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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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You can also head to the individual segments for full audio and available online extras by clicking on any of the links below:

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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September 5, 2010

Western Skies, September 5, 2010: “Agriculture”

We all need to eat, and in this episode of Western Skies, we attempt to connect you with the people who produce our food. From community supported agriculture to traditional ranching, we’ve talked to people involved with this basic necessity, and bring you their stories.

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Conventional/Mainstream Agriculture Roundtable
Profile: Jay Frost
Local Agriculture Roundtable
4H Celebrates 100 Years
Profile: Hardcore Farmer
Prototype Mobile Slaughter Unit’s Debut
Examining the CSA Model
Commentary: Preparing Bees for Winter

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

Conventional/Mainstream Agriculture Roundtable

We’re going to begin with a roundtable discussion from a few people involved in what might be considered mainstream or more traditional agriculture. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer sat down with Shawn Martini of the Colorado Farm Bureau, 4th generation Lincoln County rancher Charles Hoffman, and Emily Lockard from the Colorado State University extension office in Pueblo.

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In this roundtable, Shawn Marinti references the Mountain Plover as an example of cooperation between conservationists and ranchers. Michelle Mercer has this look at the Mountain Plover, a story on agritourism that aired in the inaugural edition of Western Skies on tourism (June, 2010):

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Profile: Jay Frost

South of Colorado Springs, near the county line between El Paso and Pueblo, on the east side of Fountain Creek, Jay Frost works the land. Craig Richardson traveled there and spoke with Frost. He has this profile…and please note that Frost has aphasia which affects his speaking abilities.

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Local Agriculture Roundtable

Local agriculture takes on many different forms, and some consumers choose to purchase memberships to CSAs, some go to farmers markets, and some check the supermarkets for products produced in the state. Craig Richardson sat down with some folks in the area looking to promote local agriculture to talk about their efforts. Here he is with Larry Stebbins from Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Michele Mukatis from Peak to Plains and Cultivate Health, and Michael Hannigan, CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, which runs Venetucci Farm.

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Here’s the full conversation available for download, or you can listen online (about 37 minutes):

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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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Profile: Hardcore Farmer

Jamie Crocket in the weat fields of eastern Colorado

Many young people who grew up in cities are now moving to rural areas to try ranching and farming. As Noel Black reports, even some of the people you’d least expect are taking to the plows.

Listen to Jamie’s story (right-click or option-click to download, or click the play button to stream):

Hardcore Farmer

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Listen to some of Jamie Crockett’s songs:

“Rose for a Lie” by Nevertheless
Rose for a Lie

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“You Know What Jack Burton Would Say at a Time Like This” by Millionaire Murder Trial
“You Know What Jack Burton Would Say”

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Prototype Mobile Slaughter Unit’s Debut


(image courtesy of the Nebraska Environmental Action Coalition)

For many ranchers, there’s little choice for where to sell your cattle if they want to control the distribution or sell the butchered meat themselves. KRCC’s Noel Black visited a ranch in northwestern Kansas near the Colorado border where a small group of people is taking small steps to change that. Warning to listeners, some of the sounds and descritions in this piece are graphic.

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Prototype Mobile Slaughter Unit’s Debut

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Postscript: Megan Pusey, Director of Communications for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, an industry trade group, says the units are too new to make any substantive comment, but that their main concern is always to make sure safety parameters are ensured at this level as they would be at larger meat packing operations.

Examining the CSA Model

Whether traditional, organic or natural, the way Colorado farmers grow food continues to change throughout the state. One of those evolutions comes in CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture farms, that have emerged over the last 25 years. KRCC’s Ellen Mahoney has this look at the CSA model.

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Slideshow includes photos from Monroe Organic Farms (CSA) and the Munson Farm and Market.

Commentary: Preparing Bees for Winter

Donna Hartley and her husband, John, own Black Forest Honey. They maintain 150 hives east of Colorado Springs. Donna has this anecdote about what happens when the weather gets cooler, and how experienced beekeepers deal with the situation.

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The Bear and the Honeybee, and The Honeybee and Colors (3:13):

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The Swarm (3:12):

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Donna also shared some of her bee stories for the Citizen Report:

Musings of a Mad Beekeeper
Continued Musings of a Mad Beekeeper

Filed under: Agriculture/Ranching,Andrea Chalfin,Animal Rights/Wellfare,Children & Youth,Commentary,Craig Richardson,Donna Hartley,Ellen Mahoney,Humor,Interview,Michelle Mercer,Noel Black,Shanna Lewis,Slideshow,Western Skies — Andrea Chalfin, News Dir. @ 10:58 am
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