From left, Dave Paul, Andy Vick Norm Steen and Marc Dettenrieder. The commissioners, at the request of Vick, declared October as Teller County Arts Month. Photo by Pat Hill

Paying tribute to the arts in Teller County, commissioners Marc Dettenrieder, Dave Paul and Norm Steen approved a proclamation that declares October as Arts Month in Teller County.

The proclamation is a collaboration of the county and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. “The whole idea is to cultivate engagement in arts and culture and build awareness,” said COPPeR’s executive director, Andy Vick, speaking at the meeting Thursday. “It’s a call to action, if you will, to have everyone possible in the two-county region have one new cultural experience in October.”

To celebrate the month, COPPeR hosts the annual Artini kickoff party from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Gold Room at the Mining Exchange Hotel.

A second celebration is the Business + Arts Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. Among the business winners last year who support the arts was Ace Hardware in Cripple Creek.

As an economic boost, the arts generate $153.3 million annually for the arts-and-culture sector to include galleries and music events, Vick said. “Workforce is key — if you want to create a community where folks want to live and move to, having a great cultural scene is very important for that,” he added.

Education benefits from the arts, he added. “Education has proven to be enhanced with arts’ experiences for young people and for our own recreation and entertainment,” Vick said. “And certainly the arts bring us together as a community, whether it’s festivals, the ice sculptures in Cripple Creek, Victor Celebrates the Arts, whatever it is, arts have an important role to play.”

The proclamation declares that the arts and humanities embody much of the accumulated wisdom, intellect and imagination of humankind and enhance and enrich the lives of every American, including those of us living in the Pikes Peak Region.”

As a reference to arts’ experience, COPPeR publishes events at peakradar.com.

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