Arts Month Guide

1. Attend the 2019 Artini Friday, September 27 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | The Mining Exchange Hotel The Artini is the Arts Month Kickoff Party - a free, community celebration with live entertainment on multiple stages,…

1. Attend the 2019 Artini

Friday, September 27 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | The Mining Exchange Hotel

The Artini is the Arts Month Kickoff Party – a free, community celebration with live entertainment on multiple stages, lots of mixing & mingling, and the opportunity to sample signature martinis created by some of the area’s top mixologists. Art + Martini = Artini!


2. Join the fun at the Bliss Studio Iron Pour

Saturday, September 28 | 2-10 p.m. | Monument

Carve tile molds and have them cast in iron at the big iron pour event! Those who would like to participate by carving a tile prior to the iron pour event may do so at one of the instructional workshops. Workshops are every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. leading up to the event on September 28.


3. Be present when Arts Month Proclamations are read

mid-September to mid-October

Each year, the Cultural Office’s executive director, Andy Vick, “hits the road” to advocate in support of our regional arts community, and to obtain Arts Month Proclamations from our two counties, and six of our local municipalities.


4. Check out these 20 ArtPOP performances

Throughout October

ArtPOP is a series of 20 artist-driven pop-up performances, exhibitions and creative experiences in various locations across the region in celebration of Arts Month during the month of October. ArtPOP is curated each year by the Pikes Peak Arts Council, with funding from the Cultural Office and Gazette Charities.


5. Attend the Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project Dedication

October 1 | 4:00 p.m. | Just off of Cimarron St., east of I-25

Come to the dedication of the 2019 Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project and celebrate the unveiling of “PRISTINE” — a new temporary public art installation for Arts Month, constructed with giant metal frame letters and that have been filled with trash collected from our waterways and public lands during Creek Week.


6. Ride the free First Friday Shuttle Bus

October 4 | 5-8 p.m. | Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs

Enjoy the First Friday Art Walks in three local arts districts–all connected by free Shuttle Bus service. Park near any shuttle bus stop location, then hop on, hop off throughout the evening!


7. Get ready to publish at Pikes Peak Zine Fest

October 5 | 1-5 p.m. | Penrose Library

Pikes Peak Zine Fest is Colorado Springs’ new DIY publishing event! This is an event for attendees and anyone interested in zines, DIY publishing, art, poetry, illustration, photography, and many other art forms.


8. Buy a ticket to the 2019 Business & Arts Lunch

October 10 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Antlers Hotel

The annual Business & Arts Lunch is always one of the most colorful professional events of the year, featuring live performances on multiple stages, local art for sale, delicious food and drink, and a celebration of the intersections of business and creativity.


9. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

October 12 | Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Closing on the first century from their beginnings as the Broadmoor Art Academy in 1919, the yearlong 100th anniversary celebration will honor the rich cultural history of the region and the people and events that brought us to today. Join us for a free open House as we celebrate 100 years of excellence in the arts. Enjoy hands on art activities, artist demonstrations, gallery tours, theater performances* and more! (*performance tickets are extra)


10. Read, write, perform, and hear great poetry at the
Poetry 719 “We Do Stuff” Festival

October 16-20 | Various Locations throughout Colorado Springs

The Poetry719 Festival was started in 2018 as a way to recognize poetry and artists in the community. It is a multi-day event across Colorado Springs that showcases the amazing talent this city has to offer. It is a jam-packed week of various poetry-related events.


11. Honor local history at the
Dedication of the Fannie Mae Duncan Sculpture

October 26 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

A committee of local community members has been working for several years to celebrate the life and work of local legend, Fannie Mae Duncan. The dedication of the bronze sculpture, created by artist Lori Kiplinger Pandy, will be followed by a free music festival for the public that will be held in Studio Bee in the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts.


12. Enter our Arts Month Contest
to WIN an Experience Painting with an Orangutan

Throughout October | Facebook

The Cultural Office has teamed up with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to offer “one new cultural experience” you’ll never forget: painting with an orangutan! Enter for your chance to win!


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