The public is invited to the second in a series of community meetings “to help inspire and shape the future of the City Auditorium…”, according to a press release. The meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 16 at the City Auditorium, 221 East Kiowa St.
“After a well-presented first community meeting in October and numerous breakout sessions, the Colorado Springs Community Cultural Collective (Cultural Collective) identified a gap for practice and performance venues, programs and education tailored to small children. cultural organizations in need of affordable mid-size venues and creative workspaces, a role that a revitalized City Auditorium will fill,” the statement read. “The structure of the business model is to enable the use of the City Auditorium by a wide range of organizations and community members, including all populations, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability and language.”
During the meeting, attendees will hear an update on the project from Chris Wineman, Semple Brown Architects and other key stakeholders, and have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions on the themes of the architecture/history of the City Auditorium, cultural collective programming opportunities and volunteer initiatives.
Collective cultural vision: The City of Colorado Springs has signed a memorandum of understanding with the nonprofit Cultural Collective to determine the viability of its proposal for the “proactive operation and professional management” of the auditorium, according to the release. “The Cultural Collective’s vision is to renovate, restore and revitalize the City Auditorium to support a cultural downtown that is accessible to all residents and that will ensure the preservation of the city’s history and public use. ‘auditorium for the next 100 years.’ According to the release, the proposal “will provide much-needed maintenance, safety upgrades, ADA compliance, interior finish and acoustics upgrades, and upgrades to mechanical, plumbing, electrical and structural”.
The memorandum of understanding, according to the statement, does not include the transfer of ownership of the City Auditorium. A transfer of ownership would follow a period of successful due diligence as part of a final allotment agreement and must comply with the City of Colorado Springs Procedure Manual for the Acquisition and Disposal of Real Estate Interests. Go to communityculturalcollective.org for more information.