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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Having started a career in archaeology in her home state of California, nothing on Nicole Anthony’s resumé hinted at her future in the arts. She attended a STEM-centric high school in Carson, graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and worked on projects and expeditions in South America. But […]
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Colorado Springs was founded in 1871, 12 years after its western neighbor, Colorado City. The first buildings here were log cabins and thrown-together structures described in a contemporary account as “miserable shacks.” They soon were replaced by substantial creations in wood, brick and stone as cities arose on the once-pristine lands at the base of […]
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Ross Hill made his first PictureBooth out of things he could find at a Tennessee Home Depot. “I made it out of plywood. … I bought a jigsaw to put the first one together,” Hill said. “It was really rough looking. Someone painted a white circle around the lens so people knew where to look.” […]
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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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Talk of the UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Center has been relatively quiet since last year, when the university announced plans to build the sprawling cultural complex. Word of a Trader Joe’s moving into the nearby University Village Colorado and of other major projects on the Cragmor Campus have overshadowed the planning phase for the […]
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In keeping with national trends, Colorado Springs could utilize its arts, culture and creative class to build a stronger sense of community and — along with it — a stronger economy downtown. Downtown, arts and area leaders will discuss creative place-making and using arts and culture to develop a stronger downtown economy in a special […]
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The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is accepting applications for grants for nonprofit cultural organizations and arts groups. Given from the OEDIT’s, Creative Industries division, the ColoradoCreates grants provide financial support to produce arts and cultural activities throughout the state. Grant applicants must be nonprofit groups, department of Colorado public colleges or […]
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When the El Paso County Courthouse was completed in 1902, the building’s clock tower was a favorite perch of local commercial photographers. Their photographs, many available in the Pikes Peak Library District’s digital archives, show an urbanist’s dream. It was a dense, low-rise, busy, eminently walkable city. Everything was within reach — it was a […]
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Ron Brasch remembers reading a newspaper article about 15 years ago, shortly after he had moved to Colorado Springs. The article was anything but flattering about our city and its appeal to outsiders who might consider moving here. In particular, the piece sent a critically negative message about the local arts scene and its shortcomings, […]
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Walking through Magic Town, one finds guests transported back to a day, place and time in the life of the artist who created it, sculptor Michael Garman. Guests see the joyful faces of the guys at the bar, the hopeful face of a child wanting popcorn at the movies, the solemn face of a priest […]
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The Commonwheel Artists Co-op celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014 and, for almost all of that time, the gallery has been nestled on the corner of Cañon Avenue and Lafayette Road in downtown Manitou Springs. “It’s served us very well,” Juanita Canzoneri, the co-op’s current president, said of the location. Commonwheel was started in the […]
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