April Arts News from COPPeR
Voter Info for Creatives: Election Day is April 7
The newest Citizens Project Voter Guide asked candidates in the upcoming Colorado Springs’ election the question, “What role does a vibrant and well-funded arts & cultural sector play in the overall vitality of our local economy?” Who agrees with your priorities? See their answers below and share this link with friends. Many key decision makers will be chosen and we can shape our shared future with our votes.
2015 Voter Guide by Citizens Project:
Official election website for Colorado Springs:
Our thanks to Citizens Project for working with COPPeR to include the question of cultural vitality among the critical issues explored with candidates.
Woodland Park launches Kickstarter campaign for public art
The Woodland Park Arts Alliance has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the new Historical Mural and Public Art Project. The first installation will be a 145-foot mural by local artist Lois Sprague entitled, “The History of Us”, which depicts the roots of the community across time, beginning with the Ute Indians. We congratulate WPAA on this ambitious new initiative and encourage the whole region to rally behind Woodland Park’s growing creative momentum!
Announcing new Peak Radar partners
COPPeR has been assertively building new partnerships beyond the arts community to dramatically grow the market share of PeakRadar.com. Our new promotional partners will promote site usage to their sector peers and audiences, and offer high visibility for PeakRadar.com at events and venues beyond the cultural scene. We are excited to announce new partnerships with:
Other partnerships are in the works. Stay tuned as we extend our reach so that more residents and visitors discover arts and culture in the Pikes Peak region!
I.C.E. Night: First Drink Free at the Mezz for local Innovators, Creatives & Entertainers
Every Friday from 10PM until closing, the Mezzanine (located at 20 North Tejon Street in Downtown Colorado Springs) will host I.C.E. Night, featuring a “first drink free” for all Innovators, Creatives, and Entertainers. For more information, visit www.themezzcos.com.
“WANTED: rock star arts calendar seeks outgoing volunteers for summer of fun …”
We’re assembling a cast of arts lovers for our summer outreach volunteer team! “Arts Advocates” learn to speak knowledgeably about our region’s creative sector and then volunteer during the summer at the Peak Radar Outreach Booth at festivals and special events. The Booth is a fun game where passersby spin a wheel to enter to win free tickets, sign up for the Peak Radar Picks E-blast, and get excited about the arts!
Join us! Email Angela Seals at angela@CulturalOffice.org.
Applause, please …
COPPeR celebrates accomplishments in our creative community regularly on our Facebook page – and there is always so 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@CulturalOffice.org when you hear good news worth sharing!
- The Gazette spotlighted the life’s work of 98-year-old artist Eric Bransby: http://gazette.com/98-year-old-eric-bransby-will-leave-trail-of-murals-in-colorado-springs-across-the-country/article/1547137 (3/1)
- From a competitive field of 26 students across the state, Jeana Lovett from Liberty High School in Colorado Springs won the title of 2015 Poetry Out Loud Colorado State Champion. (3/3)
- Stargazers Theatre hosted the 2015 City Council Candidate Forum, co-sponsored by COPPeR and many other community partners. (3/10)
- KRCC debuted a new program, Critical Karaoke, featuring 3 Colorado College professors, including local spoken word artist and playwright Idris Goodwin, musicologist Ryan Banagale and novelist Steven Hayward: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/karaoke-without-the-singing-debuts-on-krcc#.VRrEzvnF9XL. (3/10)
- PPCC’s Downtown Studio Art Gallery opened a new exhibition, Controlled Calamity, exploring the dynamics of domestic violence through art: http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2015/03/12/sneak-peek-ppccs-new-art-show-controlled-calamity
- Meadowgrass Music Festival announced their 2015 festival lineup with a little help from their friends in the arts community: https://www.facebook.com/MeadowGrass (3/13)
- The CSBJ featured an in depth look at the work of the First Take Film Fellowship: http://csbj.com/2015/03/16/fellowship-provides-young-filmmakers-opportunity/
- COPPeR‘s Executive Director, Andy Vick, was one of 12 leaders selected from across Colorado for the “Colorado Change Leaders Institute”: http://pagosadailypost.com/2015/02/24/colorado-change-leader-institute-announced-for-spring-2015/ (3/23-25)
- Arts leaders across the country urged their elected officials to support the arts on National Arts Advocacy Day. (3/24)
- The new Courses for Creatives series offered its first workshop, co-presented by Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Small Business Development Center: http://www.cssbdc.org/programs/creatives (3/25-26)
- El Paso County acquired, conserved and installed a series of historic paintings by Leone Bradbury. Watch the short documentary about the project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H43Lm3B_aQo&feature=youtu.be (3/30)
Save the Dates!
Thursday, October 1: The Artini (The Official Arts Month Kickoff)
The Mansion and The Mezzanine
Friday, October 9: 8th Annual Business & Arts Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Antlers Hilton
co-presented by COPPeR and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance