INVITE

At COPPeR, we invite residents and visitors to experience local arts through PeakRadar.com, the weekly Peak Radar Picks e-blast, Peak Radar Guides, our Walk-In Arts Information Space and outreach festival booths at local events because we know arts and culture make our community an exciting place to live, play, work and visit.

EDUCATE

At COPPeR, we educate and advocate for our artists and arts organizations through professional development workshops, trainings about national best practices, research on the economic impact of the area’s cultural sector, and relationships with elected officials and civic leaders because we know a strong, unified voice ensures a healthy creative community.

CONNECT

At COPPeR, we connect people and resources across sectors through the stewardship of our region's 10-year Cultural Plan, Arts Month initiative, Business & Arts Lunch, Coffee with COPPeR summits, Art in Storefronts program, and leadership on diverse community boards and committees because we know creativity is a catalyst for regional innovation, growth, prosperity, and vitality.

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  • August News from COPPeR

    AIR Shift Workshop Registration is now open for the Pikes Peak region’s first AIR Shift Workshop, which will be held at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center from October 24-26. Presented by COPPeR, this weekend workshop teaches new ways for art and business …

  • COPPeR Selected for Charity Spotlight

    COPPeR is excited to announce that we have been selected as a featured organization for this year’s Charity Spotlight, a collaborative program brought together by Sky Sox and Domino’s Pizza. This program, which returns after a tremendously successful first season, …

  • Tickets Now On Sale for Business & Arts Lunch

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) are pleased to present the Business & Arts Lunch annually each October. Our organizations understand that a thriving and innovative business community succeeds only …

  • July News from COPPeR

    TA-Da! The 2014-2015 Peak Radar Pages Each year, COPPeR undertakes the creation of our region’s most comprehensive guide to arts and culture and distributes thousands of free copies to residents and visitors. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that the …

  • Creative Districts in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs

    DENVER — June 16, 2014 — Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, and the Boettcher Foundation today announced the certification of four new Creative Districts and the acceptance of seven …

  • Coffee with COPPeR: October is Arts Month!

    The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) is excited to announce that it will be orchestrating a new Arts Month initiative this coming October. A formal announcement for the effort will take place during a “Coffee with COPPeR” …

  • June News from COPPeR

    Coffee with COPPeR: Arts Month 2014 Tuesday, June 24 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Coffee at 8:30 am, Deco Lounge Program 9:00-10:00 am, Main Stage Coffee with COPPeR events are public gatherings to learn about and discuss major advances …

  • Are you an Arts Champion? Join us this summer!

    On April 30, fifteen new members of our community trained to become Arts Advocates, representing the arts in their spheres of leadership and as volunteers at this summer’s outreach events for COPPeR. You can learn what they learned by visiting …

  • May News from COPPeR

    PeakRadar.com 1st Quarter Report celebrates growth! The first quarter report of PeakRadar.com’s metrics for 2014 is out … and proud! All metrics grew over last year’s numbers and total visits grew by 24%! Click here to download the 1st Quarter …

  • 2014 Art in Storefronts Featured in 5 Downtown Locations

    The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) is pleased to announce the 2014 Art in Storefronts program. Now in its third year, Art in Storefronts is designed to help re-animate Downtown Colorado Springs by inserting non-commercial art installations, …

  • Janice Gould selected as 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

    On behalf of the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project selection committee and program organizers, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) is pleased to announce that Janice Gould has been selected as the 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. …

  • April News from COPPeR

    Springing into Action! April is here, and COPPeR is “springing into action!” This week, the gallery space in our office will open a new show by printmaker Eleanor Anderson – I hope you can join us! We’ve also begun production of …

  • Arts Advocates Training 2014

    Arts Advocates are specially-trained to speak knowledgeably about our local arts scene as volunteers at COPPeR’s festival booths, as committee members across the region, and as active citizens. The training equips Advocates with a deeper understanding of arts in the Pikes …

  • NEW! Ads Available for Peak Radar Pages 2014-2015

    Reach culturally-engaged residents and visitors in the only comprehensive print directory to arts and culture in the Pikes Peak region! This year, 5,000 free copies will be distributed throughout El Paso and Teller counties at community centers, festivals, libraries, hotels, universities, realtors, …

