September Arts News from COPPeR

September Arts News from COPPeR

Get Ready for Arts Month 2015

30 Days CountdownArts Month in the Pikes Peak region is just 30 days away! Are you ready? Hundreds of cultural events and activities will be happening across our community in Theatre & Film, Visual Arts, Music & Dance, and Poetry, Prose & Comedy, plus all kinds of creative fun that doesn’t fit neatly into any category other than – Wow! This year’s challenge is to “have one new cultural experience with friends or family during the month of October.”Here’s how you can engage:

If you have any questions about Arts Month 2015, please contact Andy Vick at andy at


Kick Off Arts Month 2015 at the Artini!

artinilogo2015(A free event for those age 21 and over)
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Mansion / The Mezzanine
(20 N. Tejon St., Downtown Colorado Springs)

COPPeR is pleased to announce the performers for the 2015 Artini!

  • Miguel Dakota and the DifferentsIMG_6912 copy
  • Aerial Dreamworks
  • FAC Theatre Company
  • Opera Theatre of the Rockies
  • Stick Horses in Pants
  • Performance Poetry with Susan Peiffer
  • UCCS Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective
  • Bemis School of Art
  • Cottonwood Center for the Arts
  • Beauty Bar fingernail painting
  • Filmmaking with The Schuermann Collective
  • FX Makeup Artists from SyFy Channel’s FaceOff
  • Tejon Street Corner Thieves

We’re also excited to bring back some of the area’s top mixologists, who will be offering tastings of their very own signature martini drinks, plus a full cash bar, and food available for purchase from Seeds Community Café.

You’ll also have a chance to win great prize packages from these local partners:

  • Overnight golf package for two from the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort
  • Pair of Patron Tickets to the annual Colorado Springs Jazz Party Weekend
  • Rafting package on the Arkansas River from Echo Canyon River Rafting

A special thank to our event sponsors:  the Mansion (Sam & Kathy Guadagnoli), the Mezzanine (Linda Weise), The Petritz Foundation, Wells Fargo Advisors, and Ketel One Vodka.

For questions, please email


WOW! 60% discount off ads in The Indy

Fake AdCOPPeR has brokered a special deal with The Colorado Springs Independent to sell cooperative advertising at 60% off normal rates to Arts Month supporters! These ads will appear in weekly Arts Month spreads in The Indy over a 4 week period, beginning Sept. 30. Each spread will celebrate a theme week of Arts Month:

  • Week 1: Theatre & Film
  • Week 2: Visual Arts
  • Week 3: Music & Dance
  • Week 4: Poetry, Prose & Comedy

Rates start at just $150, and 100% of ad revenue will be reinvested in Arts Month publicity. This is an incredible way to advertise to The Indy’s readership AND support the success of Arts Month. Click here for full details.

LAST CHANCE: Ads are selling quickly. Reserve your space by Friday, Sept. 4 by contacting Angela at angela at


Tickets are going fast for the 8th Annual Business & Arts Lunch on October 9

B&A Lunch Social Media Square ImageWe’re on our way to selling out the Business & Arts Lunch for this year! Do you have your seat yet? This is one of the most colorful professional events of the year, featuring live performances and visual art in a fast-paced program that celebrates three local award winners working at the intersection of business & creativity.

A special thanks to our co-host, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. We’ll hope to see you the Lunch!


2015-2016 Peak Radar Pages now available online

Today, COPPeR and The Colorado Springs Business Journal release the digital edition of the 2015-2016 Peak Radar Pages, the most comprehensive directory to arts and cultural groups ever produced, featuring 400 listings! Print editions will be available mid-September.

COPPeR produces this guide each year and distributes 5,000 free copies to help residents & tourists connect with the arts in El Paso & Teller counties. New this year, our partnership with CSBJ means that an additional 2,000 copies will be distributed as an insert to their readership.




Applause, please …

Each month, COPPeR shares exciting stories of success and impact from across the creative community of the Pikes Peak region on our Facebook Page. Here are just a few inspiring stories from the past month:

  • Local photographer Kathleen McFadden celebrated her birthday by debuting a new website for her gallery. (8/3)
  • Local artist Deb Komitor is featured in a 2-page article in the September issue of Southwest Art Magazine. (8/11)
  • Outdoor community pianos are coming to 3 local sites, including COPPeR’s Office & Arts Info Space, in a new public art project produced by The Mural Project of Colorado Springs. (8/13)
  • Nine finalists were announced for this year’s Business & Arts Awards, to be presented at the Lunch on Oct. 9. (8/13)
  • Natalie Johnson of Manitou Art Center was chosen to be a speaker at TEDx Colorado Springs! (8/15)
  • The Young Champion Ambassadors learned about the arts community and signed-on to help promote Arts Month during ahalf-day session at The Colorado Springs Conservatory, lead by COPPeR’s executive director, Andy Vick. (8/15)
  • listed the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center as one of 13 Art Trips You Need to Take, worldwide. (8/16)
  • COPPeR connected new military families at Fort Carson to the arts at Destination Fort Carson on Aug. 19. (8/19)
  • The CSBJ explored the growing momentum of Downtown’s art scene. (8/20)
  • Our local tourism industry is seeing the best turnout in years from out of town visitors. (8/23)
  • The vibrant murals of artist Kim Polomka throughout downtown Colorado Springs were highlighted in a feature story. (8/23)
  • Congratulations to Felicia Kelly of Cottonwood Center for the Arts on being named Young Professional of the Year by the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce at the Accolades luncheon. (8/27)
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Thank you. We are listening.

Over the summer, COPPeR received input from over 700 community members as part of our strategic planning process. People from across El Paso and Teller counties attended focus groups and arts partner meetings, completed an online survey, or spoke to us personally. Thank you for your passionate, insightful, and encouraging input into the future of COPPeR and the creative sector of the Pikes Peak region. We are listening.

The COPPeR Board of Directors is continuing working with our local consultant to review and synthesize your input, in order to develop a formal 5-year strategic plan that will guide our work going forward. We hope that our new strategic plan will be officially released to the general public during Arts Month this October.




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