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Ignite II focuses on arts, culture

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Most likely, you would have trouble remembering what you were doing on April 30, which was not exactly a newsworthy Tuesday. That is, unless you were among the 300 or so people who ventured to Berger Hall at UCCS that evening for the Colorado Springs debut of an event called Ignite, co-sponsored by UCCS, the… Continue Reading Ignite II focuses on arts, culture

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Mayor Steve Bach spent 15 fast-paced minutes expounding on his favorite recent priorities, City for Champions and stormwater, in his keynote speech Wednesday morning at the Downtown Partnership’s 16th annual Breakfast with the Mayor. Addressing a record crowd for the event of about 400 at the Antlers Hilton, Bach implored the audience to embrace the… Continue Reading Downtown Partnership honors innovators; Bach pushes familiar themes

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Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Ron Brasch remembers reading a newspaper article about 15 years ago, shortly after he had moved to Colorado Springs. The article was anything but flattering about our city and its appeal to outsiders who might consider moving here. In particular, the piece sent a critically negative message about the local arts scene and its shortcomings,… Continue Reading Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Nonprofit can restore flood-damaged photos

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Nonprofit can restore flood-damaged photos

As flood waters recede and clean-up efforts begin, a Denver nonprofit organization wants to educate the public to not throw away photographs, even if they appear ruined. Wet and dirty photos and videos can often be salvaged, and member companies and organizations of The Memory Preservation Coalition opened Memory Rescue Centers across the Front Range… Continue Reading Nonprofit can restore flood-damaged photos

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Colorado offering grants for digital theater conversions

The state is offering grants for rural movie theaters that need help converting to new digital equipment required by the film industry. The grants range from $10,000 to $30,000 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, the Denver Film Society, Downtown Colorado Inc., the Gates Foundation… Continue Reading Colorado offering grants for digital theater conversions

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UCCS arts center plans emerging

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UCCS arts center plans emerging

Plans are taking shape for the $58 million UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Center, with roughly a quarter of the funding already raised, design scheduled to be done in early 2014 and the project on track to begin construction in 2015, according to university officials. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said that nearly $15 million —… Continue Reading UCCS arts center plans emerging

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FAC’s Gappmayer connects sectors

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FAC’s Gappmayer connects sectors

Nearly 100 years ago, the Broadmoor Art Academy was founded. It later became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, cornerstone of the arts culture and education in the Pikes Peak region. Sam Gappmayer was hired as CEO of the Fine Arts Center in 2008 and inherited the charge to maintain the organization’s esteemed reputation, something… Continue Reading FAC’s Gappmayer connects sectors

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Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

Experts around the country argue that arts and culture have the power to transform blighted areas into vibrant ones and drive economic development — a philosophy that downtown Colorado Springs leaders take to heart. As part of a dramatic restructuring at the Downtown Partnership, a staffed downtown advocacy organization, Lara Garritano has been named the… Continue Reading Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

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Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

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Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

In 1935, the Gazette proudly noted that Colorado Springs artist Frank Mechau had been commissioned to paint two murals for the downtown post office. Two years later they were installed, and there they remained until removed, probably in 1962 when the building was remodeled. No contemporary newspaper accounts document the removal of the murals. It… Continue Reading Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

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ColoradoCreates seeks arts grant applications

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ColoradoCreates seeks arts grant applications

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is accepting applications for grants for nonprofit cultural organizations and arts groups. Given from the OEDIT’s, Creative Industries division, the ColoradoCreates grants provide financial support to produce arts and cultural activities throughout the state. Grant applicants must be nonprofit groups, department of Colorado public colleges or… Continue Reading ColoradoCreates seeks arts grant applications

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