  • March News from COPPeR

    March-ing Forward Hard to believe that I’ve already been here at COPPeR for over a month! Seems like it was just yesterday that my wife Beth and I were packing up our belongings in Western Maryland for the long drive across the …

  • City for Champions Good for Our Creative Community

    At their monthly meeting on February 27, the COPPeR Board of Directors formally voted to support the City for Champions project. “At its core, City for Champions is a tourism and economic development initiative that will bring tens of thousands of …

  • Creative Districts Blossoming in the Pikes Peak Region

    Several business districts in the Pikes Peak region are busily preparing to apply for Creative District designation, either as candidates or full-fledged designees, through Colorado Creative Industries. Woodland Park and Manitou Springs are applying for initial candidacy in the impressive …

  • Pikes Peak Weavers Guild Exhibition

    Pikes Peak Weavers Guild Exhibition February 7- March 30, 2014 COPPeR’s Information and Office Space, Plaza of the Rockies 121 S. Tejon, Suite 111 Currently on display in COPPeR’s office space are works by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild. A non-profit …

  • COPPeR February News

      Letter from the Executive Director … Hi, my name is Andy Vick, and I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Executive Director here at COPPeR! My wife, Beth Piver, and I just moved to Colorado Springs from western …

  • Coffee with COPPeR: Northern Progress

                  Coffee with COPPeR: Northern Progress Friday, January 24 Coffee at 8:00 a.m., program begins at 8:30 at the new Harmony Hall, 3815 N. Academy Blvd  Click here to RSVP  Coffee with COPPeR events are …

  • COPPeR Announces New Executive Director: Andrew Vick brings national experience to the region

    Following a thorough regional and national search, the Board of Directors of COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew (Andy) Vick as Executive Director, starting February 1, 2014. Andy will …

  • 24 Hours to Give Where You Live

    Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is one of the newest local nonprofits to join Colorado Gives Day 2013! On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Coloradans will come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like ours. Last year, a …

  • November News

    “November is a festive, full month here at COPPeR, packed with exciting events. The momentum in our arts community, particularly the northern expansions we’ll explore at Coffee with COPPeR on Nov. 19, the energy at the Business and Arts Lunch last month, and the results …

  • Nov. 8! Hootenanny for the Arts II: Brazilian Carnivale

    Don’t miss the party that everyone will be buzzing about. Hootenanny for the Arts returns transforming The Mansion nightclub into Brazilian Carnivale with daring cirque d’soleil performing artists on trapeze, Brazilian dancers, capoiera, authentic Brazilian tapas, complimentary signature cocktails and …

  • Quality of Life Indicators Report Released

    Pikes Peak United Way spearheads an annual study that collects key data points, “quality of life indicators”, from across our region and comparable cities in the U.S. The full 2013 report was released on October 24 and includes a section …

  • 2013 Business and Arts Lunch Award Winners Announced

    Ron Brasch and Una Ng-Brasch were recognized as the Business Arts Leaders of the year at the sixth annual Business & Arts Lunch. The lunch, co-presented by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the …

  • Executive Director Transition

    Christina McGrath, Executive Director of COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, announced today that she will be leaving COPPeR at the end of the year and joining her fiancé, an Air Force Officer, on his next assignment …

  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

    CRAFT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (CERF+) Artists’ emergency resources CERF+ would like to make sure that any professional craft artist seriously affected by the disaster is aware of the emergency relief assistance available from CERF+. If, as a craft artist, you …

  • Register Now: 6th Annual Business and Arts Lunch!

