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The arts continue to grow in and around our city, presenting a wide spectrum from which to choose. How can we keep the momentum alive, especially in these tough economic times?

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Farrah Frye of the northeast side is a stay-at-home mom

What comes to mind when I say "the arts"? Theater, live music, museums and galleries.

What's your personal favorite spot? I like the Modbo; I like the variety, and the small, intimate setting. It feels different for a "gallery." They have live performances there, too.

Have you ever thought about becoming an artist? I studied art in school, and I'm a writer. I used to have a blog, and I'm going to start that up again. I also love photography.

What's the most important arts institution in this city? I'm originally from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. There was a lot of small, local theater. They put on great plays for the same cost as a movie ticket. ... We still try to support the arts here, but I feel for a city our size we should have more small, affordable options.

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Gary Vigen of the south side is a teacher

When you think of the arts in town, is there a segment that's missing? There are a lot of great things going on. ... But in general, it seems like we're becoming less and less aware of the importance of the arts. I think it's a reflection of society as a whole.

Do you think that will change? Yes, but only if we get more people involved in the arts, especially young people, and if parents and adults understand the importance.

What's the best cultural event you've attended lately? We try to go to the symphony when we can, and attend a lot of events as a family. I'm a visual person, but my grandkids are into music. It's good that there's still music in the schools.

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Katherine Mondragon of the east side is a small-business owner

What was the last cultural event you attended in town? A Taste of Colorado on Colorado Avenue. It was on a Sunday, and around the time of the Waldo Canyon Fire, so the attendance wasn't great.

Are there any hidden art gems that you know about in town? There's a cool little spot named Sabi on Institute [Street]. They do shows about once a month.

Is there any certain kind of art you'd like to see more of here? I love multimedia pieces, using recycled parts and components, and especially when it becomes a functional piece. Functional art is really hitting a note with people these days.

Do you appreciate the public art downtown? I love it, and the way they change it out every year. I drive past it every day on the way to work. It inspires me.


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