This October, we’re celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month in Colorado Springs. Right at the intersection of business and creativity, Colorado Springs is home to more than 50 pieces of permanent public art, a roster of esteemed cultural institutions and a jam-packed schedule of artsy events and festivals. With these opportunities, it’s no surprise that downtown Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are known for a vibrant arts and cultural scene.
How to enjoy National Arts and Humanities Month in Colorado Springs
Luckily for Colorado Springs’ residents and visitors, there are plenty of ways to soak in the scene throughout arts and humanities month. Organizations like Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Pikes Peak Center come to life daily with shows and exhibits by local and national artists.
Additionally, the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is celebrating 100 years of instilling a rich cultural history in the Pikes Peak region. The Broadmoor Art Academy presents another local opportunity to immerse yourself in different elements like Western Art, sculptures, wildlife art, and more. If you’re looking for hands-on education, the Cottonwood Center for the Arts provides quality art instruction, space for artists to exhibit and sell their work, and an environment for a thriving arts community.
Not only does Colorado Springs’ art community provide opportunities for residents and visitors to get involved, but it also plays a key role in our strong economy. In fact, the number of jobs in the creative industry is six times that of the national average, making Colorado Springs appealing for those looking for work in the arts, according to Livability. In total, there are 450 arts and cultural groups in Colorado Springs that locals can enjoy.
A thriving community of creatives and entrepreneurs
Across the country and the world, communities are realizing the power of the creative economy. Colorado Springs supports creative entrepreneurs and shares the tools, resources, and networks essential to building the structure to feed the business ecosystem. Our certified creative district is also home to 230 art-related businesses made up of makers, artists, architects, designers, and performers.
In addition, a short 15 minute ride away from downtown Colorado Springs is the Manitou Arts Center (MAC), dedicated to creating an environment in which artists, tinkerers, and collaborators can flourish. From co-working to makers’ space, tool library or programs for children, MAC is a hub for entrepreneurs and the entire community.
The 2019 Business + Arts Lunch
On October 10, we will celebrate Colorado Springs’ blend of business and creativity with the Business + Arts Lunch. The event will feature eclectic live performances on multiple stages, local art for sale, delicious food and drink, and multiple awards for leadership. Presented by the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Business + Arts Lunch is the perfect way to celebrate national arts and humanities month in Colorado Springs.