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The Community Creative Center is Open

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The Community Creative Center is open at the Historic Carnegie Building! Beet Street moved into the 3rd floor offices last March and has been working with the city and the Lincoln Center to plan, program and prepare the building for the public.

The Lincoln Center is managing the 2nd floor Gallery and opened with a bang last Friday! Over 50 artists were in line when the doors opened for an Open Hang – a first-come, first-served, fill-the-walls from floor-to-ceiling exhibition.

Before the Doors Opened

Before the Doors Opened

By 4pm, all 160 artists that came found wall space….

Hanging artwork

and a beautiful exhibition was formed:

Open Hang Exhibition

The Open Hang Exhibition is on view until August 24th, Saturdays from noon-4pm and during a First Friday Gallery Walk opening hosted by Beet Street, August 2nd, 6-9pm.

Come see us!

Located at 200 Mathews Street, the Community Creative Center’s main gallery space is managed by the Lincoln Center. Details on how YOU can rent the space can be found here beginning August 12.

Manabí Salsa Band Inspired Dancing Crowds

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The first salsa band in town, Manabí really got the Front Range Village crowd moving with their Latin beats.

Streetmosphere South is Starting Soon!

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Downtown can’t have all the fun. Get ready for Streetmosphere South, which is starting July 5 and runs for 5 weekends through August 3.

Streetmosphere expanded last year to Front Range Village, which is the shopping area near Harmony Rd. and Corbett Dr. This year brings an exciting new addition to spice things up a little more – a Saturday Concert Series! And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the lineup:

  • July 6 – The Holler! A quartet with a bluegrassy sound, rock n’ roll personality and passionate vocals delivered with mountaintop exclamation.
  • July 13 – Liz Barnez and Streetmosphere Friends A wonderfully eclectic singer/songwriter joined by several Streetmosphere favorites.
  • July 20  – Danielle Ate the Sandwich Nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter from Fort Collins
  • July 27 – Manabí Salsa Band The first salsa band in town, playing pure Latin salsa that is perfect for both families and dancing crowds.
  • August 3 – Kenny Cordova & the Olde Rock Band Presenting the greatest rock and roll, motown, and country music hits.

The concerts will be Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. On Fridays during those 5 weeks there will be a more traditional Streetmosphere experience in Front Range Village, with multiple performances at once from 6-9pm including Opera Fort Collins, The Honey Gitters and the Escape Goats.

We are excited to see you down there!

This is a previous concert held in Front Range Village. There is a nice big lawn, bring your blankets!

To review:

Streetmosphere South

July 5-August 3, 2013

Fridays 6-9pm and Saturday Concert Series 6:30-8:30pm

Downtown will still be running as well! Saturdays 12:30-8:30pm and Sundays 12:30-4:30pm

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June 25th, 2013 at 8:25 am

Streetmosphere Stats

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Because we’re so thrilled about starting the 2013 season just one week from tomorrow, we would like to take a moment to look back and see how the program has grown since its inaugural season in 2010.

  • Over 1,100 performances have taken place!
  • This year, there will be 17% youth acts, with a special Poudre School District Elementary School Showcase and a Little Kids Rock Showcase.
  • Public attendance of street performances grew from 60,000 in 2010 to nearly 150,000 in 2012.
  • Approximately 55% of visitors to Old Town come specifically to see Streetmosphere artists and performers (based on in-person surveys)
  • More than 50 local businesses and organizations have provided financial support of the program.
  • The number of qualified applications received grew from 90 the first year to 125 this year.

We look forward to seeing you as a part of this year’s crowd!

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May 2nd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Celebrate the Arts This Holiday Season

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One of the greatest qualities of art is that it creates shared experiences that brings people together especially during the holiday season where families and friends are visiting from near and far.

Fort Collins showcases a wonderful array of artistic performances and experiences that are enjoyable for all ages and that make wonderful gifts. There is theatre, music, dance, art exhibitions, and so much more. This holiday season, where there is so much for us to celebrate, why not take your family or friends to a live performance, buy locally crafted arts, or make a donation to an organization that you care about.

