"Kukuli Velarde: Corpus," featuring 15 ceramic sculptures, each with matching tapestries, is a symbolic representation of the Corpus Christi festival. The installation by Velarde, a Peruvian American artist, grapples with the ideas of indigenous resilience in the face of Spanish colonization. It opens Friday and runs through April 9 at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.
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The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center, which opened in mid-2020 on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus, is owned by the university and partly-rented by Centura Health. The center was intended to attract users from around the country, but its three branches — sports performance, sports medicine and academics — are open to the public.
In Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical, "Cinderella," Ella, who lives with a cruel stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, endeavors to attend a fancy ball thrown by the prince. She hopes to meet the party's host and discuss the fate of the kingdom, not realizing they'll fall in love. The show opens Thursday at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and runs through Jan. 9.
Two Ward Lockwood murals at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will be removed due to racist content and damage, said administration and staff members. The removal has sparked some controversy. Jim Raughton, former Chair of the Trustees of FAC, disagrees with the removal and claims of damage, and believes the murals should stay in place with information that provides historical background.
Denver-based Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, will perform three pieces dealing with racial unrest at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College on Saturday in a show titled "R.I.Power," a term often related to unjust killings. It's the world premiere of one piece, "R.I.Power," triggered by last year's murder of George Floyd, and commissioned by the FAC.
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.
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.