Have you noticed that particularly painterly light on the mountains lately? Or that the autumn wind smells a bit like a smoky jazz club? It could be because October is Arts Month in Colorado Springs and National Arts & Humanities Month in the U.S.!Arts Month is a campaign across El Paso and Teller counties to raise the visibility of arts and culture. Here’s how you can get involved:1. Have at least one new cultural experience with your family or friends during the month of October.2. Visit peakradar.com to find more than 125 cultural events happening during the month of October and over 4,000 events through the year.3. Text “ArtsOctober” to 76626 now to sign up for discounts to arts events.4. Snap a “selfie” of yourself enjoying a cultural experience and share it on social media with a public setting and #ArtsOctober.5. Download the Arts Month logo and other resources to share at culturaloffice.org/resources/arts-month-toolkit.At the heart of Arts Month is a spirit of adventure. This applies to you no matter how often you do “artsy” things. If you’ve never seen a classical marionette show, you’ll be astounded by the Simpich Theatre & Museum in Old Colorado City, now performing “Adventures with Tom Sawyer.” Think original local art is out of your price range? Boulder Street Gallery is celebrating Arts Month with a whole exhibition of artwork priced at $50. To help you zero in on what inspires your sense of adventure, we’ve organized the celebration into theme weeks:• Week 1 (Through Friday): Visual arts• Week 2 (Sunday-Oct. 15): Theatre and film• Week 3 (Oct. 16-22): Poetry, prose and comedy• Week 4 (Oct. 23-29): Music and danceWith more than 125 events in 30 days, you’ll find fun experiences in all genres throughout the month. I would love to hear about your arts adventures via email at angela@culturaloffice.org.Next month, we’ll begin our hyper-local exploration of arts and culture in the Cheyenne Mountain neighborhood with a visit to The Broadmoor Waltz Club. Until then, here is one event suggestion in your neighborhood to help you celebrate Arts Month: “Revolutionaries” by Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Saturday and Sunday at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Find more details at peakradar.com.

Angela Seals serves as the director of Community Partnerships for the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. She contributes this monthly column to the Cheyenne Edition and can be reached at angela@culturaloffice.org.


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