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Meet Kimiko Tanabe

KimiThis week, Kimiko Tanabe joins COPPeR’s staff as our summer outreach coordinator and Public Interest Fellow through Colorado College. Kimiko will play a central role in our audience development programming by managing volunteers and the summer festival schedule for outreach, assisting with production of the 2015 Peak Radar Guide to Free Outdoor Summer Concerts (to be released mid-June) and 2015-2016 Peak Radar Pages (to be released mid-July), and other duties that will introduce her to arts management. Welcome, Kimi!

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A Fond Farewell to David Sckolnik

sckolnik 1David Sckolnik, a fixture of the local arts scene for many years, will be relocating to Florida in the coming weeks. Over the years, David has faithfully served our community as a cultural ambassador, promoter, board member, steward of the arts and, most publicly, arts critic for local media platforms, including The Gazette.

On behalf of COPPeR and the entire arts community here in the Pikes Peak region, we extend our heartfelt thanks to David, and our best wishes for continued success in his next adventure!

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Ticket giveaways needed for the summer arts outreach booth

Outreach BoothLast year, COPPeR’s summer arts outreach program signed up over 1,000 new people to connect with local arts groups and events every week through the Peak Radar Picks e-blast. Our festival booth is so popular because it’s based around a wheel-of-fortune game, and festival-goers can spin a prize wheel to enter to win free tickets to local arts, culture & fun!

Please help us by donating tickets to events or attractions that can be used as prizes for this summer’s arts outreach booth.
In exchange, your event or attraction will receive special promotional presence at our contest table. Can you help? Please e-mail Kimiko Tanabe, COPPeR’s summer arts outreach coordinator, at intern at coppercolo.org.

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Applause, please …

Olympic MuseumEach month, COPPeR shares exciting stories of success and impact from across the arts community of the Pikes Peak region on our Facebook Page. Let us know about YOUR stories at info at coppercolo.org. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/artsculturefun.

  • Season Three of “Beyond the Gallery,” includes features on two local creatives, Russ Ware and Idris Goodwin. All of the videos in the series are produced by Colorado Springs native, Zach Wolfson. (5/5)
  • COPPeR launched a deeper partnership with Pikes Peak Library District to broaden our work of building arts audiences with the aid of PPLD’s extensive reach in the community. (5/6)
  • Local artists Deb Komitor and Karen Storm were chosen for the 2015 Governor’s Art Show. (5/7)
  • The Woodland Park Historical Mural and Public Art Project exceeded its goal of raising $9,000 on Kickstarter to fund a new 145-foot mural. (5/12)
  • The Olympic Museum unveiled current architectural and exhibit concept renderings … and passed the halfway mark for their $80 million fundraising goal. (5/15)
  • Colorado Creative Industries released a new report showing statewide gains in arts education in spite of ongoing obstacles. (5/16)
  • The StoryCorps Airstream arrived at Ivywild and is taking reservations to record your personal stories through June 19. (5/19)
  • Manitou Springs announced new, free shuttle service daily through the summer, which will ease congestion during the town’s many festivals and cultural events. (5/20)
  • COPPeR hosted the 2015 Arts Advocates training to launch our summer arts outreach program. Download the training here and contact Angela if you are interested in attending a make-up training on June 10 to become a volunteer. (5/20)
  • Colorado Springs was named #9 of the 15 Most Inspiring Cities for Young Artists by WorldwideLearn.com.
  • The app dsgnfix is a new app to discover and capture good design in the city around you. (We can think of a few local spots we’d like to add!) (5/23)
  • COPPeR has been at the table with local leaders discussing plans to transform the old Gazette building on Pikes Peak Ave. The new complex offers opportunities for public exhibitions and performances, innovative design, and a home for the culinary arts via Colorado Springs Public Market. (5/26)
  • Local comic artist Andrew Wilson was married in the middle of Denver Comic Con on May 26 … in a Spiderman mask! (5/26)
  • Leadership Pikes Peak is looking for alumni of the program who are also artists to participate in an alumni art exhibition next fall. (5/28).

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October is Arts Month…Engage!

IMG_3385Planning is underway for our region’s second annual Arts Month celebration this coming October. Held each year in conjunction with National Arts & Humanities Month, our local Arts Month initiative is all about raising the visibility and value of arts & culture here in the Pikes Peak region. The celebration will kickoff with The Artini on Thursday, October 1.

For 2015, we’re going to try a “themed” approach to marketing Arts Month, with a focus on different artistic genres during each of the four weeks in October (starting 10/4). The themes for each of the four weeks will align with the first four category headers on PeakRadar.com

  • Week #1-Theatre & Film
  • Week #2-Visual Arts
  • Week #3-Music & Dance
  • Week #4-Poetry, Prose & Comedy

In addition to special advertising around these four themes, there will continue to be general marketing for the entire Arts Month brand, and for the promotion (via the peakradar.com platform) of all of the arts & cultural programming happening during October. Our “call to action” for Arts Month will be to have at least one new arts & cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October.

Over the coming months, please check for future Arts Month updates and plans at www.peakradar.com/artsmonth For questions or ideas about Arts Month, contact Andy Vick at andy at coppercolo.org.

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COPPeR embarks on strategic planning this summer

copper-logoThis summer, the COPPeR Board of Directors will be leading an effort to update our organization’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. The work will be done in cooperation with Rader Consulting, a locally-based consulting business. The process will involve focus groups, online surveys and a series of Town Hall meetings at various locations across our community. The new strategic plan is expected to be released during Arts Month, and will help to guide COPPeR’s future work through 2020. Please watch your email for additional information to find out how you can support and engage this process. If you have any questions, please call Andy at 719-634-2204.