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We have great weather, beautiful scenery and a decent economy, but many would argue that the arts scene is the soul of Colorado Springs.

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Amanda Jeter
Olympic Training Center area

Grad student
What's the best arts event you've attended in Colorado Springs? The Success of the Springs, a dance concert staged by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre at the Fine Arts Center. It highlighted a lot of local dance talent.

What was your best-ever, anywhere? The International Art Festival in Taos. It involves artists from over 40 countries, most of the profits go to the artists, and you get to interact with them.

A lot was made of last summer's unveiling of the Fine Arts Center expansion. Have you seen it? I worked at the FAC during the expansion. It's a wonderful extension of the original architectural design.


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Jim Killian
West side

Tech company project manager
Name the best local arts event you've attended. A play and a musical that was put on by the Youth Repertory Theatre at the Fine Arts Center.

Who's your favorite local artist/performer? A bluegrass band called Grass It Up. They're great musicians who play a lot of original stuff.

What group or event would you bring to town if you could? San Francisco has this annual event called the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival that brings huge numbers of musicians to Golden Gate Park to play for free. It would be awesome to do that here.

If you could meet any artistic great, who? I'd love to meet a bluegrass musician named Sam Bush. His music makes him seem like a fun guy to hang out with.


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Jane Vander
Tuin Old Colorado City

Elementary teacher
Which local arts venue did you last visit? The permanent collection at the Fine Arts Center. I was especially impressed with the exhibit from Mexico and Latin America.

What's the best local arts event you've been to? The Indie Spirit Film Festival this past spring. It had a very nice lineup of films. Also, the Peter Max exhibit at the FAC. I'm a fan, and it was fun.

Who's your favorite local artist? John Swayne, a guitarist and singer-songwriter I saw last Friday at the Black Rose Acoustic Society.

If you could, what event or performer would you bring to town? I'd bring Richard Thompson in for an outdoor concert at Rock Ledge Ranch.
- Bob Campbell

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