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Topping the plentiful arts and culture offerings downtown is the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Founded in 1919, when local philanthropists Julie and Spencer Penrose established the Broadmoor Art Academy, the nonprofit organization became the FAC in 1936 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Colorado College acquired the museum in 2016. The building is home to permanent and traveling art exhibits, a theater company, 450-seat performing arts theater, music room, gift shop and the Bemis School of Art.
Visitors' attention will first be captured by the serpent-like Dale Chihuly chandelier in the lobby, commissioned in 2005 by the FAC, which owns three chandeliers by the famed glass artist. From there, it's a only a few steps into the galleries. Check out "Raizes/Roots: Transformations in Brazilian Art," a showcase of four contemporary Brazilian artists up through Nov. 15, or large-scale sculptures and installations by Maryland artist Steven Durow from Oct. 14 through Jan. 21. The major Haitian art exhibit "Loas, History and Memory" will be up Feb. 10 through May 20.
The Deco Lounge is hopping during First Friday Art Parties, whenit acts as a gallery space that showcases and sells the work of Colorado artists. Museum admission is free every third Friday monthly.
The award-winning theater department offers up varied fare, including popular Broadway musicals such as "Annie," which runs Dec. 7 through Jan. 7, and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" from May 24 through June 17. Plays from the upcoming season include "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" from Oct. 5-29.
Stand-up comedians also make regular appearances at the FAC. Tom Papa, host of the hit podcast and SiriusXM show "Come to Papa" will visit Nov. 3.
The museum also offers wine tasting classes, family adventure days and special events for members, who also receive free admission to the galleries and discounted rates on show tickets.