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Commentary from the Colorado Springs Business Journal about the new Arts & Economic Prosperity study results http://www.csbj.com/2017/06/23/arts-industry-inspirational/

The Gazette reports on the release of the new Arts & Economic Prosperity study results http://gazette.com/study-arts-pumps-150-million-a-year-into-pikes-peak-regions-economy/article/1605384

Op-Ed piece in support of continued funding for the National Endowment for the Arts http://gazette.com/guest-column-dont-discount-the-powerful-impact-of-arts-and-culture/article/1603304

Local churches open their doors to performing arts groups http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-churches-throw-open-doors-to-performing-arts-groups/article/1602101

The Colorado Springs Business Journal offers commentary on why “Investing in the arts equals investing in development” http://www.csbj.com/2017/04/14/investing-arts-equals-investing-development/

The Gazette reports that Business support of the arts likely growing in Colorado Springs http://gazette.com/business-support-of-the-arts-likely-growing-in-colorado-springs/article/1600130

Cultural Office Board member Herman Tiemens talks business, arts and community with the Colorado Springs Business Journal http://www.csbj.com/2017/03/17/tiemens-excels-at-the-art-of-business/

Denver-based Colorado Business Committee for the Arts bestowed some love on a local business TRG Arts at the 30th annual Business for the Arts Awards http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-business-wins-award-at-denvers-business-for-the-arts-awards/article/1599079

Confluence Denver reports on the vibrant and growing arts scene in the Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District http://www.confluence-denver.com/features/downtown_colorado_springs_creative_district_121416.aspx

Read all the great press about Arts Month 2016 https://www.culturaloffice.org/resources/arts-month-news/

The Cultural Office’s 10th Anniversary is featured in the Gazette’s “Around Town” http://gazette.com/around-town-copper-celebrates-10-years-connecting-folks-with-the-arts/article/1585764

Cultural Office executive director Andy Vick is featured “One on One” in the Colorado Springs Business Journal http://www.csbj.com/2016/09/09/vick-promotes-art-as-economic-vitality/

The Cultural Office celebrates its 10th Anniversary http://daily.gazette.com/Olive/Tablet/TheGazette/SharedArticle.aspx?href=TheGazette%2F2016%2F08%2F11&id=Ar00402

Gazette business columnist Ted Rayburn writes about the importance of the local creative economy in the Colorado Springs community http://gazette.com/southern-colorados-creative-economy-larger-than-many-realize/article/1581031

The home of Cultural Office executive director Andy Vick and his artist wife, Beth Piver, was featured in Springs Magazine http://cospringsmag.com/living-canvas/

Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs each receive a $1 million gift from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation http://m.gazette.com/foundations-1m-donations-will-expand-arts-programs-at-pikes-peak-community-college-uccs/article/1579938

The Colorado Springs Business Journal profiles TRG Arts and its President and CEO, Jill Robinson (who also serves on the Cultural Office Board of Directors) http://www.csbj.com/2016/06/30/trg-arts-allows-creative-industries-thrive/

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports on public art in Downtown Colorado Springs http://gazette.com/eleven-new-pieces-of-sculpture-in-downtowns-art-on-the-streets/article/1579002, and in the Tri-Lakes area http://gazette.com/new-public-art-decorates-tri-lakes-area-in-artsites/article/1578998

Colorado College and the Fine Arts Center exploring merger
http://gazette.com/colorado-college-colorado-springs-fine-arts-center-exploring-merger/article/1572737

The Cultural Office is leading the next Arts & Economic Prosperity Study http://gazette.com/copper-pairs-with-americans-for-the-arts-on-upcoming-study/article/1567625

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports on the power of art to transform lives http://gazette.com/former-colorado-springs-gang-member-finds-new-hope-through-art/article/1566736

Commissioners proclaim October as Arts Month in El Paso County http://gazette.com/commissioners-proclaim-october-as-arts-month-in-el-paso-county/article/1561083

The “Pretty Piano Project” comes to Downtown Colorado Springs http://gazette.com/watch-pretty-piano-project-dedication-kicks-off-arts-month-in-colorado-springs/article/1560433

