At COPPeR, we invite residents and visitors to experience local arts through PeakRadar.com, Peak Radar Picks weekly e-blast, Peak Radar Guides and easily accessible resources at our Walk-In Arts Information Space and outreach booths at local events because we know arts and culture make our community an exciting place to live and visit.
- PeakRadar.com – PeakRadar.com is COPPeR’s signature audience development program. The site, a comprehensive arts and culture events calendar, is a vital tool for increasing cultural participation. Since its launch in June 2007, PeakRadar.com has brought awareness of a vast array and arts activities to residents and visitors and it continues to grow. In 2012, total visitors to the site increased 14.5% and average page views lept to 185,386 each month. The site now lists information for over 400 community-based arts groups and 365 profiles of individual artists. Listings include images, video, GoogleMaps, ticket-purchase links, and the ability to share information through Facebook and other sites with one click. Our partnerships with local government and the tourism bureau, as well as with print and radio media, amplify the power of cultural groups to reach new audiences. All of PeakRadar’s functions are designed to increase cultural participation in El Paso and Teller counties.
- Peak Radar Picks E-Blast: This popular weekly e-blast highlights 7-10 exciting arts and culture events in the region for the coming week, plus artists of the week, art classifieds and special ticket giveaways and discounts. Peak Radar Picks currently reaches over 6,000 subscribers and, through a partnership with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, over 6,000 cultural tourists who designated Arts and Culture as an area of interest in visiting our region.
- The Peak Radar Guides – Peak Radar publishes valuable guides for residents and visitors, available for free in print and accessible online. The main resource is Peak Radar Pages, the primary print directory of arts nonprofits in the region, with 5,000 copies now distributed annually. In 2013, the popular Free Outdoor Summer Concert Guide was downloaded 46,000 times, with 500 print copies distributed. In June 2012, COPPeR launched the region’s first Public Art Directory for the City of Colorado Springs through PeakRadar.com. Through partnerships with regional community leaders, this directory will expand in 2013 to include the art collections of Manitou Springs and the Tri-Lakes area. And this fall, Peak Radar premiered its newest resource, the Fall Theater Guide, to connect visitors and residents with the lively theater seasons on local stages. These guides are distributed at community locations, tourism hubs and military bases.
- Walk-In Arts Center and Outreach Booths – COPPeR’s downtown storefront office serves the walk-in public daily with information about how to connect with local arts and culture. The space exhibits rotating shows by local artists, offers local artwork for sale and welcomes collaborations with area nonprofits. First Friday art openings are co-presented throughout the year with the neighboring University of Colorado Springs GOCA 121 gallery space, providing visibility for the downtown location, local artists and year-round programs of COPPeR. Staff and volunteer Arts Advocates shared resources about the arts at over 30 local events and festivals in 2013, including Family Day at Fort Carson, WhatIf Festival and Everybody Welcome Festival.