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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.

You can download the episode here, or listen online:

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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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October 3, 2010

Western Skies, October 3, 2010: “Politics and Elections”



Because many people choose to vote by mail in Colorado rather than on Election Day in a traditional polling place, we’re talking elections and politics this month. Early voting begins October 18th, and voters will decide on a host of regional and statewide positions and issues.

You can download the full episode, or listen here:

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“The Issue” from RMCR sister station KDNK: Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101
Roundtable: the Political Climate of Colorado
Our Libertarian Past: The Freedom School and Rampart College

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

“The Issue” from Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station KDNK: Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101

Conrad Wilson and Mathew Katz of KDNK take a look a trio of ballot issues that could greatly affect the way the state and municipalities spend money.

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The edited version comes from a show produced by KDNK called “The Issue,” which is available by podcast. The full episode regarding these ballot initiatives is here (17:50):

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Roundtable: the Political Climate of Colorado

The political climate in Colorado in some ways mirrors what’s going on nationally. To help make some kind of sense of what’s going on, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down with Colorado College political science professor Bob Loevy, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs political science professor Josh Dunn, and Colorado State University Pueblo political science David Mallet.

Here’s the version as aired, which begins with Bob Loevy responding to the question of what’s going on generally in Colorado, and how the state fits into the national context.

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The full conversation is available here (just about 1 hour long):

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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.

Filed under: Andrea Chalfin,Budget,Colorado,Conrad Wilson,Education,Elections,Interview,Mathew Katz,Noel Black,Politics,RMCR,Western Skies — Andrea Chalfin, News Dir. @ 11:52 am
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