Tidbits from the scene:
• A heart for art: The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region announced today that it's going to get involved in the upcoming local elections by talking with the candidates in March "to share insights and information about the arts." It's also looking for volunteers to become an "arts advocate" for the community. You can download "advocacy tools" from COPPeR's website on how to do it solo, or sign up to help COPPeR with festivals, fundraising events, art openings and more.
In other COPPeR news, the Peak Arts Fund kicks off March 7.
• Mark your calendar: Aficionados Luncheon with Michael Howell, registrar and collections manager for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Howell will discuss the Colorado College Southwest Collection, which "consists of Native American objects collection through various expeditions throughout the southwest — conducted independently of, and by, Colorado College — from 1893 to 1940." Howell will also talk about key items in the collection and the relationship between the FAC and CC. A buffet lunch will be served.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, noon. Gaylord Hall in CC's Worner Student Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $17. RSVP to 389-6334 or email@example.com by Feb. 22.
• If you missed it: Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land opened at the Denver Art Museum Sunday. This series of 53 works covers O'Keeffe's interest in Hopi katsinam, or supernatural beings, along with the natural and man-made landscape she loved. Real katsinam figures and photographs of Native American ceremonies like those O'Keeffe saw are included in the show.
Through April 28. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. Included in general admission: $3-$13 for nonmembers, free for members.
• On the air: If you remember our recent cover story on blossoming local arts institutions, you may recall that Cottonwood Center for the Arts has plans to be on Roadtrip Radio once a month. Roadtrip is a local show that airs at 8 some Saturday mornings on KREL-AM 1580.
Cottonwood was last aired Jan. 27, and the next time it'll be on is Feb. 24.
In the meantime, Cottonwood is gearing up for its 30th Congressional Art Show, opening Feb. 22 (there's a reception that night starting at 5.) Read more about it here.
• Left coast-bound: The FAC announced that its first Museum Society trip outside the state will be to Los Angeles in April (we first introduced the Society in the same cover story mentioned above). The four-day itinerary includes a private tour of the Getty Villa with curator Claire Lyons, a private reception at the Weisman Art Foundation and a visit to the home of collectors Cliff and Mandy Einstein.
The trip is available only to Society members, so keep this in mind if you're thinking about joining. Contact Tom Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org for sign-up information.