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) are pleased to present the Business & Arts Lunch annually each October. Our organizations understand that a thriving and innovative business community succeeds only through …

  • September E-Newsletter

      You are Cordially Invited Doesn’t it feel great to get a personal invitation? Here at COPPeR, one of the 3 pillars of what we do year round is INVITE residents and visitors to experience the arts. Walk with us as we explore …

  • Peak Arts Fund Hits $50,000 Goal for the Arts

    The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) proudly announces that the 2013 Peak Arts Fund Campaign has achieved its ambitious goal to raise $50,000 for 18 local nonprofit arts organizations. The united fund for the arts distributed checks …

  • Peak Arts Fund on KCME FM

    We’re taking to the airwaves to get the word out about Peak Arts Fund 2013! On June 15-19, tune in to KCME FM on one of these stations for local arts trivia to win a Peak Radar Pass each day at 1:30 …

  • Building-Wide Peak Arts Fund Event an Inspiring Show of Support for the Arts

    On June 26, Peak Arts Fund presented a building-wide fundraising luncheon with 4 companies who share 6 N. Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. Participating companies included Braxton Technologies, The Paramount Group, TechWise, Vladimir Jones and YoungWilliams Child Support Services. The companies combined their collective “giving power” …

  • Art in Storefronts Call for Artists Extended!

    The Call for Artists for COPPeR’s Summer/Fall Art in Storefronts project has been extended! Applications will now be accepted until July 10th at 11:59 p.m. To learn more about the project and to download an application, visit our Art in …

  • Art in Storefronts Summer 2013

    COPPeR is currently accepting submissions for the Summer 2013 season of Art in Storefronts! For more information about the project and to download an application visit our AIS page.

  • Bootcamp: Disaster preparedness, planning and response

    We are once again saddened by the news of the fires in Southern Colorado. But have been proud of how our community continues to come together and support one another. Our arts and cultural community can be deeply impacted by …

  • 2013 Guide to Free Outdoor Summer Concerts

    It’s here! Our 2013 Guide to Free Outdoor Summer Concerts. Be sure to visit our Resources Page to find more information. Or download the Guide here today!

  • 2013 Business & Arts Luncheon Nominations

    Nominations are now being sought for businesses and business leaders to be honored at the sixth annual Business & Arts Awards Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Regional Business Alliance and COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Award categories …

  • Peak Arts Party II and live concert on June 7

    Join us for a free First Friday party and concert featuring music, art, food and drink and so, so many jelly beans! It all happens Friday, June 7 from 5-9 p.m. and is co-hosted by GOCA121 and COPPeR. Musician Alex Koshak will perform as part …

  • Beer That Keeps Giving

    On May 15 from 5-7 p.m., TRiNiTY Brewing Company welcomed Peak Arts Fund for their second Giving Beer night, a new program that contributes $1 from each TRiNiTY brew sold to a local nonprofit. The COPPeR crew showed up in force with balloons, table …

  • Three Cheers for the Regional Business Alliance!

    On Monday, May 20, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance invited Peak Arts Fund to visit their weekly staff meeting with an Arts Break and presentation about how to get involved with this spring’s campaign. The Arts Break was an elegant Bach violin …

  • The Impact of Peak Arts Fund

    The 18 arts nonprofits that benefit from every dollar given to Peak Arts Fund 2013 are an impressive collection of leading arts organizations in the region. Together, they span artistic genres, communities and age ranges. They are historic centerpieces of the local …

  • The Leadership of Kirkpatrick Bank

    On Friday, May 3, Kirkpatrick Bank launched its Workplace Giving Campaign for Peak Arts Fund. Already lead sponsor for the 2013 Launch Party, the Bank invited Angela to present about the campaign to its employees and pledged to match employee gifts. What …

  • May is Peak Arts Fund Month

    This May, you’ll find an exciting spectrum of arts experiences across the region, all presented by the 18 arts organizations who benefit from Peak Arts Fund. Don’t miss the fun – and Peak Radar Pass benefits - at this month’s bonanza of …

  • Support from Velvet Hills Chorus

    This past Monday, Angela presented about Peak Arts Fund to approx. 80 members of Velvet Hills Chorus. These inspiring women recently placed FIRST in our region and qualified for the Sweet Adelines International competition in Hawaii in November! The Chorus is …

  • New Partner: Colorado College

    Peak Arts Fund is the 4th and newest giving option for employees of Colorado College. Last year, CC staff pledged nearly $38,000 to local charities. Isn’t that inspiring? Our thanks to Colorado College for its incredible contributions to its neighbors and its support …

  • Colorado Springs CVB Supports the Arts

    The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau kicked off their Workplace Giving Campaign for Peak Arts Fund this past Tuesday, April 2. COPPeR Development Officer, Angela Seals, presented about Peak Arts Fund and shared helpful talking points for the CVB staff to use …

  • NEW Peak Radar Pass Benefit: Ice Cream!

