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Arts Month 2015 is a wrap

artsmonthlogoOur sincere thanks to the community for your inspiring support of the second annual Arts Month initiative! New partners and press across the Pikes Peak region carried our call to “have one new cultural experience with friends or family during the month of October,” and we were thrilled with the traction and engagement in this year’s program. We are still crunching numbers to evaluate the growth of Arts Month and will share our findings with you in the coming weeks. Thank you again for all of your support!

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Behind the Counter

Counter_Group_smallOpening: Nov. 6 from 5-8 p.m.
part of First Fridays Downtown

This new series of portraits by local photographer Kate Doerksen of Kate Creative Photography depicts the people who work “behind the counters” of the Downtown Colorado Springs community. Her compelling, black & white images reveal the personalities that drive local business on a human level and, together, form a mosaic that tells a larger story about our collective daily life. Click to learn more.

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“TRG Arts Center for Results” to open in Downtown Colorado Springs

TRG_LogoBlack_RealRed_CMYK-extended-borderCongratulations to TRG Arts as they open the TRG Arts Center for Results this November, a new Colorado Springs-based learning, teaching, and consulting center that will host professionals in the national and international arts and cultural sector. The Center, located on the 5th Floor of the Wells Fargo Tower at 90 S. Cascade Ave., will be where TRG hosts their classes and webinars, consulting sessions and research projects that achieve sustainable results for the arts & entertainment field.

COPPeR is celebrating this exciting time in TRG’s history by helping them to host their first “class” in our community. On Nov. 11, TRG faculty will present Metrics That Matter – a 30 minute session on the six metrics that arts leaders should be tracking – along with a toast for the new Center. This free event is by invitation only, to ensure that content is relevant and useful to attendees. However, interested arts leaders are welcome to request an invitation by e-mailing info@trgarts.com.

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COPPeR partners with Citizens Project for November 2015 Voter Guide 

COPPeR is proud to again partner with the Citizens Project on the Voter Guide, ensuring that candidates answer a question related to the role of arts & culture in civic life.

For the November 3 election, D11 School Board candidates answered, “What role do you believe the arts should play in public education?” See their answers here: http://bit.ly/1MwERIH

No matter how you vote, be sure to vote by this Tuesday!

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Request for Qualifications to create public art for the Ent Center for the Performing Arts at UCCS

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has just released a request for qualifications for artists or artist teams interested creating site-specific public artwork for the grounds of the new Ent Center for the Performing Arts, scheduled to open in early 2018. We would love to see a strong showing of local visual artists applying for this wonderful opportunity! Act quickly: The deadline is Nov. 30, 2015.

Full details are available here: http://bit.ly/1GMRJYK

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Call for Artists: Space Foundation’s Space Award Design Competition 

The Space Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is holding a competition to select the newest designs for their annual Space Awards: The Space Achievement Award and the Douglas R. Morrow Public Outreach Award. COPPeR encourages our talented local visual artists to respond to this opportunity for an international audience to see your work!

Download the official Call for Entries: http://bit.ly/1M3x0QI

Download the application cover form: http://bit.ly/1RCQ0We

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Submit Your Promo for Small Business Saturday 

Small Business Saturday is November 28! If your creative business is planning special holiday entertainment or sales promotions, share your information with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by November 20, to be included in their online shopping guide. Click here for details.

The SBDC also offers workshops to help your small business take full advantage of holiday shopping season. Learn more at http://www.cssbdc.org

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Help Us Help You!

COPPeR was founded to be the promoter, convener, instigator, and advocate to drive cultural and economic vitality in our community. As we approach our 10-year anniversary in 2016, COPPeR is playing an increasingly influential role throughout the Pikes Peak region. Your support is critical to our continued success – especially as we begin our end of year fundraising campaign. Donate online at www.culturaloffice.org/donate.

And …. learn about The COPPeR Guild, our newly announced giving circle: http://www.culturaloffice.org/donate/copper-guild

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Save the Date! 

The AIR:Shift™ Workshop 

Coming to Colorado Springs 
January 22-24, 2016

“Give us 3 days, we’ll change your world.” That’s the promise of Arts Incubator of the Rockies’ AIR:Shift Workshop, which brings together business professionals and creatives to learn just how empowered they can be when they collaborate in their community. COPPeR is proud to host this industry-leading workshop for the second time. Stay tuned for details!