Each year, COPPeR undertakes the creation of our region’s most comprehensive guide to arts and culture and distributes thousands of free copies to residents and visitors. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that the Pages features 100 more organizations to total 350 groups offering arts, culture and fun across El Paso and Teller counties! Copies will be available for pickup at COPPeR’s Office and Arts Info Space at 121 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 beginning on July 7 or for download at www.culturaloffice.org/resources.
…and Free Outdoor Summer Concert Guide!
Our popular Peak Radar Guide to Free Outdoor Summer Concerts is hot off the (digital) presses! Unfurl your blanket, unpack a picnic and hear some live local music any night of the week. https://www.culturaloffice.org/resources/free-summer-concerts/
On Tuesday, June 24, arts enthusiasts from across the region gathered at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for a special Coffee with COPPeR: October is Arts Month. Lively morning music was performed by musicians from the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, ensemble Parish House Baroque, before a presentation about plans for the Pikes Peak region’s first Arts Month this October by Andy Vick, Executive Director of COPPeR.
Get involved, even if you couldn’t join us.
- View the Coffee with COPPeR presentation of plans for Arts Month: https://www.culturaloffice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Arts-Month-Presentation-6-24-14.pdf
- Read the press release: https://www.culturaloffice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Press-Release-for-Arts-Month.pdf
- Use the Arts Month Toolkit and check back as new resources are added: www.peakradar.com/artsmonth
- Think about how you or your creative group can get involved. If you’re planning any October events, including performances, exhibitions or workshops, submit them to www.peakradar.com ASAP to ensure they are included at www.peakradar.com/artsmonth. (Remember, you can get creative and collaborate for lobby performances or displays, street demonstrations, open studios etc. to get yourself on the calendar!)
If you would like to submit an image for consideration for use in an Arts Month ad, send 1 to 2 images in high resolution (at least 300 dpi) to info@CulturalOffice.org by July 10. Sample ads can be found in the Arts Month Toolkit.
COPPeR celebrates accomplishments in our creative community regularly on our Facebook page – and there is much to celebrate! Stay up on inspiring stories like these by liking us on Facebook today: https://www.facebook.com/artsculturefun. Email us at info at coppercolo.org when you hear good news worth sharing!
Here is a sampling of arts news from June:
- Colorado Springs-based artist Senga Nengudi opened two simultaneous exhibitions in Denver, both retrospectives of her incredible career. http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_25860285/senga-nengudi-brngs-her-own-art-history-denvers. (6/2)
- The Gazette featured the Mural Project’s recent work helping troops heal through Project Wounded Ego. http://gazette.com/art-project-aimed-at-helping-troops-heal/article/1521125 (6/8)
- The CS Fine Arts Center announced the hire of David A. Dahlin as new president and CEO. http://www.csfineartscenter.org/Email/PressRelease_6_10_14.html (6/10)
- Dr. Jane Chu was confirmed as the next Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/press-releases/jane-chu-confirmed-as-chair-of-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts (6/12)
- The Colorado Springs Conservatory performed as part of the Western Street Breakfast to kick off rodeo season in downtown Colorado Springs. (6/18)
- Downtown Colorado Springs was certified as a Creative District by the State of Colorado and Colorado Creative Industries. Manitou Springs was awarded Candidate Creative District status.(6/20)
- The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale toured Italy this month and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association toured Japan! We’re so proud of these young cultural ambassadors. (6/30)
COPPeR sends a special round of applause to:
- COPPeR Advisory Council member Susan Grace was recently awarded the Spirit of the Springs Award by Colorado Springs’ Mayor Steve Bach: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/susan-grace-to-receive-spirit-of-the-springs-award#.U7LsZvldWos
- COPPeR Advisory Council member Toby Gannett, who has been named as an Aspen Institute Business and Society First Mover Fellow for 2014-2015, an honor given to only 20 business leaders from around the world each year. http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-businessman-will-be-in-prestigious-company-during-fellowship-program/article/1521285
Nominations for the 2014 Business & Arts Lunch Awards
through July 15.
Nominations are now being accepted for 3 awards celebrating local business support for the arts at the Business & Arts Lunch: Business Leader in the Arts, Creative Workspace and Philanthropy. Click below to nominate your board members, donors or collaborators in the community! Deadline is July 15.
Who Inspires You? Nominate them today:
Save the Date: This year’s Business and Arts Lunch will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Hotel Elegante from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. It is a co-presentation of COPPeR and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.
July 11: Suz Stovall’s “Color * Passion * Intent”
It’s summer time! Celebrate the beautiful weather with a First Friday Art Walk Downtown! Head to COPPeR’s Art and Information Space for the opening reception of “Suz Stovall: Color * Passion * Intent.” Meet the artist and get down to the distinct sound of local band Eros and the Eschaton from 6-8 PM. Pop over to GOCA 121 for their opening of “36 Views of Pikes Peak”, too!
Suz Stovall passionately explores color through vibrating color fields and thin, spontaneous lines. Her work is on view through September 23rd. Learn more here: http://www.peakradar.com/event/detail/441839614
We’re looking for kind souls to help staff a few final time slots where we need help at COPPeR’s booth promoting the arts at area festivals this summer. It’s a fun, volunteer gig to chat with people about the local arts scene and run a prize wheel where festival-goers can enter to win free arts experiences! Contact Fiona Horner at intern at coppercolo.org to see if you can help us during these final needed time slots this summer.
The day after the Coffee with COPPeR: October is Arts Month event, we received a surprise visit from Jon Khoury, Executive Director of Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Jon presented a check of support for COPPeR and Arts Month and asked us to share with you this note:
“This check represents both a symbolic and literal donation to the COPPeR umbrella that has supported us financially and tactically. It’s time for all of us arts organizations to support them. I encourage everyone to look at your books and write a check as a show of support for COPPeR and Arts Month. The future of art in our city is in our hands!”
Thank you, Jon, for inspiring us with your visit.
If YOU will answer Jon’s call to support COPPeR today, visit www.culturaloffice.org/donate.