COPPeR is leading an effort to illuminate the Drake Power Plant with colorful LED lighting http://m.gazette.com/colorado-springs-artist-wants-to-turn-power-plant-into-well-lighted-cultural-icon/article/1556111 (note that this effort was subsequently discontinued)

COPPeR executive director Andy Vick wrote a guest article for the Colorado Springs Business Journal about the arts making connections across sectors http://www.csbj.com/2015/07/14/national-message-arts-leaders-must-work-across-sectors/

Ent Federal Credit Union announces their sponsorship of the new Visual and Performing Arts Center (now called the Ent Center for the Arts) on the UCCS campus http://gazette.com/uccs-deal-with-ent-will-elevate-arts-in-colorado-springs/article/1548867

11001907_440268876130239_8664576884982070547_nThe Gazette reports on the City for Champions community forum with the Arts http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-group-one-with-deep-roots-says-it-will-benefit-from-city-for-champions/article/1546496

The local arts community comes together in support of the City for Champions initiative http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2015/02/18/the-arts-community-backs-city-for-champions

Cottonwood Center for the Arts executive director Jon Khoury is featured in The Independent http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/a-brash-new-yorker-has-imbued-cottonwood-center-for-the-arts-with-energy-ambition-and-andmdash-a-little-weirdly-andmdash-love/Content?oid=2988178

The Indy Blog posts about COPPeR’s Arts Month Wrap Up meeting http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2014/11/11/arts-month-in-review-a-great-start

Great article featuring some of the area’s key arts leaders in the Indy’s Fall Arts Preview 2014 http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/boopsie-and-bunny-bee-david-siegel-andy-vick-nora-hardin-and-george-preston/Content?oid=2934628

The Indy blogs about COPPeR’s roll-out of the 2014 Arts Month initiative http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2014/06/24/coming-in-october-arts-month

A new venue for the performing arts coming to downtown Colorado Springs http://gazette.com/a-new-venue-for-the-performing-arts-coming-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1522436

Downtown Colorado Springs receives Creative District designation http://gazette.com/downtown-colorado-springs-receives-creative-district-designation/article/1521771

Erin Hannan named to newly-created position at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
http://csbj.com/2014/04/09/fine-arts-center-hires-hannan-new-position/

Manitou Springs artist and tree-carver, David Gonzales, transforms wood into stories
http://gazette.com/manitou-artist-carves-tree-stumps-into-story-rich-tableaus/article/1518089

Therapeutic art exhibition makes an impact at Cottonwood Center for the Arts
http://gazette.com/therapeutic-art-in-finding-our-voices-exhibit/article/1517924

Manitou Springs applying to be a Colorado Creative District
http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2014/03/28/manitou-springs-applying-to-be-a-creative-district

Arts key to revitalization of downtown Woodland Park
http://www.krdo.com/news/revitalizing-downtown-woodland-park/25231134

Local artist Marian Busey, founder of gallery in Old Colorado City, celebrates 102 years and lifelong legacy
http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-artist-celebrates-102nd-birthday-lifelong-legacy/article/1516961

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center showcases American Folk Art through June 1, 2014
http://gazette.com/exhibit-at-the-fine-arts-center-in-colorado-springs-celebrates-american-folk-art/article/1517181

Local photographer Brenda Biondo’s playground pics to be published in new book
http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2014/04/09/brenda-biondos-playground-photos-to-be-published

Arts could drive downtown Colorado Springs’ renaissance
http://csbj.com/2013/06/07/cutting-edge-arts-could-drive-much-of-downtowns-renaissance/

Plans are taking shape for the $58 million UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Center
http://csbj.com/2013/08/27/uccs-arts-center-plans-emerging/

Alley Arts Project leaps from plan to progress in downtown Colorado Springs
http://csbj.com/2013/08/13/alley-arts-project-making-leap-from-plan-to-progress/

Peak Arts Fund 2013 Campaign hits $50,000 goal for the arts
http://gazette.com/peak-arts-fund-hits-50000-goal-for-arts-groups/article/1504831

Woodland Park eyes Creative Arts District designation
http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/news/woodland-park-on-the-move/article_28a2c40a-0419-11e3-9aa9-0019bb2963f4.html

