At COPPeR, we aim to efficiently and cost-effectively achieve immeasurably more than any one gallery, artist or performance group can do independently. The arts are an ecosystem – and at COPPeR we want to ensure that all parts of that ecosystem are healthy and thriving.
PeakRadar – COPPeR’s signature audience-development tool informs thousands of peopleabout art events in the region. We work constantly to improve site comprehensiveness, create new marketing alliances, and add overall enhancements to search-engine optimization and promotions to increase the numbers of unique visitors, total visitors and page views.
Peak Arts Fund - In 2012 COPPeR launched Peak ArtsFund, an annual, combined fundraising campaign to strengthen arts non-profits in the Pikes Peak region. We know that a strong arts sector creates a vibrant economic community. Peak Arts Fund will encourage a broader segment of our community to enjoy and support the arts by specifically reaching out to the business community through workplace giving, in-kind donations to the Peak Arts Card and/or other employee-engagement activities. It is clear that in the coming years, government funds will be minimal, and corporate giving is stagnant at best. New sources of support for the arts (not simply redirecting existing dollars) is the goal.
The PeakRadar Pages (download PDF) – This biennial free guidebook has information on more than 200 local arts organizations. We have published two editions. If you would like a free copy or you belong to an organization that you think should be included, please contact us.
Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project – COPPeR is one of the five presenting partners (along with the Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado College, UCCS and Poetry West) for this initiative to inspire and celebrate poetry through outreach and performances in nontraditional settings. The poet laureate, Aaron Anstett, will serve a two-year term. Visit Here
Cultural Planning – Colorado Springs went through a planning process from 2008 – 2010. The 10 year cultural plan was released in September of 2010. Click here for more information
Business & Arts Awards Luncheon – COPPeR partners with the Regional Business Alliance on this annual fall luncheon to celebrate and recognize businesses that support and promote arts and creativity. Visit Here
Sounds of the Pikes Peak Region – This program promotes and celebrates local musicians and “brand” our community with its unique aural identity. Volume 1 of this CD – the first in a series to be produced through the years – features 13 of some of the top acoustic, folk, blues, traditional and Americana acts in the region. Click here to purchase the CD. We partner with the Pikes Peak Center, KRCC, the Gazette, and the Independent to produce a free monthly concert series featuring local musicians, the Showcase at Studio Bee.
Arts Bootcamps– COPPeR facilitates workshops aimed to help nonprofit arts organizations improve their sustainability. Bootcamp topics are announced in advance.
Broad-Based Arts advocacy and education – COPPeR staff facilitate Arts Day for Leadership Pikes Peak programs, to include the Signature Program, the Women’s Community Leadership Initiative, Experience the Springs, and Leadership Now! (a young professionals leadership program). We also are available to speak to business and community groups to communicate the value of arts and creativity as essential to all community development.