Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First Friday shuttle bus to boost access to arts events for free

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

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The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) has announced that it will be trying out a free shuttle bus to help people move from hot-spot to hot-spot during first Friday art walks.

The shuttle, which will run July through October, is an effort to make it easier for art fans to get from the many downtown galleries to the Fine Arts Center, the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, the Depot Arts District under the Colorado Avenue bridge, and to Old Colorado City. COPPeR executive director Andy Vick also wants to pull in tourists and residents of southern Colorado Springs, so the shuttle will also have stops at the Broadmoor and the DoubleTree Hotel. The Antlers Hotel will serve as the shuttle's central downtown stop.

Here's the schedule:
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COPPeR has teamed up with the Pikes Peak Lodging Association and the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote the shuttle service, at the participating hotels as well as others around town. Vick says that COPPeR appropriated all funds for this service from the money they get through the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, meaning it's paid for by vacationer dollars. That money will also go to hire local artists to act as tour guides and chaperones, handing out information about the night's events.

COPPeR has also launched a new Peak Radar page, linked here, which will list collected first Friday events to make navigating the city's arts events easier.

If the shuttle route is successful, Vick says he hopes to do it more permanently, and he's said he hopes to add stops and/or a circuit bringing in patrons from north of downtown. Download a full map and schedule for the shuttle below.

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