Hard to believe that I’ve already been here at COPPeR for over a month! Seems like it was just yesterday that my wife Beth and I were packing up our belongings in Western Maryland for the long drive across the country to Colorado. And yet, it also seems like we’ve already been here forever. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming, and I’ve really enjoyed visiting the area’s cultural attractions and meeting so many of the talented, passionate and generous people who power this creative community.
I’m equally excited about all the good things that COPPeR is planning for the coming months; publication of the newest Peak Radar Pages and Peak Radar Guides, a new series of educational Bootcamps, a new and improved Art in Storefronts program, and plans for a big celebration of local arts and culture this coming October during national Arts & Humanities month. Please stay in step with us as we march forward together toward a community united by creativity!
– Andy Vick, Executive Director
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Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival recently won a Gold ADDY award from the American Advertising Awards in the category of ‘Advertising for the Arts – Poster’ for the promotion of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival! Their local design partner was Blakely+Company. Send an e-mail of congrats.
The Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and partner AspenPointe were awarded a Colorado Impact Award, a first for Colorado Springs. They were recognized for the Military Artistic Healing program, a 15-week multimedia art therapy class for soldiers suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Learn more here. Send an e-mail of congrats.
City for Champions “good for the creative community”
Arts leaders from across the Pikes Peak region have met several times in the past 2 months to learn more about the City for Champions projects and discuss points of connection. Though the initiative is still controversial in public discussion, we in the arts have opportunities to inform the process in ways that support cultural development and growth in cultural tourism while strengthening the relationship between our creative community and city leaders.
It was collectively decided that, as a first step, COPPeR would issue an official statement of support based on the shared benefits of increased tourism. The statement was released to the press and online on Feb. 27 and that night, COPPeR’s Executive Director Andy Vick delivered the statement personally to City Council during a public hearing at City Hall.
If you would like to be added to future discussions of these issues, we welcome your voice! E-mail us to join the process.
Career Advancement Award Grant Applications Due March 15
Each year, Colorado Creative Industries grants Career Advancement Awards to support Colorado’s creative entrepreneurs and artists by stimulating their commercial creative businesses. Awards range from $500 – $2,500 and the first of two annual deadlines is approaching on March 15. Apply and share this great opportunity with creative entrepreneurs and artists in your network! Learn more here.
SAVE THE DATE: Welcome Reception for Andy Vick + First Fridays Art Opening
Join us Friday, April 4 from 5-8 pm at COPPeR’s Office and Arts Info Space for a party that has it all! Welcome our new Executive Director, Andy Vick, experience two new art exhibition openings at both COPPeR and GOCA121, and enjoy live music by the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble. Mark your calendars, details to follow. Learn more about First Fridays Downtown here.
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