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October Arts News from COPPeR

Kick Off Arts Month at the Artini!

Local creatives are gathering tonight for a one-of-a-kind art party to kick off the Pikes Peak region’s first Arts Month – and YOU are invited! The Artini, a free community celebration, will be held on Wednesday, October 1 from 6-9PM at The Mansion (20 N Tejon Street) in Downtown Colorado Springs. The evening will feature great live music with dancing, visual and performance art showcases, and a cash bar with signature martini drinks created by some of the area’s top mixologists! Don’t miss the fun!

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October is Arts Month

This month, the Pikes Peak region celebrates its first Arts Month, a new local initiative to raise awareness for the quality, diversity, and value of the arts in our community. Artists and arts organizations throughout El Paso and Teller Counties will collaborate to highlight the thriving cultural community present in the region and to connect residents with the many cultural opportunities available. A special landing page has been created at www.peakradar.com/artsmonth,Get involved:

  • Visit PeakRadar.com regularly to plan cultural outings with your family and friends.
  • Want your event to be part of Arts Month? Just submit it to PeakRadar.com. All October events are included on the special landing page for Arts Month.
  • Use the Arts Month Toolkit to spread the word! Or, “like” the COPPeR and PeakRadar Facebook pages and share our posts throughout the month.
  • Volunteer your time, talent, or financial resources this October to help support the work of a local cultural organization.
  • Most importantly, get out and ENGAGE your local creative community by exploring, experiencing, and enjoying all the wonderful arts & cultural events, activities and opportunities that exist here in the Pikes Peak region!

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Deb Komitor: For the Love of Trees

Friday, Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.

During the Oct. 3 First Friday art walk in Downtown Colorado Springs, stop by COPPeR’s Office and Arts Info Space at 121 S. Tejon Street as we open a new exhibition of paintings by inspiring local painter, Deb Komitor. “For the Love of Trees” celebrates the spiritual connection of the artist with trees, particularly since the Black Forest fire. Learn more at

http://www.peakradar.com/event/detail/441877107/Deb_Komitor_For_the_Love_of_Trees

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AIR Shift Workshop

October 24-26 

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 

Space is Limited – Sign Up Today!

Space is still available for the Pikes Peak region’s first AIR Shift Workshop. Presented by COPPeR, this weekend workshop teaches new ways for art and business to connect through innovation and collaboration, and is designed to serve and connect creatives, businesses, and the larger community. As a workshop participant you will (1) discover new opportunities in the new economy of innovation and art, (2) learn design thinking and business planning in a hands-on process, (3) develop new relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, and (4) imagine new career paths and develop your own personal action plan. For complete details and registration information, visit http://www.airartsincubator.org/learning/air-shift-workshop.

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7th Annual Business & Arts Lunch is SOLD OUT

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and COPPeR are pleased to announce that the 2014 Business & Arts Lunch is officially sold out! This luncheon honors local businesses that are involved in the arts through philanthropy, leadership, and the integration of creativity into the workplace. If you didn’t get a seat, we’ll announce the winners in a separate e-blast coming to your InBox shortly after the event.

Congratulations to the nine area finalists:

Philanthropy Award – All Colorado Beer Festival – Downtown Partnership – Sam & Kathy Guadagnoli 

Creative Workspace Award– Adams Mountain Café – Pikes Peak Library District – Poor Richard’s Downtown Complex

Business Leader in the Arts Award – Nechie Hall – Cass Mullane – Madeline VanDenHoek 

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