Category Public Art

Register to help paint 10/17-10/19
11am – 1pm

Register here!

What’s the Goal? The purpose of this mural is to activate an otherwise empty, unfinished wall temporarily while the community determines what comes next for the building. We can’t tell the entire history of Manitou Springs in one mural, but we can we celebrate an aspect of this building’s story as a place of music and movement through dance.

How Long Will the Work Be on Display? This is hard to gauge because it depends on budgets and decisions outside of our role, but the working group estimates 1-3 years.

Why this project is happening: The Hiawatha Gardens Task Force approached us in the fall of 2021 with a request to work with the City of Manitou Springs in creating a temporary work of public art. We aim to install a mural on the western wall during October Arts Month. The inspiration for this project stems from the function of the historic building as a dancehall filled with music and movement. To volunteer, sign up here.

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STREET CLOSURE DATES: 10/17 – 10/19 

If you remember last year, artists painted 52 turtles on the street to test two different epoxy sealants and neither one of them withstood the amount of traffic and weather that this congested area of town sees in the course of a few fall months. The pilot taught us that we need more permanent materials, so Smokebrush Foundation artists led by Manuel Pulido and Kat Tudor are partnering with the City of Manitou to create works of art in each El Paso Blvd. crosswalk from City Hall to Old Man’s Trail at Manitou Avenue. The advanced materials they’re using aren’t volunteer-friendly, but you’re welcome to come watch and cheer them on or sign up to volunteer with artists K8e Orr and Joel Newmiller to paint “The Dance of TAVA” at our transit hub here.


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This new piece is funded by the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority’s $250,000 commitment to public art within the Urban Overlay Zone, which stretches from the gateway entrance to Manitou Springs to the intersection of Manitou Avenue and US Highway 24. This represents a small piece of the MSURA’s million dollar plus investment in the  Avenue Action project, which has recently completed flood mitigation, road improvements and expansions to multimodal access to the area.
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 In honor of the first full week back to school, Manitou Springs Arts Council (MSAC) and Manitou Springs Creative District (MSCD) announced a Baby Dino Naming Contest for the latest art installation in the community. The winner will receive a $250 prize package comprised of a $50 gift card to Theo’s Toys and $200 in Manitou Money.
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