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Artist Opportunities in Fort Collins

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The Lincoln Center is one of Colorado’s largest and most diverse presenters of professional theatre, dance, music, visual arts and children’s programs. With its mission of  being a leader in cultural experience and being an essential value to the community, the center provides unique opportunities for creatives of all types to show off their artistic abilities.

Upcoming opportunities at the Lincoln Center:


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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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Congrats to the Selected Streetmosphere Performers!

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Beet Street would like to give a “thumbs up!” to the selected performers for Streetmosphere 2012!

After a long process of video submissions, live auditions, and anticipation, the final list of more than 60 performers has been collaborated! You can see the full list of artists and Streetmosphere sponsors at:

You can also check out the Beet Street website for updates and information regarding when and where performances will occur.

Be sure to visit the Streetmosphere Facebook page to connect with the performers before and after they hit the streets of Fort Collins all summer long.

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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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The Larimer Chorale presents: Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”

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The Larimer Chorale, under the direction of Michael Todd Krueger, opens their 35th anniversary season with Carl Orff’s, Carmina Burana!

Imagine nearly 200 singers, dancers, and instrumentalists joining forces for one of the most celebrated choral masterworks of all time! The Chorale will be joined by IMPACT Dance Company, Centennial Children’s Chorus, the CSU Percussion Ensemble, and featured soloists.

Purchase your tickets today for the Saturday, October 22nd performance at Lincoln Center. Start time is 7:30 p.m. but there’s a pre-concert talk beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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October 20th, 2011 at 11:53 am

Ansel Adams Comes to Fort Collins

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The more time you spend with Ansel Adams’ photographs, the more you appreciate his incredible accomplishment as an artist.    Fun Facts:  Adams printed more than 13,000 original prints from approximately 2,000 negatives that he chose from the  more than 40,000 negatives he made during his lifetime.  The exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art contains some 47 of his most revered images–from “Moonrise Hernandez” (1941) taken in New Mexico to “Monolith, The Face of the Half Dome” (1927) shot in Yosemite National Park.   It has been an honor to share this show with the community!  Because these are vintage, original photographs developed by Adams himself in his darkroom, we’re required to keep the lights in the gallery very low (5 foot candles or less) but its definitely bright enough to see each photograph in its glory!   Go to for information about hours and admission fees.

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February 16th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Resolve to enjoy more local culture in 2011 – and here are some tools to help

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Originally published in the Coloradoan.
By Ryan Keiffer, Executive Director of Beet Street


As the Executive Director of Beet Street, I am blessed to have the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting arts and culture activities that Fort Collins has to offer. And, as someone who has lived in or visited many great arts communities throughout the world, I continue to be amazed at the quality, quantity, and diversity of the cultural offerings available to us, right here in our great community.

Whether you’re looking for classical arts such as symphony, opera, or ballet; contemporary offerings of the traditional arts such as live music, dance, theatre, film, or visual arts; or an expanded sense of Fort Collins “culture” such as beer, bicycles, food, history, recreation, or science – Fort Collins has it all.

There is so much available, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to stay on top of it all. One of the questions I get asked most often about our arts and culture scene is how to stay abreast of all the options available to us.

Beet Street and the Fort Collins Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to offer an improved online calendar system with a fresh new look, a more user-friendly searching interface, and more enhanced features so you can easily discover all the amazing events that Fort Collins has to offer.

If you’re looking specifically for arts and culture, the new calendar presents all Fort Collins cultural events in one place, allowing you to search by date range, or browse through categories such as music, theatre and dance, literary arts, history and heritage, and more. There’s even a mobile version for easier searching from your smartphone.

If you want to make it even easier, sign up for ArtBeet Weekly, Beet Street’s weekly e-newsletter. Formerly Re:Beet, Art Beet Weekly was re-designed for easier browsing, and features 10 top events from the calendar as well as a handful of feature articles about specific arts and culture happenings. You can sign up for ArtBeet Weekly at the Beet Street website,

And if you’re looking for more than arts and culture, such as sports and recreation, health and wellness, home and garden, or anything else that suits your fancy, you can visit the Fort Collins Convention & Visitors Bureau’s enhanced calendar of all Fort Collins events at, which uses the same improved user interface functionality as you’ll find at

Arts groups, artists, and events organizers are encouraged to add their events onto the calendars. Any posted arts and culture event will automatically be featured on both the and calendars. Arts groups and individual artists can also use the functionality to promote their events on their own website, making it much easier to post and manage their own calendars.

I hope you’ll join me in resolving in 2011 to attend more of the local cultural experiences available to us, right here in Fort Collins. You may just be surprised by the vitality of our arts and cultural community – but you certainly won’t be disappointed.