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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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A little more than 100 years ago, a bison named Black Diamond served as a model for the Buffalo nickel. Now the American Numismatic Association Money Museum will celebrate 100 years of the Buffalo nickel with a free open house from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  April 27. Black Diamond was a model for sculptor… Continue Reading Buffalo nickel turns 100 years old; celebrations at Money Museum

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Arts could boost downtown development

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Arts could boost downtown development

Fresh out of college in 1973, Maryo Gard Ewell worked with New Haven, Conn. city leaders to try to create an arts district in a sullen and deserted part of the city that fell victim to 1960s urban renewal policies that replaced historic buildings with parking lots. She was a bit ahead of her time,… Continue Reading Arts could boost downtown development

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