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Celebrate Arts Month this October

By: Courtesy of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
October 5, 2016 Updated: October 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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Pottery works by Mark Wong, courtesy photo

This October, the Pikes Peak region is celebrating Arts Month, an annual initiative to raise awareness for the quality, diversity and value of the arts in our community.


Building on the popularity of National Arts & Humanities Month, the local initiative is orchestrated by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and is open to participation by all area artists and arts organizations. COPPeR is a nonprofit organization whose mission is connecting residents and visitors with arts and culture to enrich our communities.


The official call to action during Arts Month is to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month.


“Arts Month is an opportunity for us to highlight the arts in the local media, to encourage broad-based participation in the arts, to provide an opportunity for local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts, and to generally raise public awareness about the essential role of arts & culture in our community,” said Andy Vick, executive director of COPPeR.


This Arts Month, COPPeR has taken a themed approach to marketing events, with a focus on different artistic genres during each of the four weeks in October. The themes for each of the four weeks align with several of the category headers on peakradar.com: week one will highlight visual arts; week two will focus on theater and film; week three will revolve around poetry, prose and comedy; and week four will promote a variety of music and dance events and performances.


In addition to collaborating with artists, arts organizations and other community partners, COPPeR will work closely with area elected officials to recognize and promote the importance of Arts Month through formal public proclamations.


This is an exciting time for our local creative community, and Arts Month is a great opportunity to showcase the incredible arts and cultural happenings in the Pikes Peak region.


Visit peakradar.com/artsmonth for more information about the program, as well as a link to a toolkit of resources designed to help you support and promote Arts Month. To learn more about how you can engage, contact 634-2204 or info@CulturalOffice.org.

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