“The internet has suddenly become the new stage,” says Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.
That’s what happens when we’re all staying at home—artists, creatives and makers included. Those who create still create, and they find ways to connect with their audiences. It’s a good thing for the rest of us who are dangerously close to binge-watching overload and in need of some emotional uplift in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s also a good thing that the Cultural Office has launched Peak Radar Virtual. The portal at peakradar.com/virtual features multimedia, virtual experiences from a growing list of local organizations and artists, plus DIY home experiences to bring creativity into our living rooms.
“We realized that now more than ever we need to lean in to our mission to connect residents and visitors with our local arts and culture scene—no matter where it’s happening!” Vick says. “Peak Radar Virtual adds a dynamic new space for the creative community to engage with residents who really need inspiration, entertainment and connection right now.”
Peak Radar Virtual is a timely offshoot of the Cultural Office’s PeakRadar.com cultural calendar. The portal debuted with diverse local offerings including live music concerts, artist interviews, audio plays, museum exhibit tours, children’s storytimes and take-home pottery kits. Peak Radar Virtual will become an increasingly large part of the cultural website’s content as more local artists and arts organizations pivot to offering their programs digitally.
“Peak Radar Virtual is a major step in our work to connect people to the arts in ways that are exciting and meaningful, even during the hardest times,” says Jonathan Toman, Peak Radar manager.
“The Cultural Office urges the community, now more than ever, to invite local artists into your lives, into your living rooms. Get inspired, be entertained, learn something new,” Vick says. “The arts are always here for us, no matter where we are.” Even virtually.
Virtual First Friday: April
It takes more than a pandemic to stop art. You won’t be able to stroll physically through the galleries of Downtown, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs for this month’s First Friday ArtWalk—but you can virtually browse their latest exhibits on April 3, 5-8 p.m,. And you can support local artists and galleries. If you make a remote purchase of $50 or more from the participating galleries , the Bee Vradenberg Foundation will double it with a matching gift up to $1,000.
Here are the galleries you can tour virtually. Get preview videos and details on the exhibits and more at peakradar.com/virtual-first-friday