Welcome to the Colorado Springs Community Cultural Collective’s (CSCCC) newest venture: Opus Creative Industries (Opus). Born from a passion for community, creativity, and progress, Opus is the CSCCC’s initiative to fuse people’s passions with prosperous career pathways. With a rich history of fostering artistic and cultural engagement, CSCCC has evolved from its initial mission to rejuvenate the City Auditorium and is focused on transforming challenges into opportunities for workforce development and job creation.
Opus Creative Industries, the workforce programs for the Colorado Springs Community Cultural Collective, is where potential meets opportunity. The name “Opus” resonates with our mission, derived from the Latin for ‘work’ and reflected in the modern meaning of a significant artistic endeavor. This dual definition captures the essence of our goal: to deliver real-time, earn-and-learn educational experiences that serve the community through connecting purpose and productivity.
As we transition from our focus on the City Auditorium, Opus represents a new direction — yet remains intimately tied to our original principles. Under the leadership of Linda Weise, CEO and president of CSCCC, Opus connects individuals to jobs and their passions, paving the way to future prosperity.
Our diverse programs cater to various creative industries, including culinary arts, media, theater technical design, and early childhood education enriched with music and dance. From the budding chefs and restaurant owners in our culinary and hospitality program to the exploration of art and music in our Simple Gift Schoolhouse playgroups, Opus nurtures the seeds of creativity across Colorado Springs.
Anticipation is high for our upcoming digital media and theater technical arts program, which will launch in 2024. Given the success of our existing initiatives, we are confident in the bright future of these new endeavors.
As CSCCC seeks a new home for these blossoming programs, our commitment to job training and empowering creatives in education, culinary arts, and theater technology is unwavering. Join us as we continue to weave passion with purpose and continue our journey of learning, growth, and creativity that promises to enrich our community. We invite you to join us — your opus awaits.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Join us to learn skills through workshops and coaching to combine music, movement, and early reading skills. This program emphasizes taking risks, fun, building teams and being creative while teaching.
During this 2,000-hour program, students get paid to learn about a variety of media arts programs — digital video, multimedia production, lighting, costume design, human resource management, marketing, finance, music, graphic arts. Industry professionals do the training and students work on community-led projects for real-world experience while getting paid for their work and creating a portfolio.
CULINARY & HOSPITALITY
Our first-of-its-kind Advanced Hospitality and Culinary Apprenticeship program offers participants the chance to be creative with the menu and prepare students by allowing them to delve into the fast-paced world of restaurants while building skills and making decisions on their own. The eight-week program leaves them ready for a career in the industry.