We educate and advocate for our local artists and arts organizations in a variety of ways: professional development workshops, training about national best practices, research on the economic impact of the area’s cultural sector, and relationships with elected officials and civic leaders. We know that a strong, well-informed, and unified voice will help to ensure a healthy creative community.
- Professional Development – In October of 2014, the Cultural Office hosted its first AIR:Shift™ Workshop for area creatives and others interested in learning more about the importance of arts and culture in our community. A second workshop took place over the weekend of January 22-24, 2016.
- Best Practice Trainings – The Cultural Office staff and board work to present workshops to arts organizations and artists in meaningful topic areas such as marketing, intellectual property law, audience development, governance and other best practices.
- Economic Impact Studies – In June 2012, the Cultural Office released the results of a national research study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 4 – the Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and their Audiences in the Pikes Peak region. This two-year study, a follow-up to the 2007 study by the same name, was conducted in partnership with Americans for the Arts and the National Arts and Business Council. The report has become a primary tool in our advocacy work to educate civic and business leaders about the important role the arts play in the larger economic life of the region. The next study (AEP5) is currently underway, and data collection will continue throughout 2016. The results of the study will be shared with the community in late spring of 2017.
- Innovation Acceleration – Innovation Acceleration is a program that leverages the power of the arts to help local businesses and area organizations tap into their creative genius, and to develop a culture of sustainable innovation.
- Informational Presentations – Cultural Office staff members make informational presentations throughout the year for community organizations like the Regional Leaders Forum, Leadership Pikes Peak, the Colorado Springs Rotary Club, the Pikes Peak Club, and the Regional Business Alliance. If your organization would like to arrange for a presentation, please email andy@CulturalOffice.org.
- Arts Advocates – In May 2013, the Cultural Office launched the Arts Advocates program, a group of volunteers from diverse corners of the community who are trained in talking points about arts and culture. Arts Advocates advance our outreach ability at local festivals and events, and speak up for the arts on community committees. If you’d like to become an Arts Advocate, please email angela@CulturalOffice.org.
- Collaborations with Local Municipalities – The Cultural Office works with area municipalities throughout El Paso and Teller Counties to educate elected leaders about the importance of a robust creative sector relative to the region’s growth and economic vitality. Cultural Office staff also work to support area municipalities that are involved in Colorado Creative Industries’ Creative District program, encourage cultural collaboration across the region, and serve as the primary resource for elected officials about cultural life in the Pikes Peak region.