a “museum subcommittee” created as part of the strategic planning process predicts cultural […]
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How does a community create an identity of its own? A little public art doesn’t hurt. The Downtown Partnership will present the third chapter in its four-part City Center Series, titled Placemaking and Public Art. The March 7 presentation will include a slide show, panel discussion and a documentary (discussion begins at 6 p.m.) at […]
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Although the philosophy of “New Urbanism” is more than 30 years old, the concept continues to gain relevance in cities like Colorado Springs — where an upcoming film festival will address the topic. “New urbanism is not just about architecture or urban planning — it’s about making places livable,” said Susan Edmondson, president and CEO […]
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The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, now in its 29th year, is the longest-running women’s film festival in North America. It features documentaries, narrative shorts and animated films from female filmmakers who bring depth, passion and intelligence to their work. About 40 films will be shown at the Colorado Springs festival, which will run Friday-Sunday, […]
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In Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and much of the Pikes Peak region, our artistic renaissance shows no signs of slowing down. First Fridays have become delightful, with TMA (Too Much Art) — there are so many shows, openings and ongoing exhibitions that even the most crazed art lover can’t go to every […]
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Take a look at the built landscape of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. What you see — shopping malls, big-box stores, comfortable suburbs and cookie-cutter office complexes — could be anywhere in the American West. The goal, as Mayor John Suthers says, is to build a city worthy of our extraordinary setting, but […]
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Pikes Peak Community College received $1 million from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation June 29, its largest single gift in 48 years of operation. The grant will be used to renovate PPCC’s Downtown Studio Campus and to create a portal into downtown Colorado Springs at 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Construction will begin this […]
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For 95 years, Ross Auction House has been located in downtown Colorado Springs. Ross is one of a tiny number of near-centenarian businesses — Colorado Springs businesses that have been locally owned and operated for close to a century. The good news is that Ross continues to prosper and serve the Colorado Springs community. The […]
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The Art and Facts of Business, a delightful exhibition that opened last week at the Pioneers Museum, brings vivid life to the vanished enterprises that once graced Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There’s a glowing illuminated sign from the Burns Theater, a saddled, full-size plaster horse that once stood before Bingo’s Saddle Shop […]
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Think things are quiet at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center? Think exiting curator Blake Milteer is quietly moving to Scotland, leaving vacant galleries sprinkled with a few randomly selected works from the permanent collection? Think that Joy Armstrong, his successor and curatorial co-conspirator at the FAC, is just sitting around making vague plans for […]
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When TED talks, people listen. The immensely popular lecture series will make its UCCS debut May 5, bringing with it a potpourri of speakers hailing from near and far. “Flourish” is the title of the half-day, independently organized event. Presented by the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization, speakers will ruminate, in 18-minute blocks, […]
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More than half a century ago, a grassroots organization took shape, made up of parents who wanted to make sure their developmentally disabled children received the right kind of education. That’s how one of the largest nonprofits in the nation got its start. And locally, The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region continues to re-invent […]
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