May Arts News from the Cultural Office

May Arts News from the Cultural Office

The new and improved has launched

Free Public Training: Wednesday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., Colorado Springs is now easier to use, full of upgrades, and beautiful on any device! If you haven’t visited lately, check it out, and spread the word far and wide that the Pikes Peak region’s cultural calendar is better than ever before! You can also take an online tour of upgrades here:

The free public training will be particularly helpful for organizations and individuals who post events frequently. You can also reference the online User Manual here:


We’ve “moved” to

Last month, we migrated our website URL and email addresses away from and moved to This change is a direct result of input from our recent strategic planning process, where we heard from many stakeholders who said that the meaning of the “COPPeR” acronym was unclear. While we have no intention of eliminating our longtime nickname, the hope is to strengthen our brand by using “Cultural Office,” a name that communicates more directly who and what we are – just in time for our 10th anniversary, this year!





Volunteers needed

2016 Arts Advocates Volunteer Training: Thursday, May 12
at 12:00 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts

Every summer, the Cultural Office’s Peak Radar Outreach Booth travels to events across our region to get people plugged in to the arts! We’re looking for this year’s team of volunteer Arts Advocates to help staff these important outreach opportunities. Volunteers are trained on running the outreach booth and on how to speak knowledgeably about our cultural community. Please email Angela Seals, Director of Community Partnerships, to learn more or sign up at!



Congratulations to Susan Peiffer, our new Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

On April 24, Susan Peiffer was inaugurated as the 5th Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, to serve from 2016-2018. Susan is a poet, educator, and performance coach, and the program director for Hear, Here! Poetry. Currently working with the Colorado Springs National Youth and Adult Poetry Slam teams, Susan looks forward to serving and connecting diverse audiences through this new honor.


Applause, please …  

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  • The Pollinate: Biennial Arts Festival delivered diverse arts experiences on the theme of “energy” at a wide variety of venues across the community in early April.
  • The Pikes Peak Library District celebrated National Library Workers Day and National Library Week during April 11-15.
  • Students at Fountain Valley School got to experience an inspiring gospel music master class with guest artist, Sam Bryant.
  • On April 18, Andy and Angela of the Cultural Office team appeared on the live radio show Latino Life, hosted by Joe Barrera, on 93.9 FM KCMJ. Tune in on Mondays from 5-6 p.m.
  • Ignite Colorado Springs returned on April 20, featuring creative local voices David Lee of Strategic Perspectives LLC and Becca Sickbert of Elope, among others in the lineup.
  • The Cultural Office announced that the 2016 Artini kickoff to Arts Month will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Mansion/The Mezzanine in Downtown Colorado Springs.

During the Pollinate: Biennial Arts Festival, William Malone, Gayle Grace, and Sara McDaniel bring WOMEN COMPOSE to WOMEN BUILD at the PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery.

The Lantern Glow: A Cultural Festival of Lights

Saturday, May 7 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Gates open 3pm, Lantern Release at 8:30 pm

Join this stunning visual celebration of community at Pikes Peak International Raceway, and be entertained with performances and activities in partnership with My 99.9 FM and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. At nightfall, you and thousands of others will release your lanterns into the sky for the finale, creating a moment you’ll never forget! Live Entertainment featuring local talent will be on the My 99.9 Stage, and emcee’d by local iHeart Radio DJ’s. Participate in Glow Games, and interactive stations exploring lantern festivals around the world and our local arts & cultural community. Some proceeds from this event will benefit the Cultural Office.

Lantern Fest May 2016

Win 2 Free Tickets! Tell us what you think of the new and be entered to win 2 free tickets to the Lantern Glow. (Must be 18 or older. Winner will be randomly chosen on May 3. Tickets will be emailed.) 


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