Hungry for the arts? Coinciding with National Arts & Humanities Month, Arts Month in October is Colorado Springs’ annual initiative showcasing local talent aimed at increasing community engagement and creating cross-sector collaboration that advocates for the innovative art enterprises across the region.
Hosted by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Art Month initiative includes more than 65 galleries featuring local, handcrafted arts and goods to raise awareness for the diversity and value of the arts in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center brings its specific flavor of world-class art and audience-inspiring theatre performances, while museums like the Western Museum of Mining & Industry and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum educate the public on the rich industries of the settlers in the American West.
All of this culminates in an experience that prompted The New York Times to rank Colorado Springs No. 13 on its prestigious 52 Places to Visit in 2020 list. Whether you are an art connoisseur, or simply an appreciator of the arts, Colorado Springs has something to offer everyone.
An Expedition of Arts & Culture in Colorado Springs
Celebrations for Arts Month begin on October 1 with a Business + Arts Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m. Registered guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers, local arts from Manitou Springs’ David Gonzalez, and live entertainment from Curbside Culture and J&J Hip Hop Dance Company.
Visitors will then be able to explore First Friday’s Avenue Creative Circuit — a collection of exhibits and cultural events that extend from downtown Colorado Springs through Manitou Springs. First Friday on the Avenue Creative Circuit will offer free admission to select events at museums, boutiques, performance venues, restaurants, and more.
The Pikes Peak Pastel Society is holding their annual Renewal in Light and Shadow juried art show at the Academy of Art & Frame. Throughout October, the work of local Colorado artists will be on exhibition Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. An artist reception with artist booths and food trucks will also be held on October 15 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is also hosting Ronny Quevedo: at the line. This exhibition will be the premier event of Quevedo’s newly commissioned large-scale works, such as a new floor installation composed of reclaimed wood sourced from a professional basketball court. Quevedo’s architectural projects will take viewers on a poetic journey through the histories of the Americas —exploring the diasporic identities forged through immigration.
The Arts are for Everyone
The next generation of artists are a powerful force contributing to the arts community in Colorado Springs. My Black Colorado and Pens and Needles will present a Youth Art Gallery at The Gallery Below on October 1 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the visual art presentation will take place at 6 p.m., followed by a networking and DJ event at 7 p.m.
On October 2, Garden of Gods Visitors & Nature Center will present a Fall Colors Photography Workshop. Register for a session with local expert hiker and landscape photographer Bob Falcone, where he will share tips on the best places for pictures in Garden of the Gods Park, necessary equipment, and techniques for wide and closeup photos.
These and many more events in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region can be found on the Peak Radar cultural calendar.
Colorado Springs is an inclusive culture and arts hub, dedicated to bringing top tier artists and performers into the limelight. If we’ve piqued an interest, consider visiting Colorado Springs this October or contact us to learn more.