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COPPeR spreads wings with new leader

COPPeR spreads wings with new leader

“It’s hard to remember we’re still kind of a startup,” said COPPeR founding board member Susan Edmondson, now president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership. “When we make decisions now, we’re not in a panic mode.” COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, was founded seven years ago with a stated mission to… Continue Reading COPPeR spreads wings with new leader

COPPeR hires new executive director

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COPPeR hires new executive director

The Board of Directors of COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, hired Andrew (Andy) Vick as executive director. Vick will start on Feb. 1, the board announced Tuesday. Vick will move from Western Maryland, where he has served as the executive director of the Allegany Arts Council since 2003. Vick grew up… Continue Reading COPPeR hires new executive director

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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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McGrath to exit COPPeR

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McGrath to exit COPPeR

Christina McGrath, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, will be leaving the organization by the end of the year. McGrath is engaged to an Air Force officer, and plans to move with him on his next assignment after they marry in December, she said in an email announcement about the… Continue Reading McGrath to exit COPPeR

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A new fundraising campaign aims to raise money for the Colorado Springs arts community. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region announced the launch of Peak Arts Fund at Kirkpatrick Bank Tuesday morning. The fund is a full-press effort to gain awareness and support for the local arts community and to substantially increase direct… Continue Reading Peak Arts Fund pairs business, arts organizations

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COPPeR to launch new arts impact study

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The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region will be one of 70 El Paso County nonprofit arts organizations participating in a national study to measure the economic development of the arts. The research study, titled Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, will be conducted throughout 2011 and presented in July 2012. As one of the… Continue Reading COPPeR to launch new arts impact study

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Next year will bring change, challenges and even peril to the Colorado Springs arts community. Two of the community’s most dynamic leaders will leave, while one of the city’s most treasured institutions may struggle to survive. Laurence Leighton-Smith, who has conducted the Colorado Springs Philharmonic since it rose from the ashes of the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A new philharmonic conductor, a new COPPeR chief

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COPPeR appoints McGrath as executive director

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Christina McGrath has been appointed executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. McGrath, who has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years, has taken classes at both the Bemis School of Art and The Colorado Springs School, and now sits on the board of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.… Continue Reading COPPeR appoints McGrath as executive director

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COPPeR executive director taking California job

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COPPeR Executive Director Bettina Swigger has accepted a position as executive director of Festival Mozaic, a music festival in San Luis Obispo, Calif. After its inception four years ago, Swigger – a founding board member of COPPeR – was the organization’s first executive director. During Swigger’s tenure, COPPeR has grown tremendously. One of the things she launched… Continue Reading COPPeR executive director taking California job

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Begging for government help was definitely out of the question. Continue Reading COPPeR paints a blueprint for enlivening the local arts

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