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Long before Oct. 1, members of the Colorado Springs arts community declared October as arts month.

On Oct. 7, the El Paso County Commissioners followed suit by recognizing October 2015 as arts month in the Pikes Peak region.

"The arts and humanities play a unique role in the lives of our families, our communities, and our country," said Commissioner Chair Amy Lathen as she read the Proclamation into the record. "El Paso County proudly encourages participation in the arts as well as provides venues for the public display of creative projects."

October has been officially recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month by numerous arts, government and cultural organizations across the country for more than two decades. The focus is to encourage regional residents to explore the arts and humanities.

"Arts Month is all about celebrating arts in the community, not just for the contribution to quality of life, but for the economic impact," said Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), in a press release.

The nonprofit arts industry in the Colorado Springs area generates $72 million in economic activity and supports the full-time equivalent of 2,168 jobs.

"I applaud all the arts organizations in the community," said Commissioner Sallie Clark. "Public art is an important part of what we do."

A collection of black-and-white photographs depicting a variety of Colorado Springs public works projects and local landmarks is on display in Centennial Hall. Prints are available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting the Old Colorado City Historical Society.

Editor, Pikes Peak Newspapers

In June 2019, Michelle became editor of the four Pikes Peak Newspapers: Pikes Peak Courier; The Tribune; and the Cheyenne and Woodmen editions. A Penn State journalism graduate, she joined the Gazette staff in 2015.

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