Art in Storefronts
Now in its third year, Art in Storefronts is designed to help re-animate Downtown Colorado Springs by inserting non-commercial art installations, art works, and interactive art displays into vacant storefront windows. The goals of the Art in Storefronts program are to brighten the Downtown area, increase Downtown foot traffic, highlight local artistic talent, and raise the general visibility of the arts in our community. For local property owners, it’s also a creative way to showcase their empty storefronts to potential renters.
“The Art in Storefronts program is a great example of how the arts and business communities can work together to support the vitality of our Downtown,” says Andy Vick, executive director of COPPeR.
The 2014 Art in Storefronts program, which is generously sponsored by Kirkpatrick Bank, features five “donated” storefront locations on Bijou Street between Nevada and Cascade, and five participating arts organizations from the Downtown Colorado Springs area: UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, The Modbo, Pikes Peak Arts Council, Pikes Peak Community College, and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Each participating organization was responsible for identifying one or more exhibiting artists and installing the actual window displays. All five installation projects opened for public viewing during the First Friday event on May 2, and will remain on display through the end of the calendar year. A special thanks to property owners Sam Eppley and Kathleen Venezia of Vintage Company for sharing their storefront spaces!
Printed maps with information about each of the Art in Storefronts displays are available from the COPPeR office and from various locations throughout the Downtown.
If you are a Downtown property owner or businesses who might be interested in getting involved in the project next year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Art in Storefronts 2014 Projects
- Art in Storefronts 2013 Projects
Art in Storefronts 2012 Projects