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...
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 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...
When the turnaround began for Denver’s River North community less than a decade ago, Jamie Licko said it was the “last frontier” for Denver developers. Licko is president of the River North Art District and she, along with three other panelists, will be part of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado...
When the turnaround began for Denver’s River North community less than a decade ago, Jamie Licko said it was the “last frontier” for Denver developers. Licko is president of the River North Art District and she, along with three other panelists, will be part of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...