Newsletter – The City Aud Project – Issue 1

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Welcome to the premiere edition of our newsletter. We are excited to share news and updates on the City Aud Project, directly from the Community Cultural Collective team. But first, a word from Mayor John Suthers. 

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A Word from Semple Brown Design

A Shared Memory from Board Member, Ed Nichols

Join Us and Support the City Aud Project

Introducing the Community Cultural Collective Team

Coming Soon: Illuminate City Aud

Call to Action: Share Your Story & City Aud Trivia

Upcoming: Calendar of Events & Sponsor Highlights

Chris Wineman
Principal at Semple Brown

Semple Brown is celebrating their 40th year as a Colorado-based architecture and interior design firm. They have specialized in the renovation and adaptive reuse of historic structures since the 1980s, and in performing arts and cultural facilities for more than three decades. “The City Auditorium is exactly the kind of project that challenges us – important to the community, desperately in need of new thinking, and poised to be even more valuable to Colorado Springs than ever before,” says Chris Wineman.

Ed Nichols

Current CCC Board Member, Current CEO,  Joshua School
Former CEO, History Colorado


“As a youth growing up in Colorado Springs I attended many events at the City Auditorium. These included memorable ones like watching the Harlem Globetrotters with Meadowlark Lemon, and as a Cub Scout having the dubious job of following the elephants from the Barnum and Bailey Circus with a pail and a shovel.” 

Linda Weise
President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Community Cultural Collective

There is an exciting future in store for our historic City Auditorium.  The team from the CSCCC, along with local and regional leaders are working hard to put all the pieces in place to ensure a vibrant, relevant outcome.  The building is 100 years old, and no doubt, lots of information to gather.

During this time, we invite you, our community friends and families to come alongside us and support this vision. 

Donations to the Cultural Collective of any and all sizes will make tremendous impact on our ability to accomplish all that needs to be done!

You can also make a donation through the Enterprise Zone. Learn more and make a donation by  clicking here!


– Linda Weise

From the Desk of Linda Weise:

Welcome to the official newsletter for the City Auditorium Project, brought to you by the Community Cultural Collective. This has been a tremendous journey of shared vision, beliefs, learning, fortitude, creativity, passion, tireless work, inspiring meetings and an enormous amount of time and effort. In 2018, we submitted a proposal in response to the RFP issued by the City of Colorado Springs. Since then, I have been on a journey that I could have never imagined. It is exhilarating and in the end, it comes down to the one most essential element– people. The most impressive, intelligent, and committed individuals surround this project. It is evident that it is a project of labor, love, and vision for the future. A future for this historic building and the impact it will all have on our community, region, and state. Sounds lofty – it is the truth. It is an inspiring moment for us all. 

I want to take a moment and introduce you to a few of these people here. We have a tremendous Board of Directors and a brilliant finance team, led by a profound and experienced finance committee. Our Design and Construction teams are – Semple Brown and the amazing folks at Saunders Norwood Construction. There are also tax credit experts, programming partners, state legislators as well as leaders from the City and County. Most importantly, there is community fervently backing up all our efforts, and for you all, we are eternally grateful. In the end, everyone is working hard every day towards the ultimate vision of creating a true community cultural hub with access for all.

None of this would be possible without the presence, will and brilliance of our internal team. It is a team that I genuinely believe has presented itself as it was supposed to. They possess expertise in specific areas, and we all work so well together. There is a principal factor of trust and will that each of these humans possess and they exhibit it every day. So, meet my teammates, we are a small but mighty group. Finance, coordination, liability, programming, scheduling – they are amazing at it all. I am pleased for you all to get to know each one of them. They are so special and come to work every day with joy, presence, and a belief in this vision and the desire to get it done. I could not be more grateful! More introductions in every edition to come. Enjoy!

– Linda Weise, President & CEO of the Community Cultural Collective

Yemi Sanchez, Lauren Martinez, Beth Kohr and Mary Russell Baucom

City Auditorium has been at the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs for generations. Originally built in 1923, it has been where many fond memories were made, to include: hosting the Barnum and Bailey Circus, Harlem Globetrotters, Johnny Cash and more. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a multitude of events that embody all that City Aud stands for, past and present, in our “Illuminate City Aud” campaign. The reinvention of the space will impact residents from across the region and state, as well as raise awareness of the exciting vision and future of the building. Our series of on-site, inspired events, gatherings, celebrations, concerts and programs across cultural, business and community sectors will revitalize the 100 year mission of the building: “For the use of the people and the glory of the city.”

– Christina Wells, Lead Artist Liaison for ”Iluminate City Aud”

Sydney Martinez, Graphic Design & Social Media Coordinator
Christina Wells, Lead Artist Liaison & Event Coordinator

Help preserve the legacy of the Colorado Springs City Auditorium. The Community Cultural Collective is enlisting the help  of our community members. Wanted: photos, videos, posters, articles, ticket stubs, memorabilia, and personal experience stories. Please submit via email at: [email protected]



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