Ivywild School Announces Grand Opening
http://www.prweb.com/releases/IvywildSchool/2013/prweb10963341.htm

Local arts leader Natalie Johnson makes the case for arts investment
http://csbj.com/2013/09/10/dont-be-afraid-to-create-your-art-investment/

New Modboco School of Art masterminds Lauren and Brett Andrus interviewed on KRCC
http://krcc.org/post/modboco-school-art-opens-weekend-ivywild-interview-lauren-and-brett-andrus

THEATREWORKS named 2013 Outstanding Regional Theatre by Colorado Theatre Guild
http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=11441

Student thrives at Woodland Park Arts Alliance
http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/tellercounty/life/student-thrives-with-woodland-park-arts-alliance/article_b2d66866-0f63-11e3-b9d1-001a4bcf887a.html

Commonwheel Festival keeps momentum in 49th year
http://gazette.com/commonwheel-festival-keeps-momentum-on-39th-year/article/1505678

An Interview with the Fine Arts Center’s Sam Gappmeyer
http://csbj.com/2013/08/02/facs-gappmayer-connects-sectors/

Peak Arts Fund closing in on its 2013 Goal
http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-peak-arts-fund-closing-in-on-campaign-goal/article/1503741

Green Mountain Falls hosts Green Box Arts Festival and “Cloud City”
http://gazette.com/green-mountain-falls-hosts-green-box-arts-festival-and-cloud-city-exhibit/article/1502543

“Newcomer” COPPeR Development Officer, Angela Seals, featured in CSBJ’s Young Professionals Connection
http://csbj.com/ypconnection/2013/04/12/newcomer-seals-brings-fundraising-expertise-to-copper-position/

“Let’s make a stronger commitment to arts and culture” by GOCA Director Daisy McConnell
http://csbj.com/2013/04/12/lets-make-a-stronger-commitment-to-arts-and-culture/

COPPeR is building “a community united by creativity”
http://catalystnewspaper.com/2012/12/14/copper-brings-arts-to-colo-springs/

 

ARCHIVES

A one-time infusion of $30,000 in federal stimulus money will be divided evenly among three Colorado Springs arts groups
  $30,000 in federal stimulus money goes to local arts groups

Q&A with Executive Director Bettina Swigger
  Arts Crucial to Dynamic Local Economy

Local arts leaders discuss 2009 trends and big ideas, including a segment by Executive Director Bettina Swigger
  2009 State of the Arts (July 24, 2009)

10 lessons other communities have learned that have potential implications for the Pikes Peak region, including insights from COPPeR
  DREAM CITY 2020: 10 lessons we can learn from other cities (July 5, 2009)

A list of grant recipients from the Downtown Development Authority of Colorado Springs, including COPPeR and others.
  Agency’s $124k grants help give downtown a facelift (June 18, 2009)

DREAM CITY 2020: 10 lessons we can learn from other cities
  http://www.gazette.com/news/city-57961-austin-colorado.html

Article on marketing for non profits, focusing on several agencies, including COPPeR (Interview with Executive Director Bettina Swigger)
  Mission possible: Not your father’s marketing plan (May 22, 2009)

Guest columnists Executive Director Bettina Swigger and Robert Lynch explain why supporting the arts will help the economy.
  Arts a part of economic solution (April 13, 2009)

One on One series featuring Executive Director Bettina Swigger
  Swigger sees Springs in the midst of cultural renaissance (March 27, 2009)

Summary of 2008 Arts Summit, hosted by COPPeR
  Arts summit looks ahead (October 23, 2008)

Summary of awards bestowed by Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and COPPeR to honor collaborations between the arts and business communities.
  Arts, Business communities laud supporters(October 6, 2008)

Introduction to live blog roll with arts advocates in the community, including Executive Director Bettina Swigger and follow up from previously published State of the Arts.
  Heavyweights discuss state of arts in Springs (July 16, 2008)

Sculptor Chris Weed talk about, among other things, his hope for arts in Colorado Springs, and credits COPPeR with the “thriving” arts scene in Colorado Springs.
  Sculptor has hope in city that displays his giant work (July 16, 2008)

