Outdoor music for Arts Month coming to city


Last updated 10/6/2021 at 2:12pm

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RAWBERT performs during the 2020 Arts Month series at Fountain City Hall. He will be one of the featured performers during the 2021 event.

The city of Fountain is hosting its second October Arts Month, with four events planned outside City Hall (116 S. Main St.). The first three events will be free music performances lasting from 6-8 p.m. The following artists will perform on the following dates:

SPUR – Oct. 13

Cynthia "the Fiddlin' Biker" Lynn – Oct. 14

RAWBERT – Oct. 15

As a final event, Fountain Parks and Recreation will show the movie "Trolls World Tour," starting at 8 p.m. after RAWBERT's performance.

The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region started October Arts Month in 2014, coinciding with National Arts and Humanities Month (started in 1993). The city of Fountain first participated in October Arts Month in 2020, with events lasting Oct. 19-23. Last year's events included acoustic music playing in the City Hall courtyard during the evenings, and a Public Sidewalk Chalk Walk where residents created sidewalk murals along Ohio Avenue between Main Street and Race Street.

Kimberly Bailey, executive director for Fountain Urban Renewal Authority, is organizing this year's October Arts Month. She noted how some musicians featured (most notably RAWBERT) are Fountain Valley local artists, and how the event creates space for community engagement.

"[October] Arts Month provides a means of community engagement for our residents and visitors in a public safe outdoor environment, while also providing an equitable opportunity to all residents to experience the arts," Bailey said.

While the 2020 October Arts Month was affected by health regulations and other factors, Bailey pointed out that it still got a good community response, which she hopes will increase this year.

"We are hoping for nice, fall weather, families seeking the opportunity to soak up the arts in an outdoor environment and the appreciative value to community offerings," she said. "In our inaugural year hosting [this event], we experienced cold, unseasonable weather and COVID-19 impacts. The arts program attracted 80-plus attendees over the course of the week hosted; we felt those were great attendance numbers in light of what we were up against at the time. In October 2021, we are hopeful to draw higher attendance numbers."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to City Hall for the music performances. There are no maximum attendance limits for the event, but guests are encouraged to practice social distancing, and there will be hand sanitizer stations for public use. After-hours parking will be available at the back of City Hall and in the Fountain Library/Aragon school parking lot.

To find out more about October Arts Month, contact Kimberly Bailey ([email protected]) or Joannna Stockton ([email protected]).


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