I think I can speak for anyone who's ever faced a big project when I say, "Oh god, it's going to be a disaster." Every year, I anxiously wonder if we'll get enough event submissions for this guide. I fret over how much of a catastrophe the issue will be — because nothing's ever so-so, it's bad-bad, you know.
But every year, my fears are allayed. My inbox is consistently filled with submissions from theater companies, artists, galleries and other organizations that want in. And those submissions are the product of hard work, and an extra level of dedication, given that few are pursuing these cultural endeavors without a supplemental day job. Ultimately, it leaves us at the Indy feeling like there's an organic, lively scene out there, doing its own thing — and growing.
Take for instance RAW: Colorado Springs, a recently added local chapter of a national organization that hosts monthly artist showcases. Designed to help young artists gain exposure, it also draws in the community, setting up a kind of art date for everyone.
While RAW is new, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company is celebrating its silver anniversary. With that milestone achieved, it's revitalizing its programming by adding more shows to its regular season, as well as a second-stage season and a new ticketing structure with low-cost — and up-close — seats.
Of course, old or new, nothing may better exemplify our cultural fiber than the art community's response to the Waldo Canyon Fire. For instance, the FAC housed artworks in its safe, heat- and humidity-controlled coffers for evacuees, and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has collected artifacts from the burn site for an exhibit next year, and its permanent collection.
There are so many noteworthy efforts afoot, and although this issue is as packed as we could make it, we know it's by no means completely comprehensive. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or comment at csindy.com with what we missed. I'll be watching and waiting, and probably still wringing my hands.