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Museum leaders aim high for design

Museum leaders aim high for design

When the City for Champions project first was announced more than a year ago, the proposed U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame was front and center. Headed by the formidable Dick Celeste, it seemed obvious the museum would have the largest impact of any of the four projects. Celeste envisioned an “iconic” structure that… Continue Reading Museum leaders aim high for design

County retrieves set of 1930s murals

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County retrieves set of 1930s murals

Thanks to a remarkable partnership between El Paso County and the Denver Public School System, nine 1930s murals are being installed in Centennial Hall. The murals depict familiar characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Boy Blue. They were executed by… Continue Reading County retrieves set of 1930s murals

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Leading FAC, Dahlin explores variances in the arts

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center tapped David Dahlin, 55, as its new CEO and executive director earlier this year. Three months into the job, the father of two spent time with CSBJ to discuss his transition from working at Compassion International for 19 years to the nonprofit world of arts and business. How did… Continue Reading Leading FAC, Dahlin explores variances in the arts

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Mezzanine’s NYC model works here

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Mezzanine’s NYC model works here

Since opening in June, The Mezzanine has proven a successful new concept for performing arts venues. Downtown power couple Kathy and Sam Guadagnoli joined with Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director Linda Weise to open the venue, a nonprofit designed to support the school and the local arts community. “Colorado Springs has so much to offer… Continue Reading Mezzanine’s NYC model works here

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Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

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Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

On the Westside of Colorado Springs exists a portal into the minds of others. The Chavez Gallery is a curious place filled with nostalgic glimpses into the combined psyche — memories, curiosities and ideals — of married couple Kris and Liese Chavez. Kris, primarily an enamel jewelry-maker, and Liese, a painter, opened the 500-square-foot gallery… Continue Reading Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

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Some downtown icons still stand

Do commercial buildings learn? If they want to avoid the wrecker’s ball, they’d better be like enduring businesses — carefully conceived, solidly built, well located and open to change. Just as businesses that fail to evolve fall by the wayside, so do aging buildings that can’t be profitably reimagined. Can you predict which buildings will… Continue Reading Some downtown icons still stand

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Local architects don’t get shot at C4C gems

When the concept of City for Champions was first unveiled, its promoters emphasized one thing above all in their initial fact sheet: jobs, jobs and more jobs. “(City for Champions will) provide economic job diversification rather than over-reliance on Department of Defense related jobs (and) help solve a high unemployment rate by creating more than… Continue Reading Local architects don’t get shot at C4C gems

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City celebrates Arts Month with events

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City celebrates Arts Month with events

October is National Arts and Humanities Month. In recognition, several Colorado Springs organizations aim to bring together the local creative and business communities. “Arts and Humanities Month was created in 1993. This community has never really engaged that in any way,” according to Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak… Continue Reading City celebrates Arts Month with events

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Marketing involves multidimensional approach

People make purchasing decisions based on emotion and logic. Say you want to buy a car with specific features, including a five-speed manual transmission. That’s the logical side of the decision-making — finding a car with the specific features desired. Then say you find the car with the features and fall in love with the… Continue Reading Marketing involves multidimensional approach

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Selling the  Springs: Entities join to market city below America’s Mountain

The Pikes Peak region has its own, built-in marketing strategy — America’s Mountain — but even the most relevant metros must strive to stay that way. “We capitalize on what our assets are,” said Ryan Cole, executive director of Pikes Peak Country Attractions. “Pikes Peak is one of the many great assets that we have.”… Continue Reading Selling the Springs: Entities join to market city below America’s Mountain

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