Award‐Winning Theatre, Exhibitions and Art School Offerings
Slated for the FAC’s 2016‐2017 Season
COLORADO SPRINGS (May 6, 2016) — The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC) has announced the
line‐up for the 2016‐2017 season which starts Sept. 1 and will include world‐renowned artists such as
James Surls, life‐changing workshops like the Military Artistic Healing program, and award‐winning
theatre productions such as Shrek The Musical.
The FAC has experienced tremendous success in previous seasons. The 2015‐2016 theatre season,
coming to a close in June, will be the most attended season in FAC history. And recently named Best
Museum, Best Theatre Company, and Best Summer Arts Camp in Colorado Springs, momentum is far
from slowing at the FAC. Continuing with this upward trend, the 2016‐2017 season programming
schedule is an impressive line‐up that will delight every person who walks through the FAC doors.
James Surls and Charmaine Locke: All I Ever Wanted (Oct. 15, 2016‐Jan. 15, 2017)
Claudia Mastrobuono and Jodi Stevens: Limen (Jan. 28‐May 7, 2017)
Concurrent exhibitions ‐ Larry Hulst: Front Row Center; Mary Chenoweth Works on Paper; and
Don Coen: The Migrant Series (Feb. 18‐May 21, 2017)
From Rembrandt to Warhol: Selections from the Mower Collection (June 24‐Sept. 17, 2017)
Wendy Mike and Delane Bredvik: Ragnarӧk (July/Aug. 2017‐Jan. 2018)
2016‐2017 Mainstage Theatre Season
Shear Madness by Paul Portner; Colorado Premiere! Sept. 22 – Oct. 16, 2016
Shrek The Musical Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay‐Abaire Dec. 1, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Enchanted April by Matthew Barber, from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim Feb. 9 – 26, 2017
Bye Bye Birdie Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams March 30 – April 23, 2017
Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion May 25 – June 18, 2017
2016‐2017 Second Stage Theatre Season
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Glore Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2016
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind by Greg Allen Oct. 21 – Nov. 19 2016
WYNOT Radio Theatre in The Other Coast Caper by Cory Moosman Jan. 13 – 29, 2017
Junie B. Jones: The Musical Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler, Music by Zina Goldrich Feb. 24 – March 26, 2017
Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins by Stephen Temperley April 28 – May 21, 2017
FAC’S BEMIS SCHOOL OF ART PROGRAMMING
The partnership with PPLD’s Library 21C will continue throughout 2016‐2017
The award‐winning Military Artistic Healing program will continue throughout 2016‐2017
Award‐winning documentary film maker, Tom Shepard, will return to teach two documentary
workshops Summer 2017. Tom Shepard has produced and directed four award‐winning feature
documentaries that have broadcast nationally on PBS. His films have won top awards at the
Sundance Film Festival and have screened at hundreds of film festivals, theatres and universities
around the world.
Molly Lord, acknowledged as an elite teacher and visionary, will be back for another Tuned‐In
Workshop Fall 2016 – discover the secret formula to your toughest and best life questions
Continued to offer hundreds of enriching classes year‐round to all ages and skill levels
Fine Arts Center
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s (FAC) story began in 1919 as the Broadmoor Art Academy (BAA). After the Great
Depression hit in 1929, the BAA looked at diversifying further, expanding into an entire arts district under one roof. And that’s
how the FAC came to be, as it is known today. The name was changed to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and an
expansive building was created to house a multi‐disciplinary center for the arts. The FAC, a privately‐funded, nonprofit
organization, opened the doors on the exciting architectural treasure in 1936 as an art museum, professional theatre company,
and arts education center. The FAC building is considered an architectural landmark in the Rocky Mountain region, designed by
John Gaw Meem, and is listed on the National Register for Historical Places. For information, visit csfineartscenter.org.
Statement from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado CollegeI received a call later from executive director of advancement Erin Hannan, directing me to the statement and confirming that there are no further details at this time.