If you’d like to share a holiday performance with your family and friends, we’ve highlighted a few of these wonderful shows, but there is so much more that you can find at www.artbeetfc.com:

  • Almost, Maine, presented by Bas Bleu Theatre Company, opens your heart to things unseen in humorous yet compelling stories of life and love in a small Maine town. Performances run through December 30th.
  • A Musical Christmas Carol by la-de-da, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic tale “A Christmas Carol” with Scrooge and the Spirits that haunt him, plays at Lincoln Center December 21st-23rd.
  • Colorado Bach Ensemble Presents Handel’s Messiah will be performed on December 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

For those of you who love to shop, locally crafted gifts can be found throughout the City including the following:

  • Poudre Studio Artists will host its Miniature Art Show of handmade, original, and thoughtful gifts by artists from around the Front Range
  • Trimble Court Artisans shares its tradition of creating ornaments and gifts for the holidays, and

If holiday lights are what excite you about this festive season, the trees throughout downtown are decorated with thousands of LED lights to help brighten the dark skies and the Gardens on Spring Creek hosts it’s Garden of Lights through December 31st with a host of activities for the entire family!

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December 17th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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Key to the Future

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Creativity is one of those traits everyone wants a little more of and you can never have enough of. It is a characteristic pursued in both the art and the business world. According to the Americans for the Arts, “… creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders…the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.”

Innovation becomes more important as we experience current challenges and attempt to predict problems of subsequent years. It is important to examine creativity as an entity in our lives and the role it plays in shaping our future.

To look at how we can encourage it in our children, inspire it in our daily lives, enhance it in our workplace, and take the steps necessary to grow creativity in our communities.

Resources to expand knowledge on the nature of creativity are abundant. Local creatives and artists, books, magazines, and especially the Internet, – information on creativity is everywhere. A great place to search for them online is our AIR (Arts Incubator of the Rockies) website. The Knowledge Center is full of videos, articles, and more on creative topics.

Celebrating Freedom

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Post election, we should be proud that we performed our duty as citizens, exercising our right to vote. We voted for national leaders, local leaders, judges, referendums, amendments, statutes, ordinances, and more—but the important thing is that we were able to vote.

The ability to vote reminds us of the freedoms that we enjoy everyday in this wonderful country, that of which were preserved through the sacrifice of our people.  Our current servicemen/servicewomen and veterans are true heroes.

The experiences and thoughts of a soldier are difficult to describe in words. Art offers an opportunity to express opinions in a universal language.  Poudre Studio Artists & Galleries is featuring art by veterans and about our military and country in their exhibition, “Freedom Isn’t Free.”

The show honors those who serve or have served, and gives tribute to the very ideal they fought for. Veterans day is on November 11th, but we must not limit our appreciation and memorial to a single day. Remember our veterans and celebrate them in every way possible.

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November 8th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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Jazzin’ It Up

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MDT3, with a special guest (right center), in front of Mo's Bar-B-Que on Friday night.

This past Friday, I began my internship with Beet Street. What a fun night to start out!There were performances and artists to pique anyone’s interest. My favorite, however, had to be MDT3.

MDT3 is a jazz trio made up of Ron Holleman (trumpet), Chuck Landgraf (drums), and Tim Gauthier (guitar). These gentlemen have been involved in the Colorado jazz scene for quite some time now and they each belong to multiple bands besides MDT3.  They name their group after Ron’s marquis instrument: the Morrison Digital Trumpet (MDT). Though Ron is a very talented trumpeter, he played the MDT just about as often as he did his traditional instruments on Friday.

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The Dog Days of Summer

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Ike poses for a photo at College and Mountain

Not all Streetmosphere fans come out on two legs. Usually, there’s more than one furry, four-legged friend in the crowd, and the last weekend of June was no exception. One of our most dedicated fan-dogs is a little grey terrier named Ike.

Ike, along with his owner, loves to experience the sights and sounds of Downtown. Whether it’s a visual artist painting, such as the lovely Ren Burke, or the whimsical sounds of Fiddle Whamdiddle, Ike is always more than happy to visit. His owner mentioned that he loves to be downtown, and that coming out for Streetmosphere has become a weekly ritual.

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Only in Fort Collins

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One of many musicians unique to the Fort Collins scene: dACCORDion.

Only in Fort Collins can you expect to find a surprise around every corner. That’s Streetmosphere’s slogan, and we’re sticking to it!

The program just completed its seventh weekend of performances in Old Town, Fort Collins. Despite some bad weather and some smoky air, we couldn’t be more pleased with the performances, the artists, and the crowds that have come out to support Streetmosphere every weekend.

All these feelings of nostalgia prompted the “street team” to dig deeper—to uncover the things about Streetmosphere and Fort Collins that are truly different than anywhere else in the world. It wasn’t difficult to find these things; in fact, the list had grown exponentially after just one day of observation.

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