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Arts Incubator of the Rockies Curriculum Design Unveiling

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The Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) is proud to announce a public unveiling of the AIR Curriculum Design that will highlight the hard work, time, and creativity that has been put into place over the past three months of developing the core curriculum.

On Wednesday, April 25th, AIR will be hosting an “Unveiling of Curriculum Design” from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Lincoln Center, Canyon West room.

Interested visual artists, writers, musicians, performers, designers, arts administrators, other creatives, and community members are invited to attend the presentation to learn more about the developments of what AIR will be offering beginning this fall.

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Why Audition for Streetmosphere?

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After selecting our group of 63 performers for the 2012 Streetmosphere summer series, we wondered – why did all these talented folks audition to perform on the streets of Fort Collins?

A collaborative list of answers by a few of Streetmosphere’s performers answers that question:

Sawmill“We are interested in being a part of our community here in Fort Collins. Our favorite venue for performance is an informal setting, where people can come and go and listen as they wish. Street performances are the most charming way to get our music out there to get people interested.”
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How to Choose the Best “Call for Entry”

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A Call for Entry is a great way for artists to gain exposure and stay active in their creative works. It can include any form of request from an art studio, exhibit, gallery, or even a contest.

There are differences among these types of entry requests and depending on the type of “call” is how you should plan your application response.

Call for artist websites are filled with opportunities and it can be hard to narrow down which ones you should take the time to apply for. So, how should you decide?

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Christo’s “Over the River” Project

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A dream in the making since 1992 – Christo’s “Over the River” project has been one with its trials and tribulations.

Not only does this artistic project extend beyond anyones imagination of possible outdoor art, it also reaches into some environmental issues and controversial topics.

Christo’s plan (as seen in the image) is to suspend 5.9 miles of fabric over a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.

Cool? Some say yes, some are unsure.

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Creative Capital Participants Selected

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 24 selected participants for the Creative Capital Workshop!

We had a 20% increase in submitted applications from last year’s Beet Street sponsored Creative Capital Workshop 2011 in Fort Collins, CO! This year, over 60 applications were submitted to participate in a “Professional Development Core Weekend Workshop” for artists.

After an application process of submitting online work, artistic samples, and a resume of their professional summary, a Creative Capital review panel selected the finalists. Based on the criteria that the participant could:

  • Demonstrate a successful track record of ongoing, professional artistic activity and high quality work, and who earn, or are seeking to earn, their full livelihoods from their art
  • Have creation of new work as a primary artistic focus (as compared to interpreting existing works)
  • Appear poised to transition to a new phase of his/her artistic career
  • Could benefit from setting professional goals and building upon marketing, fundraising, and financial management skills
  • Could benefit from a new network of professional contacts

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Great Plates & Great Tastes in Fort Collins

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Fort Collins is known for its wide variety in selections of restaurants and tasty places to eat around town, and the Downtown Business Association and member businesses have teamed up to bring “Great Plates” 2012 to Old Town for the fifth year in a row.

This tradition of eating will continue this year with 30 downtown restaurants that are set to offer incredible dining specials for a full two weeks! Restaurant quality, authenticity, and diversity can be found throughout this list of restaurants that are sure to make your stomachs – and your wallets – happy.

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Summer Street Art Around the Nation

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Streetmosphere is a one of a kind event in Fort Collins, CO – but nationally there are numerous other summer concert and outdoor art festival events that are similarly unique. Most events occur on a specific date – unlike the all summer long events of Streetmosphere that are consistent every weekend for your entertainment!

We have gathered a list of some of the top “cousins” to Streetmosphere and will continue to add to it as the summer months approach us!

Keep checking here for listings of events and outdoor festivals for your next summer trip.

  • Oregon – Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts
  • Columbia, SC – Vista After 5 & Jammin’ in July Music Festival
  • Boston, MA – The Boston Arts Festival (September 10th-1th1)
  • Santa Clara, CA – Festival of the Arts (weekly throughout the summer)
  • Austin, TX – The Pecan Street Festival
  • Indianapolis, IN – The 57th Annual Talbot Street Art Fair (June 9th&10th)
  • Massachusetts – stART on the Street  (June 3rd)
  • Breckenridge, CO – Street Art Festival (July 27,28,29)



Streetmosphere Live Auditions

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This weekend Beet Street will be hosting live auditions for its one of a kind summer performance series, Streetmosphere.

Streetmosphere is a multi – weekend event, that showcases our community’s unique artists, performers, and entertainers on the streets of Fort Collins. Performers range from musical acts, jugglers, magicians, acting troupes, comedians, dancers, storytellers, painters, and more!

How performers interact with an audience is a very important part of the audition. Beet Street invites you to come help in the process of finding the best talent showcased in Northern Colorado.

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What’s in a Name?

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Thinking of changing the name of your art business? You might want to consider these 6 points before playing the name game.

You want a title that customers know, that brands you, and represents your art as well as the business you have created behind it.

Once already establishing a name for your business it might seem hard to create a new image for yourself but, fear not! has created 6 tips that they consider to be the most pertinent from an artist/creator point of view.

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Creative Capital

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Beet Street is very proud to host a Professional Development Core Weekend Workshop for artists presented by the Creative Capital Foundation Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Fort Collins, CO.

The Core Weekend Workshop is the second time Creative Capital’s proven and award-winning programs are being offered in Colorado. Beet Street is able to host the workshop thanks to generous grants from the Kresge Foundation, Erion Foundation and the Bohemian Foundation.

This workshop is designed for visual artists, writers, musicians, composers, choreographers and other artists who create original work and want to take their talent to the next step. Artists in the workshop will not only benefit from the consultants considerable experience but also gain insight on new perspectives from the trained Creative Capital grantees. Participants will be introduced to many networking opportunities and techniques to take their creativity to the next level of success.

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