When Gen. William J. Palmer founded Colorado Springs in 1871, he wanted to make the city desirable to families, schools and churches. One way to attract the latter was by offering free lots. At first, congregations floated around town, meeting in random locations until they had enough money to construct buildings. The first church in the Springs was First United Methodist Church, which now stands at 420 N. Nevada Ave. Other early churches were First Congregational Church and First Presbyterian Church.
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Five arts and culture organizations in Colorado Springs are thousands of dollars richer, thanks to Colorado Creates grants from Colorado Creative Industries.
About 200 works by artist and arts educator Chip Shaw, who taught for more than three decades in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, will be featured in the "Chip Shaw Retrospective" at Manitou Art Center. The exhibit opens with a free reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday and runs through Sept. 25. Shaw died in June after being diagnosed with a rare neurodegenerative disease with no treatment.
Michael Christiano has been named the new museum director at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. He previously worked as deputy director and curator of public practice at Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, Ill. He'll start Sept. 27.
Brian Quijada's one-person, hip-hop show, "Where Did We Sit on the Bus?," blends looped rhythms, rap, songs, poems and spoken word pieces to tell a coming of age story, while exploring cultural identity. It opens Thursday on the outdoor stage at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and runs through Aug. 22.
Pikes Peak Library District's 2021 All Pikes Peak Reads program will feature two adult selections, a teen selection and a children's title, and includes the 2020 biography "Hidden Valley Road," by Robert Kolker, about the Colorado Springs Galvin family who dealt with schizophrenia in six of the 10 sons. The books are available now at all PPLD branches and online at ppld.org.
The free COS 150 Festival on Saturday will mark the final big event in a year of events acknowledging our impressive 150th birthday. A parade from 11 a.m.-noon will precede the event, and travel along Tejon Street from Cache La Poudre Street to Costilla Street. The festival is from noon-8 p.m. along Vermijo Avenue downtown.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will open the new exhibit, "Ansel Adams: Masterworks," featuring 48 of his photos from the portfolio, "Museum Set." The collection includes his famous landscapes from across the country, portraits and architectural and cultural sites.
The 36th annual Colorado College Summer Music Festival will produce the city's first live orchestra concerts in more than a year. The three-week festival attracts pre-professional musicians from around the globe who live on the CC campus while studying and playing with some of the best educators and professional musicians working today. A crew from the PBS classical music TV series, "Now Hear This," also will film part of the festival for an upcoming episode focusing on composer Aaron Copland.
Gilbert Johns, a Colorado College professor and dean, who also helped found the now-defunct Colorado Opera Festival in the '70s, and was a Gazette arts critic at large for a decade, died Wednesday in Chicago. He was 89.