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Museum organizers should be going all-local

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Colorado Springs architects get no respect. It must be galling to be shut out, to see the most nationally significant regional architectural commission since the Air Force Academy go to an out-of-town firm. Earlier this week, we learned that the U.S. Olympic Museum organizers had chosen Colorado Springs-based contractor GE Johnson Construction… Continue Reading Museum organizers should be going all-local

Dahlin tapped for top FAC post

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Dahlin tapped for top FAC post

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Board of Trustees announced today the hire of David A. Dahlin as the new president and CEO. After a comprehensive national search, Dahlin emerged as the stand-out candidate, possessing the skills, talents and qualifications to lead the organization into a successful future, according to a news release sent Tuesday… Continue Reading Dahlin tapped for top FAC post

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Six months ago, Nechie Hall understood the challenge she was accepting. She had been involved with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center since the 1990s, and she had been committed to making this city a better place for more than four decades. After a successful career as a local advertising/marketing executive, then enduring the unexpected… Continue Reading Hall puts FAC in better position for future

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Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

What would Colorado Springs look like without El Pomar Foundation? Cross Walsenburg with Monument, and that would be us. Without El Pomar and the Penrose family, much that we take for granted in today’s vibrant city wouldn’t exist. Colorado College, the Space Foundation, Fine Arts Center, World Arena, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Pikes Peak Center… Continue Reading Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

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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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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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Steel-cased doors lead to a series of windowless vaults, which were enlarged and updated during the FAC’s 2007 renovation/expansion. They’re big, quiet spaces, as full of treasure as King Tut’s tomb. Continue Reading Museums sit atop storehouses of local treasures

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More than 400 local business leaders came out to hear the strong mayor candidates’ views about topics that ranged from Colorado Springs’ image to economic development. The event, organized by the Middle Market Entrepreneurs, had candidates answering questions such as: “You are sitting on an airplane next to the CEO of an internationally recognized company.… Continue Reading 400 turn out to hear strong mayor candidates

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Artist Christo is giving a free public lecture at 6 p.m. tonight at the Fine Arts Center about his proposal to suspend large fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River. The project is called “Over the River.” The Bureau of Land Management must issue a permit for the project. It is accepting public comments… Continue Reading Christo ‘Over the River’ lecture tonight

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