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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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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Sam Gappmayer, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, resigned Tuesday, effective Nov. 22. During five years of leading the organization, Gappmayer produced some of its most popular theater, most provocative exhibits and most engaging classes, according to a FAC news release. Also, with the help of the FAC staff, he created […]
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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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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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Colorado Springs City Council dedicated two areas in City Hall this month to exhibit and celebrate citizen artwork. The first, located on the second floor, is a new gallery. The second, located on the third floor in Council Chambers, is a gallery dedicated for K-12 artwork. The first shows in City Hall through the month […]
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As flood waters recede and clean-up efforts begin, a Denver nonprofit organization wants to educate the public to not throw away photographs, even if they appear ruined. Wet and dirty photos and videos can often be salvaged, and member companies and organizations of The Memory Preservation Coalition opened Memory Rescue Centers across the Front Range […]
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It’s easy to get the impression that most gun owners are angry, middle-aged men who thrive on the doomsday rhetoric of some gun manufacturers. In fact, many Americans own firearms for reasons that have little or nothing to do with self-defense. Far from focusing on home invasions or the tyranny of the federal government, they’re […]
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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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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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In November 1988, voters in the six-county Denver Metro Area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson) were asked to approve a 1/10 of a cent sales tax for something called the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. The district’s purpose: “to distribute funds for the support of cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten […]
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