At the Cultural Office, we educate and advocate for our local artists and arts organizations in a variety of ways, including: professional development, 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.
- An Arts & Economic Prosperity Study is conducted every five years, in cooperation with Americans for the Arts, to measure the economic impact of arts & culture here in the Pikes Peak community. The impressive study results are used to help educate elected officials, business leaders and other community stakeholders about the power and importance of the arts & cultural sector as an economic engine.
- Cultural Office staff members make informational presentations throughout the year for community organizations like the Regional Leadership Forum, Leadership Pikes Peak, Funder’s Forum, Colorado Springs Rotary Club, Pikes Peak Club, and the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. If your organization would like to arrange for a presentation, please email andy@CulturalOffice.org.
- 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.
- 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 sectors, and serve as the primary resource for elected officials about cultural life in the Pikes Peak region.
- The Cultural Office staff and board periodically present workshops to arts organizations and artists around meaningful topic areas such as marketing, intellectual property law, audience development, governance and other best practices.
- 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. Subsequent workshops took place over the weekends of January 22-24, 2016 and February 3-5, 2017. Currently, there are no plans for additional workshops.