When: Tue., July 13, 9 a.m. 2010
Any and all parties interested in the health of local arts should try and make it to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) today for two purposes. First, Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser will speak at 9 a.m. on rescuing culture and arts in the community as part of his 50-state tour, "Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative." His interview-style presentation will address problems that nonprofit performing arts organizations are facing, with suggested solution strategies. Kaiser earned the nickname "the Turnaround King" for his work revitalizing the Royal Opera House in London, the American Ballet Theatre and other once-struggling companies. Tickets are free, but RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
While there, check out a couple new FAC shows, Gib Singleton: Religious and Spiritual Works and Earl Biss: Between Sky, Earth and Water. Renowned bronze sculptor Singleton is probably the only artist with works in the collections of the Vatican Museum, the MOMA, the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the State of Israel. How's that for some wicked diversity? Biss, an American Indian painter, also works in genre-bending styles, melding Western art and abstract expressionism in his pieces. Both shows run through Nov. 14, with admission running $8.50 to $10 for non-members. — Edie Adelstein
Price: Free, tickets required.