Shape the Arts Scene in Arts Vision 2030

    Add your voice and input to help shape the next decade of creativity in the Pikes Peak region.

    Paints, yarns, dancer represent Arts Vision 2030 in Colorado Springs
    Photo courtesy of the Culture Office of the Pikes Peak Region.

    Want to make a lasting impact in the community? Now’s your chance to help shape the arts scene in the Springs for the next decade thanks to the Arts Vision 2030 initiative.

    The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, other funding partners and a diverse Steering Committee want the public’s help in creating the next 10-year cultural plan to solidify the creative sector’s relevance, impact and influence.

    Through July, residents of El Paso and Teller counties can voice their opinions and share ideas to help establish goals for the creative community via the Arts Vision 2030 website. Participants can also join online digital interactive meetings, virtual focus groups, discussions, surveys and more activities to be added regularly until Arts Month in October.

    “We are incredibly fortunate and excited to be developing this plan for the Pikes Peak region! We want to hear from as many people as possible,” Kendall Peterson says on behalf of the consulting team. ”We invite everyone throughout the region to engage, participate and tell their friends!”

    Kendall Peterson of ThereSquared, LLC and Jill Stilwell of Stilwell Cultural Consulting, LLC will guide the development of the Arts Vision plan around the public input. But the work won’t stop at virtual meetings and activities. Each person, artist, foundation and creative organization involved will continually collaborate over the coming decade to bring the initiative to fruition.

    “We came to believe that bringing folks together to craft the next 10-year cultural plan would actually serve a profoundly greater purpose right now,” says Andy Vick, co-chair of the initiative and executive director of the Cultural Office, in a press release. “We anticipate that healing and reconnection will happen during this project, through collective imagination, shared goal-setting and confident conversations about the role that creative vitality plays in our region.”

    Arts Vision 2030 logoOrganizers hope the common goals of Arts Vision 2030 will lead to unified support, connection for the creative sector and greater possibilities for artists, creators, local communities and beyond. Once finished, Arts Vision 2030 will offer a roadmap to guide the work of local governments, foundations, nonprofits, creative businesses, artists and cross-sector partners in bringing success and vitality to the arts in the Pikes Peak region. The final plan will be released at a community event on Oct. 27 during Arts Month.

    Add your input and stay up to date on Arts Vision 2030 events at

    Who’s Who of the Arts Vision 2030 Steering Committee

    Chris Alvarez

    Alvarez Art School, Painter, Board of Directors for the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

    Ryan Bañagale

    Colorado College Visual & Performing Arts, Musician

    Marc Benning

    Lulu’s Downstairs, Blank Tape Records, Musician

    Jodie Bliss

    Bliss Studio & Gallery, Artist, Town of Monument

    Cynthia Chung Aki

    Golden Lotus Foundation

    Ashley Cornelius

    Poetry 719, Arts Therapist, Poet

    Lisa Cross

    D49 Art Teacher, Pikes Peak Arts Council

    Jasmine Dillavou

    Artist, Activist

    Ryan Flores

    Musician, Photographer

    Ralph Holloway

    Woodland Park Arts Alliance, Artist

    Sally Hybl

    Actress, Arts Advocate

    Natalie Johnson

    D14 School Board, Manitou Art Center

    Cheerish Martin

    Singer, Actress

    Matt Mayberry

    Colorado Springs Cultural Services/Pioneers Museum

    Daisy McGowan

    UCCS Galleries Contemporary Art, Artist

    Jordan McHenry

    Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, Dancer, Instructor

    Susan Pattee

    Arts Advocate, Bee Vradenburg Foundation Trustee

    Michelle Rozell

    Cripple Creek Heritage Museum

    Sarah Sheppard Shaver

    PPCC Drama Department, Springs Ensemble Theatre, Actress

    Becca Sickbert

    Manitou Springs Creative District

    Abby Simpson

    Pikes Peak Library District Sand Creek Library Director

    Claire Swinford

    Downtown Partnership, Downtown COS Creative District, Artist

    Herman Tiemens

    Arts Advocate, Tiemens Foundation

    Sergei Vassiliev

    Colorado Springs Philharmonic principal clarinet, EPIC Concerts

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