Art on the Avenue - Some of the sculptures MSAC has installed
The Manitou Springs Arts Council was established in 2004 for the purpose of serving both artists and the community. MSAC is a Public Charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and serves as the umbrella organization for the arts in Manitou. MSAC supports the visual, performance, holistic, literary and culinary disciplines. This diverse and eclectic range of art is a reflection of the unique place that is Manitou Springs.
Hundreds of middle school and high school students lit up the avenue with the 4th Annual Lantern Parade organized by Concrete Couch. MSAC has been a sponsor of this event in the past and provided funding to Concrete Couch again this year to enable artists to work with the students on their creative, illuminating costumes.
MSAC is helping sponsor the inaugural season of the Manitou Chamber Music Festival. The dates of the 2014 festival are July 20 – August 3. During the 2-week festival, students will study under and be coached by professional musicians, and then present 8 classical music concerts at various locations in Manitou Springs. Click here to visit the Manitou Chamber Music Festival website for specific information as the dates of the festival draw near.
MSAC’s "Adopt-A-Pedestal" program helps support our "Art on the Avenue" project. Thus far, the following businesses and individuals have stepped up to the plate as "Adopt-A-Pedestal" sponsors. These generous sponsors have contributed $14,600.
Ellen & Donald Anderson, Mike Barsotti, Bestway Disposal, Bill & 2 Chucks, LLP, Ellis & Bernadette Borders, Brooke Bower & Richard Nehring, Todd & Kaki Crystal, Mark & Carol Duster, Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Robert & Sara Ware Howsam, Ken & Sandy Jaray, Kathleen Johns, Ben & Raynelle Kuckel, David & Lisa Larue, Manitou Springs Real Estate, Jon & Becky Medved, Murphy Constructors of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, R. C. Powell & A. O'Brien, Signature Homes by Steve Scott, Dan & Gail Stuart, Sunset Buildings, The Bank at Broadmoor, The USAA Foundation, The Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Joseph C. Woodford, The Vann Family.
MSAC is the organizer and sponsor of an ongoing art show at the Edward Jones office, 329 Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs. The show includes paintings, photography, and mixed media, as well as signed prints by Christo & Jeanne-Claude. The office welcomes those interested in stopping in and seeing the artwork during its regular business hours.
The bright red school desk chair outside of the Manitou Art Center was recently restored, thanks to a generous matching grant by MSAC. This chair is a popular photo spot for visitors to Manitou Springs. Adults, as well as children, take pleasure in sitting in the chair and being dwarfed by its size.
An exhibit of chalk art adorned Manitou Springs' sidewalks until rainstorms washed them away. The artwork was created by students from high schools throughout the Pikes Peak region. The show was the second such show sponsored by the Manitou Springs Arts Council. The students had fun creating the art for people of all ages to enjoy.
MSAC is pleased to announce that it has increased its stipend from $350 to $500 under its public art program, "Art on the Avenue." "MSAC is interested in continuing to bring new artwork to town, and we hope that the increased stipend will encourage more artists to submit entries for our consideration," says Ben Kuckel, MSAC president.
Under the stipend arrangement, the artist remains the owner of the artwork, but loans it to MSAC for public display as part of its "Art on the Avenue" program.
The Manitou Springs Arts Council has added the bronze sculpture “Phoenix” to its permanent collection as part of its “Art on the Avenue” program. Pictured here are, from left to right, Ben Kuckel, MSAC president, artist Neil Fenton, and Mike Barsotti, owner of CK Comics and Collectibles, whose generosity helped in the purchase of the sculpture.
MSAC collaborated with our local school district a few years ago on a program involving our school children to create artistic banners for the City’s lamp posts. Through this ongoing program, the talents of many budding artists help enliven the downtown throughout the summer and fall months. As you stroll along the avenue, check them out!