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Chuck Mardosz and Diana Love found an empty little garage on the eastern edge of downtown Colorado Springs at 109 S. Corona St. and knew it would be the home of their new business, an art gallery. Continue Reading Gallery hoping to sculpt arts district near Cottonwood

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People change jobs all the time, so you have to wonder why Bettina Swigger’s decision to leave her job as executive director of COPPeR earlier this week caused such a stir. We featured the news on our website, as did the Gazette. Facebook exploded with sadly congratulatory posts, such as these two. “We were fortunate… Continue Reading Arts sector rich in diversity, lacking in opportunities

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COPPeR rolls out cultural plan for region

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Bettina Swigger of the Cultural office of the Pikes Peak Region joined other civic, business and arts leaders at the Pioneers Museum today to release the region’s first-ever cultural plan. A detailed, 22-page document, the plan establishes a roadmap to guide artists, arts advocates, arts-related nonprofits and the greater community for the next decade in efforts… Continue Reading COPPeR rolls out cultural plan for region

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Decades ago, Colorado Springs was home to many serious artists whose work was enthusiastically supported by local collectors. The arts scene was so vibrant that for decades, from the late 1920s to the 1950s, national attention was often focused upon the city and its artists. Iconic publications such as Time and Life published extensive pieces… Continue Reading Arts scene in rebuilding mode, one showing at a time

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Stimulus money goes to Springs arts groups

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Three local arts organizations will each receive $10,000 in federal stimulus money allocated by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springs-based Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival and Theatreworks at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will be awarded grants. The money is a portion of the $568,040 being… Continue Reading Stimulus money goes to Springs arts groups

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Loo named state’s outstanding philanthropist

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Colorado Springs’ own Kathy Loo is one of nine individuals and organizations that will be honored at the 2007 National Philanthropy Day in Colorado luncheon in Denver on Friday. Selected as this year’s Outstanding Philanthropist, one of Loo’s many contributions has been her service as co-chair of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center capital campaign,… Continue Reading Loo named state’s outstanding philanthropist

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The Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra Foundation has given $500,000 to the Bee Vradenburg Foundation to disperse in support of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. CSSO Foundation Board Chair Mary Ellen McNally said transferring the money to the Bee Vradenburg Foundation was the “perfect” way to ensure responsible management and disbursement of money in future years. The… Continue Reading CSSO Foundation gives $500,000 for Philharmonic support

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The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts is seeking nominations for 21st Annual Business for the Arts Awards. Nominations are being accepted for the following categories: Philanthropy, Innovation, Workforce and Workspace. Companies can be nominated online, and the deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Nov. 12. For more information call, (303) 282-5135 or e-mail main… Continue Reading Nominations sought for business, art partnerships

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Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra Executive Director Susan Greene said today she will resign her position March 31. Tim Stack, president of the Board of Directors of the CSPO, said she’s leaving to pursue personal interests. “It did not take me by complete surprise,” he said. ”Susan has dedicated most of her waking hours for 5… Continue Reading CSPO Executive Director Susan Greene to step down

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Parkinson’s support event at the FAC

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Wine tasting, snacks, live music, and a celebrity autograph table will all be part of a Jeanne Taylor Parkinson’s Disease Support Group silent auction benefit next week. The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7th at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. Auction items include two roundtrip tickets to any… Continue Reading Parkinson’s support event at the FAC

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