    Regardless of today’s blizzard, it IS actually spring and ice cream season has officially returned. Our newest Peak Radar Pass benefit is 10% off at Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Cream! Show your pass at their location downtown or in Manitou Springs …

  • Art’s Economic Impact Presented to the Rotary

    Last Friday, Christina McGrath presented to the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs about arts and culture in the Pikes Peak region. The 80 attendees were particularly impressed by the arts nonprofit sector as an economic engine, generating $72 million in …

  • Peak Arts Fund Launch Party

    Celebrate the launch of the 2nd Annual Peak Arts Fund Campaign with an evening of art and live performances, plus delicious beer, wine, and sweet treats provided by Bristol Brewing and Nosh.

  • Coffee with COPPeR: February 26

    February 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Avenue RSVP to rsvp@coppercolo.org Join COPPeR and the Downtown Development Authority for a discussion on Colorado Springs’ new state-designated Emerging Creative District. The hour-long conversation

  • February 8 – Ceramica: Contemporary Clay Opening at COPPeR and GOCA 121

    Feb. 6th
  • Hootenanny for the Arts January 25

    EXPERIENCE! Performances by local greats while supporting CREEP! post production and Peak Arts Fund • ADMISSION! Includes three drink tickets and a swanky spread of delicious fare • SEE! Mayhem in the Dancehall with local legends such as: The Modbo Collective • Douglas Rouse • Taiko Society Drummers • Ormao Dance Company • MORE

  • Ideas for sharing your Economic Impact

    We’ve always known that arts and culture contributes greatly to our quality of life. Now with the release of the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study we have compelling proof that it’s also a major industry in the Pikes Peak region and contributes significantly to our local economy. Here’s a great example of how your organization can share that story:

  • Tree Lighting Celebration

    Dec. 6th
  • Call for Artists – Art in Storefronts

    Interested in the opportunity to showcase artistic work in an exciting, unique, new type of exhibition site? Art in Storefronts is designed to repurpose vacant store windows by filling them with non-commercial art installations, artwork, creative businesses or pop-up shops

  • October 2012 News

    A big congratulations to our Business and Arts Lunch award winners! This Wednesday, 280 business leaders, community advocates, and artists gathered at the Antlers Hotel to celebrate the 5th Annual Business and Arts Lunch, co-presented the by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and COPPeR.

  • September 2012 News

    Sep. 3rd
  • Better Block Pikes Peak Art in Storefronts

    Amy Seltzer from Roll Exhibit will be the first artist featured for COPPeR’s newest program Art in Storefronts. She has contacted several Roll Exhibit artists and gathered pieces from her past exhibits.

  • Business & Arts Luncheon Nominations

    Nominations are now being sought for businesses and business leaders to be honored at the fifth annual Business & Arts Awards Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.

  • July 2012 News

    What a great week to recognize Arts and Culture in our community. At The Mining Exchange this Tuesday, COPPeR released the Arts and Economic Prosperity Report, an economic impact study for the region’s nonprofit arts and culture industry.

  • AE&P Release Event

    The COPPeR Board of Directors invites you to join us for coffee and bagels as we release findings on the economic impact of arts and cultural groups in the Pikes Peak region.

  • June 2012 News

    At COPPeR, we’re looking forward to a summer full of exciting arts experiences. From Free Outdoor Summer Concerts and the Arts Walk with Mayor Bach to festivals and workshops, there are tons of things to keep you busy

  • April 2012 News

    Today we join scores of others in celebrating the 25th Annual Arts Advocacy Day. While we aren’t physically in Washington D.C. for the national event, COPPeR communicates the value of arts all year round to civic leaders, businesses, community groups, neighbors and friends in the Pikes Peak region.

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