Fine Arts Center Takes the Arts Outdoors with City as a Venue

Out is in as the FAC’s City as a Venue builds an outdoor stage and takes remote performances to neighborhoods throughout Colorado Springs.

The Fine Arts Center is taking the arts outside this summer and fall. The City as a Venue program will not only provide safe formats to gather and enjoy the arts as the pandemic eases, it will take theater, dance, music and other performances into a variety of local neighborhoods and communities around Colorado Springs.

“Making the arts accessible to everyone is an important part of our mission,” said Idris Goodwin, director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, in a press release. “As health guidelines and restrictions are updated and more of our community gets vaccinated, we are optimistic about the prospect of gathering once again to enjoy the arts.”

City as a Venue’s robust and diverse schedule of outdoor and socially distanced arts experiences runs from June to early October. The program includes the construction of a new outdoor stage at the Fine Arts Center, on the corner of Cascade Avenue and Dale Street. But you can also find events across the city, including Acacia Park, Concrete Coyote and local community centers, such as Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park. Events at Acacia Park and community centers are free of charge, but theatre performances at the FAC Outdoor Stage require tickets. Events will be family-friendly, and COVID-19 safety regulations will be in place.

Fine Arts Center new outdoor stage rendering
An artist rendering shows a potential concept of the FAC Outdoor Stage. Construction is expected to begin in late May. Illustration courtesy of the Fine Art Center.

Here’s a preview of the upcoming schedule:

Saturdays in the Park with the FAC

From June 26 to Aug. 14, you can make the most of your Saturday afternoons with live performances, art demonstrations and local food trucks at the Acacia Park Bandshell.

Theatre School Summer Camps

FAC Theatre School will hold fun and informative summer camps for children 5 to 18 in June and July on the FAC Outdoor Stage.

Front Range Fables

Looking to brush up on your local history? Check out the Front Range Fables, a series of plays based on historical events from the Pikes Peak region for young audiences written by local playwrights. The series will take place on Saturdays from June 26 to Aug. 7 at venues throughout the community, alongside art activities from Bemis School of Art.

She Loves Me

If you loved the movie You’ve Got Mail, you’ll love the FAC Youth Repertory Ensemble’s She Loves Me, a charming romantic comedy based on the same source material. Take your friends, family, significant other, or fly solo to the musical on the FAC Outdoor Stage, July 29 – Aug. 1.


Based on Stud Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted. This musical runs Aug. 24 – Sept. 5 on the FAC Outdoor Stage with reserved free tickets for frontline workers.

Arts & Acting in the Forest

Bemis School of Art offers kids the opportunity to explore painting, printmaking, mixed media projects and theater games at a series of summer camps in the great outdoors at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, June – July.

Plein Air Painting

Your kids don’t have to be the only ones creating in the outdoors. This Bemis School of Art course allows adults to immerse themselves and paint in the Colorado landscape.

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