Come October, folks might inadvertently stumble upon the arts when they're out and about in Colorado Springs.

To celebrate Arts Month, a nationwide event, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Pikes Peak Arts Council have created ArtPOP 2017, a curated collection of 20 free, family-friendly pop-up arts events throughout the city.

"Every month is arts month, and every day is arts day," said PPAC executive director Kate Perdoni, "but it's nice to have a chunk of a season to shine the spotlight on the arts in the community."

All disciplines will be represented, including literature, music, sculpting, photography, theater and dance, and will feature 70 artists popping up in six ZIP codes. Each event is a one-time deal and will last from one to three hours. A list of the pop-ups can be found online at

In Heather Oelklaus' "Ancient Chatroom" set at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, two antique typewriters will be stationed 20 feet apart and connected by a long fabric loop. Visitors can type on the piece and spawn a long scroll of found poetry.

Ormao Dance Company's "In the Zone" will perform in the Manitou Springs construction project, incorporating workers' uniforms, equipment and machinery. A construction worker or three might even participate.

"Relax Into Awareness" by De Lane Bredvik will take place at the artist's barn in Divide, where an exterior installation will help inspire mindfulness and serve as a space for meditation.

"Not only does it (ArtPOP) support local artists, but it engages them directly in Arts Month," said Andy Vick, executive director of COPPeR. "It helps us take Arts Month out of traditional settings and take it out into the community so more people can see, feel and touch Arts Month."

The popular Artini will kick off the month-long celebration Sept. 29 at the Mansion and The Mezzanine nightclubs downtown. About 1,000 people attended the free, over 21 event last year. This year's celebration will include music by the rock band Vehicle, aerialists, fire dancers, acrobats, actors from Springs Ensemble Theatre, performers from Opera Theatre of the Rockies, performance poetry by Phil Ginsberg, a signature martini and more.

Other Arts Month events are the Oct. 6 Business and Arts Lunch by COPPeR and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC, and the Oct. 17 PPAC Awards honoring the region's best performances and exhibits.

The October Arts Month initiative was started in 1993 by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that works to advance the arts in the U.S.COPPeR got the city on the artsy bandwagon in 2014 and has since helped populate the fall month with opportunities for people to get immersed in arts and culture around the city.

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