January 21, 2016
The president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, David Dahlin, and the president of Colorado College, Jill Tiefenthaler, announced on Thursday, January 21 that the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College have entered into substantive conversations about the possibility of forging a future together. The organizations began discussing the potential synergies after being approached by members of the community who are longtime supporters of arts and culture. The two institutions share a long history and have collaborated in both formal and informal ways since the founding of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1919.
The boards and senior leadership of both institutions are involved in a process of determining if, by joining forces, both institutions would better be able to fulfill their respective missions. Leaders of both institutions are optimistic about the potential, and are approaching these discussions diligently and thoughtfully. At this time, no official decisions have been made other than to continue these conversations and explore the possibilities.
Further information will be provided as it is available.
Second Sundays are Now Free Days at the Arts Center
Businesses and Individuals Support the Arts Through Partnership in 2016
The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Buell Children’s Museum offer an unforgettable experience for those who visit, and now every second Sunday of the month during 2016 is free. “Community access is a priority for the Arts Center, and we try very hard to be inclusive,” says Executive Director Jim Richerson. “These opportunities would not be possible without leaders in the community like Carolyn Jackson, daughter of Bob Jackson, who has sponsored Sunday, January 10, 2016 and Parkview Medical Center who has sponsored Sunday, June 12, 2016. Together, we are strengthening and elevating our community. The Arts Center is grateful for all the donors, members, and supporters who make the sharing of our permanent collections, exhibitions, and programs available to visitors from around the world.”
Free days during 2016 are January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11. Sunday hours of operation for the Buell Children’s Museum and Helen T. White Galleries are from 11 am - 5 pm. Sponsorship opportunities for these special days are still available. If an individual or business is interested in providing community access to the Arts Center through sponsorship of a day, please call (719) 295-7200 ext. 7235.
After carefully considering the input and guidance from the COPPeR Board of Directors, our elected officials, the members of the project committee, and other community stakeholders, a decision has been made to table the Light the Drake initiative at this time. The project still has many community development benefits, and may be revisited at a more opportune time in the future. All further inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retiring one dirty coal-burning plant will prevent:That said, it's not surprising to find controversy boiling over artist and Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region executive director Andy Vick's idea to Light the Drake, despite City Council's enthusiasm.
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If they wanted to put on a skull and crossbones or numbers showing the nitrogen oxides put into our air, OK. But not masking it as something beautiful we should glorify.And Weise as saying:
To consider beautifying the Drake plant with pretty lights while it still burns coal would be an embarrassing symbol associated with our city ... What makes this proposed project even more offensive is to consider lighting Drake as a backdrop for the Olympics (Museum), which upon last check remains an international symbol for good health and personal excellence.
I respect their opinion, but our job at COPPeR is to work to elevate the arts in our community and help to use the assets and resources available to us to make a statement about art. I'm just not interested in making a political issue about it.In the KOAA piece I link to above, inspiration is credited to a "similar lighting project used on an old steel mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania," with Vick saying:
Instead of fighting what was there, they decided to embrace it and use art as a way to engage the community and it added some kind of excitement, and wow factor if you will to those structure and we're hoping to do the exact same thing here with the Drake Power Plant.
What the Gazette's original article neglected to mention, is that similar projects in other towns beautified power plants that were ALREADY decommissioned. If the art project could coincide with decommissioning Drake and was an intermediate stage between Drake the Superfund Site, and Drake the Community Center — I would be all for it.From the sidelines, it's easy to see how Vick comes across as tone deaf in the above media exchanges and with his idea, though his heart for public beautification seems to be in the right place.
Regardless of future usage of the Drake, the stacks will be part of our built landscape Downtown for many years. COPPeR is leading the charge to use dynamic, state of the art lighting to make the stacks an attractive backdrop for economic development in Downtown and an enticement for travelers on I-25. We are working with a committee of local stakeholders to make this project a positive example of how creativity can brighten the future for our city.Though Vick may not be interested in "making a political issue about it," it comes across as naive to think he would be able to avoid doing so.
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