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February 6, 2011

Western Skies, February 6, 2011: “Arts”

We bring back Western Skies with a look at arts in the region. We take the time to look at the Colorado Springs scene, film production as an economic driver, the Broadmoor Art Academy, and more.

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Roundtable: Arts in Colorado Springs
Film Production as Economic Development
Rainbow Falls, Graffiti Art, and “Graffiti Falls”
A Conversation on the Broadmoor Art Academy
Recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Fine Arts Center

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.

Roundtable: Arts in Colorado Springs

Craig Richardson sat down with Susan Edmondson, the Executive Director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation; Tom McElroy, a Colorado Springs based artist; and Jessica Hunter Larson, the Curator of the I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College. They spoke about the identity of the arts in the region in the past, present and future.

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Film Production as Economic Development

Movies like How the West Was Won starring Henry Fonda and Gregory Peck, the original True Grit with John Wayne, and Sleeper with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton have given places like Canon City, Denver, Durango, and Bent’s Old Fort near LaJunta visibility on the silver screen. But as other areas began offering large incentives, Colorado’s desirability seemed to fade into the background. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin examines the current state of on-location shoots in Colorado, and how one county is looking to the film industry as part of its economic future.

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Colorado Creative Industries
Office of Film, Television, & Media

Mark Cloer, Director of Economic Development for Crowley County, says, “We offer the natural, the true effect.” Instead of recreating something in a Hollywood set, Cloer says, “We offer reality. We offer a true touchstone opportunity for the filmmaker.” See and decide for yourself, in this slideshow of scenes from Crowley County.

Here’s a trailer teaser for a music video from Montauk Media, filmed in its entirety in Crowley County. It includes the abandoned house seen as in the slideshow above.

“The Fallout” Music Video Teaser from Montauk Media on Vimeo.

Here’s a music video from Montauk Media, partially filmed in Crowley County:

We Shot The Moon “Amy” Music Video from Montauk Media on Vimeo.

Rainbow Falls, Graffiti Art, and “Graffiti Falls”

Rainbow Falls lies along Fountain Creek above Manitou Springs, but because of visits by people with spray paint, many have come to know it by a different name: Graffiti Falls. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska set out to explore efforts to clean up the area, and discovered what some see as art, others see as vandalism.

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A Conversation on the Broadmoor Art Academy

When you think of great southwestern arts colonies, you probably think of Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. But in the early part of the 20th Century, Colorado Springs was also a renowned summertime arts colony where world-famous artists came to teach at The Broadmoor Art Academy. KRCC’s Noel Black spoke with art collector Blake Wilson of The Art Bank and Fine Arts Center Curator Blake Milteer about this largely-forgotten part of our local cultural history.

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Look at a slide show of images of the first Broadmoor Academy catalog from 1921 and images by artists who taught at the Broadmoor Academy here:

Recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Fine Arts Center

On April 20, 2011, The Fine Arts Center will mark its 75th anniversary. When it opened in 1936, it was considered the finest arts institution west of the Mississippi and had a world-class, week-long gala that featured some of the most avant-garde art known to the world at that time. Craig Richardson and Noel Black of The Big Something bring us this account of the opening, written by art historian Stanley Cuba.

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Look at a slide show of images from the time of the opening and images of art and articles from The Fine Art Center School’s heyday in the 1930s and 40s under Boardman Robinson:

Filed under: Andrea Chalfin,Arts & Culture,Colorado,Craig Richardson,Economy,Entertainment,Interview,KRCC News,KRCC Programs,Kate Jonuska,Noel Black,Slideshow,Western Skies — Andrea Chalfin, News Dir. @ 11:00 am
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December 5, 2010

Western Skies, December 5, 2010: “Retrospective”

This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered since kicking off the revival of Western Skies in June. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some of the conversations that took place this year in Western Skies.

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Roundtable: Tourism in the Pikes Peak Region
Our Libertarian Past: The Freedom School and Rampart College
4H Celebrates 100 Years
Crestone: Living a Spiritual Life in a Remote Town
A Day in the Life at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Professional Baseball in Colorado Springs ca. 1902

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.

Roundtable: Tourism in the Pikes Peak Region

Producer Noel Black hosts a round table discussion about the past, present and future of this vital industry with Terry Sullivan, CEO and President of Experience Colorado Springs, Leah Davis Witherow, Archivist at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and Susan Wolbrueck, Board President of the Manitou Springs Business Improvement District.
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Complete Interview:Western Skies 6.6.2010 Roundtable

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From “Tourism,” in June.



Our Libertarian Past: The Freedom School and Rampart College

With a large Libertarian contingency here, some might wonder how the ideals took root in Colorado Springs. Part of the answer may come from a recent New Yorker article titled “Covert Operations” by Jane Mayer about Tea Party funders Charles and David Koch. It referred to a now-defunct Colorado Springs-based libertarian institution called The Freedom School. With the help of the Colorado College and Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections, Noel Black and Craig Richardson created this portrait of the Freedom School, which later became Rampart College.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Rampart College campus was sold in November of 1968. Rampart College remained open in Santa Ana, California until 1975. Many thanks to Jen Newman, Mike Procell, Jeff Bieri, Vicky Gregor and Craig Richardson for lending their voices to this piece.

From “Politics & Elections,” in October.

4H Celebrates 100 Years

4H has been in Colorado for 100 years, and the organization has come a long way during the last century in this state. Most people associate 4H with agriculture, but their mission of teaching life skills is a little more philosophical than the actual means. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis spent a few days at the state fair to see how the group is evolving.

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From “Agriculture,” in September.


Crestone: Living a Spiritual Life in a Remote Town

On the Western Slope of the Sangre de Christo Mountains lays the spiritual community of Crestone, which has developed a reputation as the Shangri-La of the Rockies. But as KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports, for many residents, just surviving in the town can take the most patience and practice of all.

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From “Religion, Faith, and Spirituality,” in November.

A Day in the Life at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

Another public face of the difficult budget crunch in the city is that of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in Garden of the Gods. Site manager Andy Morris lives at the ranch, so KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin asked him to take us through a typical summer day.

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KRCC’s Knox Graham created this photo and audio slideshow of the visit to Rock Ledge Ranch.

From “Colorado Springs Budget Issues,” in July.


Professional Baseball in Colorado Springs ca. 1902

Few people remember that Colorado Springs once had a professional baseball team called The Millionaires. Jeff Bieri reads this excerpt from Marshall Sprague’s history of the region, Newport in the Rockies.

Sprague on Baseball WS 8.1.10

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(Boulevard Park ca. 1902, photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 257-6465.)

One halftone image in full-page spread of six smaller images on page titled “In the Suburbs of the Sunshine City.” Image shows crowd standing outside large wooden structure with signs reading “Boulevard Park” and “Colorado Springs Baseball Club. Members of the Western League.” Caption at bottom of page reads “Boulevard Park, the home of the “Millionaires”.”

From “Sports in the Pikes Peak Region,” in August.

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