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The AIR Shift Workshop: Lessons for Life

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Beet Street is hosting a weekend workshop September 20-22 for anyone who wants to boost their career or build their community.

One of the most unique aspects of the AIR Shift Workshop is that it brings something different to everyone by connecting creativity and business in innovative ways. If you are a visual artist, musician, writer or performer you will learn how to bring business tools into your creative practice and how to find partners and funders. If you are an accountant, lawyer, teacher, or business owner you will learn how you can benefit from working with artists and how you can bring more creativity to your day job. You may even find the inspiration and skills to begin a new venture or career change.

During the three day workshop you will discover new opportunities in the new economy of innovation and art, learn design thinking and business planning in a hands-on process, develop new relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, imagine new career paths, and develop your own personal action plan.

High School Science teacher Jan Harrison said, “I was ready for a change and AIR Shift gave me a place to start. I now have the confidence and practical skills to begin a new creative venture and will also bring this inspiration to my current job.” Jan went on to take the AIR Evolve Program which guides participants through launching their own creative venture over 6 months. Now she says, “My business isn’t just a dream any more, it is a real venture in process, and I owe it all to the Arts Incubator of the Rockies’ Shift and Evolve lessons and tools, as well as the instructors, coaches, and fellow artists I met through these programs”

Join the participants who are already registered for the September AIR Shift Workshop from New York, Utah, and all over Colorado. The $225 workshop fee includes meals and happy hours during the weekend and a year-long membership to the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, which brings many benefits of its own.

If you are ready to develop and launch your own venture, the AIR Shift Workshop is also a prerequisite for the six month AIR Evolve Program which begins in October. The $900 AIR Evolve Program (monthly payment plans available by emailing info@airartsincubator.org) includes nine specialized classes to focus on practical business tools and six executive coaching sessions to provide individualized feedback and motivation for your project. You will use design thinking, the AIR Venture Canvas, and Lean Startup principles to refine your venture and make it a reality.

All AIR programs are designed to serve and connect creatives, businesses, and the larger community. Only you can say where that might lead you. Learn More and Register Today.

Thank You All for a Great Season!

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This has been another wonderful Streetmosphere season, with live performances all summer long, both downtown and in South Fort Collins. There are many people and organizations that are behind all of this free, public art, and we want to make sure everyone knows who has contributed their time, money, and talents to make Streetmosphere possible!


First and foremost, we thank this year’s sponsors: Otterbox, OtterCares, the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the Bohemian Foundation, Front Range Village, KUNC, Killer Rabbit and White Balcony, and Go West. These businesses and organizations listed on the Streetmosphere signs each week as well as all of those in the Streetmosphere Guidebook made a major commitment to the program from the start and we could not do it without them.

In addition, we had an incredible show of public support through our Streetmosphere Kickstarter campaign. We can’t thank our 320 Kickstarter supporters enough for pitching in to fill the funding gap we experienced this year.

In addition to funding, we have a dedicated and hardworking team of on-street stage managers and interns. They are the people ones that set-up, organize, and problem-solve each weekend to make the season run smoothly.


Finally, we could not do ANYTHING at all without our amazingly talented Streetmosphere performers. This year there were 90 unique acts, from youth dance groups to rock bands and improv comedy. We thank you all for sharing your art, for engaging with the community in such a personal way, for at times braving harsh sun and hail, and for being professional and graceful through it all.



Thank you all. We can’t wait to do it all again with you next year! 

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.

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

Streetmosphere is Just Around the Corner

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Even though there is still snow on the ground, here at Beet Street, we’ve got Streetmosphere on our minds. This year’s season begins on Mother’s Day weekend, and May 10 will be here before we know it. We will be back in Old Town every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. We will also be back at Front Range Village in South Fort Collins July 5 – August 3, with Friday night performances and a NEW Saturday evening concert series!

We are very pleased to announce that we will bring over 90 acts to the streets of Fort Collins this season! That is a 48% increase from last year, allowing us to support more performers and provide a greater variety of entertainment. It was wonderful to see over 120 talented acts apply this year – thanks to all of you.

These increases say a lot about the program. First, that the word about Streetmosphere is spreading, not only in Fort Collins, but throughout Colorado. We are proud to see how far Streetmosphere has come in just three years, helping to put Fort Collins on the map as an arts and culture destination. There are also several cities that are  interested in starting a similar program, and we are working with them to discover how they might bring Streetmosphere to their own communities.

