Arts Month: Creativity Pops With ArtPOP

The new collaborative series brings 20 free, local, pop-up art events to Arts Month.

A three-dimensional archway. A divine inspiration telephone. An ancient chatroom. Not all the events making up this year’s ArtPOP include elements quite so esoteric as the three listed above, but they’re all pretty eclectic. The new Arts Month series is a collaboration between the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC).

As Kate Perdoni, PPAC executive director, says, “During ArtPOP, the community will enjoy 20 unique pop-up performances in geographically diverse points across the region, from dance to experimental film to installation art, music, mini sculpture-making, and everything in between!”

Perdoni reviewed 48 applications through a call for artists and selected 20 for ArtPOP based on the proposal quality and a goal of representing as many disciplines as possible. The only requirement for artists was that the events would be open to all at some point during October and at no cost to participants.

“This series will highlight the amazing prowess of our local talent while shining a spotlight on Arts Month,” Perdoni says. “We believe folks should tune in to local culture year-round, and ArtPOP helps showcase the plethora of opportunities there are to experience the arts via an accessible, free, public arena.”

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Concrete Couch. Photo courtesy of Concrete Couch.

ArtPOP Highlights

Here are just a few you might want to check out:

Brown Girl, American Dream

A three-dimensional archway brings visitors through time and narrative, with space to examine the intricacies and text of a reflective sculptural exhibit by Jasmine Dillavou.
Friday, Oct. 6, 1:30-8 p.m. Artist talk at 6 p.m.
The Flux Capacitor, Pikes Peak Library District, 25 W. Kiowa St.

Heather Oelklaus’ Ancient Chatroom

Two antique typewriters stationed 20 feet apart face one another, connected by a long fabric loop. Viewers are encouraged to type on the loop, resulting in a scroll of found poetry.
Sunday, Oct. 8, 3-5 p.m.
Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St.

Quaill Club Presents: Divine Inspiration Telephone

Passersby are urged via an interactive phone booth installation to engage in artist-led conversation and divinity readings.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Prospect Lake, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Dolly & Me: The Herstory of Country Music

Donna Guthrie gives a historical look at the women of country music, followed by a set from local country band Alicia Archibald and the Midnight Sun.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Tap Traders, 3104 N. Nevada Ave.

In the Zone by Ormao Dance Company

In choreography by Shawn Womack and Jan Johnson, Ormao performs aside the Manitou Springs construction project, utilizing workers’ uniforms, equipment and machinery as props and set design.
Sunday, Oct. 29 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Manitou Avenue between Ridge Avenue and Crystal Park Road, Manitou Springs

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