American Way Magazine feature on Colorado Springs with interviews from community leaders, including Executive Director Bettina Swigger.
  Colorado Springs: Toss the guidebook and listen to these locals as they show you around their mountain town. (June 15, 2008)

CSBJ’s annual class of rising stars in Colorado Springs, featuring executive director Executive Director Bettina Swigger.
  CSBJ Rising Stars (May 2, 2008)

Information on $15,000 matching grant from the Colorado Tourism Office
  COPPeR, Experience Springs win state grant (February 7, 2008)

Announcement and brief history of Executive Director Bettina Swigger and COPPeR
  COPPeR hires first executive director (October 29, 2007)

Honoring Susan Edmonson as best Arts Advocate for her work as executive director of Bee Vradenburg Foundation and vice chair of board for COPPeR
  Best of 2007: Power Players (October 25, 2007)

Overview of arts in Colorado Springs, with a special section on the formation and mission of COPPeR
  STATE OF THE ARTS: OVERVIEW (July 27, 2007)

Summary of study regarding economic impact of arts in the community
  Arts, the economy and giraffe biscuits: COPPeR’s new report encompasses more than paintings and Shakespeare (June 28, 2007)

• Arts enrich the Springs culturally, economically (June 20, 2007)
  http://www.gazette.com/articles/enrich-23887-arts-culturally.html
o Preview of study regarding economic impact of arts, released by COPPeR

The story of Charitable Ventures Partners, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and where their money is going (COPPeR)
  Profiting from nonprofits (October 5, 2006)

Michael Zahler, leadership arts, specifically work for the board of COPPeR
  The Art of Board Leadership (April 31, 2006)

 

COPPeR News by Program

Sounds of the Pikes Peak Region

The Showcase at Studio Bee kicks off its second season on Thursday night with a who-woulda-thunkit coupling of Americana artists The Mitguards and funk-rock party boys Low Down High.
  Second Studio Bee Showcase series kicks off with Americana (September 16, 2009)

The story of Lindsay Weidmann, who got her start with “Sounds of the Pikes Peak Region,” a CD assembled by COPPeR, and is now opening for Grammy award winner Boz Scaggs at the Pikes Peak Center. Also discusses the Sounds of Pikes Peak Concert Series in Studio Bee and interview with Executive Director Bettina Swigger.
  Regional CD, Studio Bee lead band to big stage (May 8, 2009)

Introduction to the Showcase at Studio Bee (sponsored by COPPeR) and features on each performer
  Showcase lines up artistic acts (March 19, 2009)

Extremely positive review of “Sounds of the Pikes Peak Region” by Bill Reed.
  Compilation features local music worthy of pride (October 16, 2008)

 

Dream City

As the organizers of Dream City: Vision 2020 plan for a massive community summit on July 18 at Coronado High School, they’re looking for inspirational ideas to move the city forward.
  Ten Lessons We Can Learn from Other Cities (July 5, 2009)

Launch of Dream City, sponsored by COPPeR
  DREAM A LITTLE DREAM, Colorado Springs (March 8, 2009)

Review of “Dream City 2020: Through the Eyes of the Artist – Past, Present and Future” and interview with Executive Director Bettina Swigger and other artists regarding the role of the arts in the community.
  A wide-angle view of art (December 5, 2008)

 

Poet Laureate

Review of the Poetry While You Wait Program.
  Poetry slams downtown walls (April 10, 2009)

Call for submission of poetry for “Poetry while you Wait,” a project of the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project.
  Poets of all ages: Submit your work (February 9, 2009)

Story and interview of poet laureate and list of events relating to the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project.
  Poet has all the zeal of a preacher (April 7, 2008)

Story about poet laureate in Colorado Springs, sponsored by COPPeR
  Springs area gets its first poet laureate (April 2, 2008)

Discussion of ways to make poetry more accessible and introduction to Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project.
  The reason for rhyme: Proponents say the time is right for a poet laureate to … um, do what, exactly? (February14, 2008)

 

Peakradar

Happy Birthday to peakradar and announcement of fundraising campaign
  Will beg for art (June 10, 2009)

Announcement of the launch of peakradar.com and brief overview of the website
  Don’t let arts events fly under your radar (July 21, 2007)