You can keep up to date with with Streetmosphere by liking Beet Street and Streetmosphere on Facebook, and following Beet Street on Twitter. We’ll keep you posted!

Fresh AIR

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The Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) is a new program created in collaboration with Beet Street, Colorado State University, and the City of Fort Collins. But, instead of just Colorado based, it is a 10 state regional arts incubator program with a beautifully crafted website as its foundation.

The AIR website provides a place where artists can share and get feedback on their work, collaborate with other artists, look for job opportunities in the Opportunity Center, watch inspirational videos, and read helpful articles in the Knowledge Center. Also offered, are the Shift and Evolve workshops, which were generated to develop and expand individuals’ confidence and success in their professional journeys. Overall, It is an amazing site centered around and specifically constructed for all kinds of artists and art organizations.

There is an option to be a free or paid member (added benefits and features for paid members), and with paid memberships starting at $50 annually, the benefits outweigh the cost. AIR combines marketing opportunity, a constructive artist community, and the convenience of multiple tools for artists in one place.

The more members who join AIR, the deeper the benefits and the higher the quality the website becomes. If you haven’t already, check out the website and all its amazing features, become a member, and tell all your friends.

The end is near…

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Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting in the grass, listening to music on a warm weekend afternoon. I had the opportunity to do this three times this past weekend—twice listening to the jazzy beats of the Steve Johnson Group and once enjoying the softer melodies of the Seers. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

The Steve Johnson Group is a Streetmosphere regular. They wedge themselves into the back corner of Oak Street Plaza, fitting at least five people and more than five instruments, plus a water cooler, amps and speakers, and all sorts of other equipment under a big, blue tent. They may be located way in the back, but their music can be heard from all around the plaza and beyond. They play old favorites, such as Steely Dan, as well as non-lyrical jazz tunes.

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Community Members Join In

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dAccordian plays with a community member Sunday at Front Range Village

This past weekend, New West Fest brought crowds into Downtown Fort Collins, spilling out over the festival area, enjoying music, art, and the wonderful atmosphere. There was a true sense of community this week, with people coming together to celebrate and enjoy the festivities together. But not just Downtown! At Front Range Village, Streetmosphere was building community as well, encouraging patrons of the shopping center to stop and have a listen. Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Con Brio

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Despite construction closures and tremendous traffic jams, people came out to the streets Friday night to hear a variety of Streetmosphere musicians. This was the first weekend of the summer where the majority of performers have been musical, with Susan K. Dailey being the only visual artist on the lineup.

People loved the unique sounds of the four musical groups: MDT 3, the Steve Johnson Group, the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet, and the String Quartet Con Brio.

I’ve already written about the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet and the Steve Johnson Group, but MDT 3 and the String Quartet Con Brio deserve some attention.

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Enthusiastic Streetmosphere Fan!

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Branden Sipes performing with Streetmosphere, photograph taken by Tim Van Schmidt

Tim Van Schmidt is a craftsman, and a freelance writer and photographer. He specializes in writing about contemporary music on the local and national level. An experienced writer, Van Schmidt wrote for The Coloradoan as the music columnist, for the Fort Collins Forum as the entertainment columnist, as well as edited for Scene Magazine, of which he is a co-founder. Since then, Van Schmidt has been publishing his writing and photographs online.

Van Schmidt’s photography career really blossomed because of his writing. When attending concerts to write a review, he was always asked, “Do you also want a photo pass?” Since then, he has photographed many artists, such as Clapton, Springsteen, U2 – and of course our Streetmosphere performers!

Tim followed the end of the 2011 Streetmosphere program and photographed eight of the performers in Old Town. This year, Van Schmidt says that “checking up on Streetmosphere is a regular part of my summer!!” He has photographed twenty-two of our artists so far in both our downtown and Front Range Village locations.

Live music is what keeps Van Schmidt ticking, and Fort Collins doesn’t disappoint. Out of the hundreds of cities he has visited, he says that “Fort Collins has gone way beyond the average city.” Our city provides programs like Noontime Notes in Oak Street Plaza, concerts in Old Town square, FOCOMX, Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, and of course Streetmosphere to promote live music and its native artists.

Van Schmidt enjoys the diversity and accessibility Streetmosphere offers and says that “it would be a crime not to take advantage of what is offered in so much abundance.”

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