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TONIGHT: The Artini!

artinilogo2015(A free event for those age 21 and over)
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Mansion / The Mezzanine
(20 N. Tejon St., Downtown Colorado Springs)

The Artini is COPPeR’s FREE community kickoff event to celebrate the start of Arts Month! Enjoy live entertainment, martini tastings, art demonstrations, and lots of great fun! This event is open to anyone 21 years old and over, without any need to RSVP. Grab your friends and come celebrate. Let’s pack the house with incredible energy to launch Arts Month 2015!

Invite your friends using this Facebook event link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1767982990095184/

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT, BUT YOU MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ATTEND.

Special thanks to the Mansion (Sam & Kathy Guadagnoli) and the Mezzanine (Linda Weise) for being our hosts.

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3 Key Highlights of Arts Month 2015

2e8f954c-8f25-48f1-bef2-24944e9a4daaIn the Pikes Peak region, our annual Arts Month initiative is designed to raise awareness for the area’s creative community and showcase the many exciting arts & cultural events taking place across the Pikes Peak region during the month of October (and all year long)! Here are 3 highlights to get you started:

1. The month is themed into 4 weeks that mirror the first 4 categories on PeakRadar.com, our region’s cultural calendar.
Week 1: Theatre & Film
Week 2: Visual Arts
Week 3: Music & Dance
Week 4: Poetry, Prose & Comedy

Over 140 cultural events and activities are happening across our community during October, plus there’s all kinds of creative fun that doesn’t fit neatly into any category other than – Wow!

2. The call to action is to “have one new cultural experience with friends or family during the month of October.” To energize our call to action this year, we’ve launched the #MyArtsMonth Selfie Contest. Share a selfie of you and your friends and family enjoying the arts using the hashtag #MyArtsMonth. Each week, we’ll draw random winners to receive free tickets to upcoming shows! Click here for rules and eligibility.

3. The homepage is www.PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth.
Use the site and share it on Facebook so that your friends use it, too. If you’re involved with an arts group, you’ll find easy tools to connect what you’re doing with Arts Month at:
www.culturaloffice.org/resources/arts-month-toolkit/.

If you have any questions about Arts Month 2015, please contact Andy Vick at 719-634-2204, or andy at coppercolo.org.

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“I Buy Local Art” Facebook Campaign

PrintShow off how you support local visual artists by being part of the “I Buy Local Art” Facebook campaign. Here’s how:

On Facebook:
1. Change your profile picture to the “I Buy Local Art” image, created by Nicholas Baranek with Thank You Media.
2. Post the following text as your status update: “I Buy Local Art. Check out my collection and then show me yours!”
3. Include at least one photo of a piece of art by a local artist that you have in your home collection.
4. If possible, tag the artist and/or the gallery where you purchased the piece in the caption.
5. Tag at least five friends and ask them to share photos of their art collections with the following text: “Hey, show me your collection of artwork by local artists!”

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Business & Arts Lunch Tickets Still Available!

B&A Lunch Social Media Square ImageWe’re on our way to selling out the Business & Arts Lunch for this year! Do you have your seat yet? This is one of the most colorful professional events of the year, featuring live performances and visual art in a fast-paced program that celebrates three local award winners working at the intersection of business & creativity.

A special thanks to our co-host, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. We’ll hope to see you at the Lunch!

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Applause, please …

Each month, COPPeR shares exciting stories of success and impact from across the creative community of the Pikes Peak region on our Facebook Page. Here are just a few inspiring stories from the past month:
• COPPeR and the Colorado Springs Business Journal debuted the 2015-2016 Peak Radar Pages, listing information about 400 arts and cultural groups! (9/3)
• Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership’s President & CEO (and COPPeR founder) Susan Edmondson was surprised by Mayor John Suthers with the Spirit of the Springs Award. (9/17)
• Colorado Springs architect Mark Harris was invited to showcase his work at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. (9/18)
The Independent’s Fall Arts Preview highlighted this season’s upcoming offerings, with a “shout out” to PeakRadar.com.
Velvet Hills Chorus celebrated its 50th Anniversary! (9/19)
• The Gazette featured a story about how The Colorado Springs Conservatory engages community around the cause of young artists. (9/21)
Colorado Springs Startup Week (Oct. 5-9) overlaps Arts Month, and partnered to include multiple creative and artistic events. (9/22)
Poor Richard’s in Downtown Colorado Springs unveiled a new mural by local artist Douglas Rouse. (9/24)

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/artsculturefun.
Let us know about YOUR stories at info at coppercolo.org.

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Now Exhibiting at COPPeR: New Work by Steve Weed

Dancer 3 smallFrom October 2-30, COPPeR is pleased to show a new series of paintings by Steve Weed, who recently moved Downtown to a new studio space a block east of the Colorado Springs Creative District! Steve has been voted a Colorado Springs favorite artist four of the last five years and is listed in the city historical archive for his art contributions following the two devastating wildfires of 2012-2013. His newest work captures exquisite and explosive movements of dance in a series of 6 paintings.

Stop by to see it Mondays-Fridays, 10am-4pm at COPPeR’s Office & Arts Info Space, 121 S. Tejon St. in the Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District.

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Colorado Artists Statewide Survey

COA LogoIf you haven’t done so already, please join nearly 1,000 fellow artists who have already completed this 5-minute survey about their immediate needs:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COA_visualarts

Doing so sends a strong message about your willingness to consider and support new possibilities for yourself and your fellow artists. The survey is open until October 15, but don’t delay. And please forward the survey link to other visual artists! Thank you.