Colorado Springs must feel like Jan Brady right now.
Pueblo! Pueblo! Pueblo!
Always getting the arts and culture awards, that Pueblo. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, grants from the Boettcher Foundation and now, the 2013 Governor's Arts Award from Colorado Creative Industries.
Yesterday, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that the Steel City and Aspen were the winners of the coveted award, which recognizes a city for "collective efforts to enhance their community and their economy through strategic use of the arts," says CCI's press release.
The release includes this quote from Pueblo City Manager Sam Azad: "In Pueblo, art is the cord that ties us to our past and links us to our future."
Why did these two cities win? "[T]he review panel commended Aspen for their unparalleled long-term commitment to the arts and Pueblo for leveraging the arts to revitalize their community."
Both will be presented their awards at the Second Annual Creative Industries Summit, happening April 12 in ... Pueblo.
Colorado Springs was nominated, at least, along with Lone Tree and Broomfield.