State of the local arts 

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Some people spend every weekend at the theater and some can't sit through a play. Some go out every First Friday while some have never visited a gallery. But however you choose to participate, or not, you can't deny there's a lot going on.

click to enlarge Suzanne Kemp
  • Suzanne Kemp

Suzanne Kemp of the west side is a retired teacher.

Do you visit art galleries? I like to do the Friday art walks in Old Colorado City. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is a favorite of mine, and there are some downtown I really like. Boulder Street Gallery is nice.

Do you ever watch live theater? I don't very often, but I did go to 9 to 5 at the Fine Arts Center with some friends. It was a lot of fun and really well done. Then I've been to some, I guess it counts as theater, at the Pikes Peak Center. I went to see Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

How important are the arts to a growing city? Very important. I just feel like it makes the city more well-rounded and diverse. It's not all about sports, nice bars and restaurants.

click to enlarge Caleb Clark
  • Caleb Clark

Caleb Clark of the east side is a digital media marketing intern.

Are you an artist yourself? I am. I own my own clothing brand, Cones Co., and I'm a digital artist — photo manipulation and stuff like that.

Do you visit any art galleries? I would if I knew of any that were more progressive or doing something other than Colorado landscapes. I don't have anything against it, they can be beautiful, but it gets old after a while. The only thing more boring than a Colorado landscape is a Kansas landscape.

How important is a thriving arts community to the future of our city? Super important. Because, you know, art is a huge influence. Art can cover a lot of issues, local and political issues. But if we keep doing the same thing nothing's going to change.

click to enlarge Chloe Trujillo
  • Chloe Trujillo

Chloe Trujillo of central Colorado Springs works at PPCC's downtown gallery

Are you an artist?,/b> I am! I mostly work with paints and acrylic, but I only got exposed to that in college. I had no previous experience. It happens a lot to PPCC students because the campus is so artsy, so a lot of people get sucked into that arts major — especially if they go in undecided.

When you hear about an arts-oriented event, what makes you decide to attend? I hate to say this. I am so ashamed to say this. Free food. And, you know, live music. It just adds to the atmosphere.

What do you want to see from our arts community? Or what are you tired of seeing? I'm not tired of seeing art at all. I'd like to see more of it. What I'd really like to see is initiative from the public to bring art into the community. Downtown could use even more, but there are other shopping districts around Colorado Springs that don't have anything, just flashy buildings and parking lots.


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