Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Share your fire experience at the (free) Fine Arts Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

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Especially when a wildfire burns through western neighborhoods of your city, the bad news must come first:

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC) has announced the cancellation of its third annual "Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses" whiskey-and-beer-tasting event, originally scheduled for Friday, June 29. Today's Colorado Farm and Art Market at the FAC has also been cancelled. Among (many) other things.

Here's the good news:

The FAC is currently offering free gallery admission to everyone. Indefinitely. "We just wanted to offer a place where people can avoid the heat and avoid the smoke," a spokesperson tells the Indy. The local institution has also created a Waldo Canyon Fire Community Display space, where attendees can "pin and share images and experiences." Also hinted at in the release: a "big, end-of-the-fire community celebration."

The Fine Arts Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day except Monday. Full press release below:

Friends of the Fine Arts Center:

Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Thousands have been displaced, FAC staff members included. During this very difficult time, one thing remains certain; we have a remarkable community. The FAC is proud to be part of such a resilient community, and is committed to supporting it as best we can. Sincere thanks and gratitude to all firefighters and those supporting the effort. Take care.

FAC GALLERIES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Fine Arts Center is open for business, and we are offering free gallery admission to everyone. We invite everyone to use the FAC as a resource for staying indoors, avoiding the heat, and spending time viewing art. Also, Cafe 36 is open for lunch (11a-1:30p; 719.477.4377). The FAC is open 10a-5p; free Wi-Fi available.

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE: WALDO CANYON FIRE COMMUNITY DISPLAY
We’ve created space along the glass corridor landing for people to pin and share images and experiences from the devastating fires impacting our community. We hope this space brings strength to our community, allowing people to express and cope with their feelings during this difficult and unpredictable situation.

WHISKEY III POSTPONED

We have decided to postpone our June 29th event, Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses. We’ll keep you posted on a future date, and will make sure to invite you to the big, end-of-the-fire community celebration we’re planning. Note: The J. Miller Band is scheduled to perform tonight (Wed.) at the Hillside Gardens & Nursery.

BEMIS SCHOOL OF ART IN SESSION

The Bemis School of Art is committed to keeping students active and engaged during these difficult times. Classes are in session, and will only be canceled on a class-by-class basis. If a class is canceled, teachers will contact students directly. For more information on a class, call 719.475.2444

YOUTH REP THEATRE PROGRAMS IN SESSION
All Youth Rep programs are maintaining their regular schedule. Should a class or performance be cancelled, students will be contacted directly. For more information, call 719.477.4355.

FARMERS MARKET CANCELLED

Colorado Farm and Art Market has been cancelled today: Wednesday, June 27. Check http://www.farmandartmarket.com/ for more updates and information.

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