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The Pikes Peak Region is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States, and a thriving arts scene has blossomed alongside its growth. From public art to sculpture, from First Friday gallery walks to a dedicated Arts Month, there are so many ways to enjoy the arts community in the Pikes Peak Region. Whether you’re an artist looking for inspiration or an art-lover looking to discover new pieces, here’s everything you need to know about the arts scene in the Pikes Peak Region so that you can make the most out of your visit.

1. 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of Art on the Streets.

A new exhibit of public art marks the 20th anniversary of the Art on the Streets program. Since the program’s inception in 1998, the goal has been to fill downtown Colorado Springs with sculpture art to make the space beautiful and welcoming to everyone who passes through. 10 out of 17 of this year’s selections for the exhibit are made by Colorado artists, and the forms range from traditional to experimental.

People enjoying AOTS 2018 courtesy of Downtown Partnership
Art on the Streets in the Pikes Peak Region is a community event that everyone can enjoy. Photo Courtesy of Downtown Partnership

2. There’s a thriving public art scene.

Not only can you find public art in downtown Colorado Springs, but truly all around the Pikes Peak Region. From sculpture to painted murals, from building-side reliefs to mosaics, there’s so much to explore. For more information about the public art pieces, visit peakradar.com/public-art.

3. A free shuttle bus is available to help you explore First Fridays in the state-certified Creative Districts of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs as well as Old Colorado City.

The First Friday Art Walk is a special event that takes place in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and Old Colorado City in which artists open up their galleries for people to peruse on the first Friday of the month. The night’s events also feature shopping and dining, special performances and the chance to meet local artists. To make travel between destinations more convenient, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and a team of local partners offer a free shuttle service that loops around Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs. The next First Friday Art Walk will take place on August 3, 2018 between 5 p.m.-8 p.m., so jump on and off the bus any time to enjoy all that the First Friday Art Walks have to offer. If you can’t make it in August, the First Friday events also run monthly through December.

First Friday at Modbo Gallery by Steller Propeller Studio
First Friday at the Modbo Gallery. Photo Credit: Stellar Propeller Studio, courtesy of Peak Radar

4. You can take a self-guided Public Art Audio Tour around downtown Colorado Springs.

Hear the stories about Downtown public art from artists and arts advocates themselves by using your smartphone. Download the free GPS-based app, “Otocast” from Google Play or iTunes. Downtown Ventures has added more than 30 new audio clips for works that are part of the city’s permanent collection. Icons on the Public Art Map indicate works with accompanying audio clips, and the app will automatically display the featured works with audio.

5. There are more than 400 local arts and cultural groups that call the Pikes Peak Region home.

Filmmakers, visual artists, writers, and musicians have all found a home in the Pikes Peak Region. On any given night, you can attend a live music performance, visit a gallery, enjoy fine dining, or see a play put on by local actors. For more information about local arts and cultural groups, visit peakradar.com/organization.

Past AOTS Structure MMII by Timothy D. Cassidy photo by Bryan Oller
Public art previously featured in downtown Colorado Springs. Sculpture by Timothy D. Cassidy. Photo Credit: Bryan Oller, courtesy of Peak Radar

6. October is Arts Month.

Looking forward to the fall, the Pikes Peak Region celebrates Arts Month in an effort to encourage everyone to enjoy one new cultural experience with friends and family during the celebration. Peak Radar curates the definitive calendar for all arts and culture community events in the Pikes Peak Region, so be sure to check regularly for ideas and things to do during Arts Month and beyond. Visit peakradar.com/ArtsMonth for more information.

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