Experts around the country argue that arts and culture have the power to transform blighted areas into vibrant ones and drive economic development — a philosophy that downtown Colorado Springs leaders take to heart. As part of a dramatic restructuring at the Downtown Partnership, a staffed downtown advocacy organization, Lara Garritano has been named the […]
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Drew Martorella made his way to Colorado Springs from Beckley, W.Va., by way of Santa Fe, N.M., Los Angeles and New Jersey. As the executive director of TheatreWorks at UCCS, the 47-year-old is responsible for the theater company, which has eight productions planned for the coming school year and sponsors a tour of British theater […]
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Nearly 100 years ago, the Broadmoor Art Academy was founded. It later became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, cornerstone of the arts culture and education in the Pikes Peak region. Sam Gappmayer was hired as CEO of the Fine Arts Center in 2008 and inherited the charge to maintain the organization’s esteemed reputation, something […]
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After a 2013 hiatus, the state’s largest spectator event once again is making its way through Colorado Springs next week — but don’t blink. The fourth USA Pro Challenge is welcoming back some of the world’s fastest cyclists, with Stage 4 of the seven-stage event here on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21. The stage will start […]
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What’s the most dangerous painting in America? There are plenty of candidates, including Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary and Andrés Serrano’s Piss Christ. Both have come under attack from conservatives, citing the artists’ deliberately blasphemous depictions of sacred subjects. Yet unless you know what materials the artists used, neither image is blasphemous. They’re strangely […]
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The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art will host its fourth annual BRILLIANT art celebration June 13 at GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St. BRILLIANT will include a five-course dinner and cocktail pairing at 6 p.m. at Nosh (next door to GOCA 121) and an art party with performances, interactive art and dancing from 8 p.m. […]
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Do commercial buildings learn? If they want to avoid the wrecker’s ball, they’d better be like enduring businesses — carefully conceived, solidly built, well located and open to change. Just as businesses that fail to evolve fall by the wayside, so do aging buildings that can’t be profitably reimagined. Can you predict which buildings will […]
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Those familiar with the rich photographic history of the Pikes Peak region know all about the works of William Henry Jackson, Laura Gilpin and Myron Wood. They came to Colorado Springs for a variety of reasons, and their work here lives on even after their deaths. But other photographers followed in their footsteps — and […]
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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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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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Look around you, not always in the most obvious places, and you’ll see some very positive signs of a developing trend in the Pikes Peak region. For starters, check the downtown alley going north and south between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Already, one block of alleyway has been spruced up and resurfaced between Bijou […]
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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 Springs’ final installment of this […]
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