Newsletter – The City Aud Project – Issue 3

June 1, 2022


A Word from John Hazelhurst
Reporter/Columnist for the Colorado Springs Indy and Business Journal

Illuminate City Aud – Events Recap

UPCOMING EVENTS: Illuminate City Aud

Partner Highlight: SCHEELS

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From our friends at Semple Brown and Saunders Norwood

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A Word from John Hazelhurst
Reporter/Columnist for the Colorado Springs Indy and Business Journal

John Hazelhurst
Reporter/Columnist for the Colorado Springs Indy and Business Journal

“Growing up in Colorado Springs in the 40’s and 50’s, the 1923 City Auditorium was the center of…well, of everything. Funded and created by Springs voters, it was treasured for generations. My first actual date (with the beautiful Julie Smith, may she rest in peace!) was to hear Marty Robbins at the Aud. A couple of years later, I was one of hundreds of members of the Colorado Springs High School class of 1958 to walk across the Auditorium stage and receive a diploma at our graduation ceremony. 

During subsequent decades the Auditorium remained fun, relevant and indispensable – but things changed in the early 1990’s. The city was too broke to maintain it properly, let alone renovate it. City staff floated a proposal to gut the building and transform it into a new municipal court building. Mayor Bob Isaac (also a CSHS grad!) and I vocally opposed the scheme and our fellow Council Members followed suit.
We had managed to save it, but the city still couldn’t afford to keep it up. So it gradually deteriorated, and many users sought other venues. The noble old building seemed doomed – how could any entity, private or public, possibly raise the tens of millions that would be needed to restore, renovate, repurpose and reanimate our municipal treasure?
Enter Linda Weise, with a bold, complex and utterly practical scheme to achieve the apparently impossible. Against all odds, the Auditorium will once again become a center for community creative endeavors, a place that will thrive for generations to come. Linda’s vision will and must prevail – there is no Plan B. So get ‘em, Linda – Godspeed!”
– John Hazelhurst, Reporter/Columnist for the Colorado Springs Indy and Business Journal

Illuminate City Aud: May Events Recap

Women Who Get Stuff Done (WWGSD)
On May 17, A social and networking group: Women Who Get Stuff Done (WWGSD) hosted a gathering at City Auditorium. Women from around the city came together to share the vision for the future of this historic building. Dr. Leon Kelly, our county coroner, spoke about community wellness and how this project is essential in providing a safe, welcoming space; a true city center affording access to all citizens.

UCCS School of Public Affairs and Urban Renewal Authority
On May 18, the Community Cultural Collective was proud to host the UCCS School of Public Affairs for a presentation and tour at the City Auditorium. Presentations included updates on the City Aud project and the downtown Urban Renewal Block from Jeff Finn, Senior Vice President of Norwood Development Group and Linda Weise, President and CEO of the Community Cultural Collective, with remarks from Dr. Leon Kelly, El Paso County Coroner. 

Thomas MacLaren School Graduation Ceremony
The Community Cultural Collective was proud to host the 2022 Thomas MacLaren School Graduation Ceremony on May 27.  Thomas MacLaren is both the architect of the Historic City Auditorium, and the namesake of the Thomas MacLaren School. Learn more about this top-performing, tuition-free K-12th grade public charter school HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS: Illuminate City Aud

Small Business Week
June 6, 7 and 8

Join us at City Aud for an annual event co-hosted by the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. Small Business Week is the largest Small Business celebration in the State of Colorado. This event features impactful workshops designed to educate, celebrate and highlight local small businesses. Register for this event HERE.

Sovereign Soul Counseling Presents: Vaudeville Variety Show
June 18

Enjoy performances by Colorado performers from all over the state including Denver’s biggest drag king, belly dancers, pole performers, new music from a local indie artist, and more! Sovereign Soul Counseling will be donating 100% of the proceeds to startup costs for a new local nonprofit, The Wounded Healer Project. The Wounded Healer Project promotes the value of veterans’ military experiences in providing accessible mental health services to underserved communities. This event is 18+. Tickets available HERE.

City Aud Sounds
June 25

The Community Cultural Collective presents City Aud Sounds, featuring music from Colorado based artists: Hailey Harkin, Trent Hughes, Cami Maree, Harry Mo and the Cru and Kid Astronaut. The festival will also feature local vendors and giveaways from participating local businesses. Tickets available for a minimum donation of $10 and are available HERETickets will also be available at the door. All ages welcome.

Julie Speer Jackson, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker
Linda Weise, President and CEO, Community Cultural Collective

Grand Old Lady Documentary Film Premiere
June 29

Join us at City Aud for the red-carpet premiere of Grand Old Lady, directed by award winning documentary filmmaker Julie Speer Jackson. The film takes a look into the history of the 100-year-old City Aud and explores the Community Cultural Collective’s vision of the future of the building. 

“Working on the Grand Old Lady documentary on the City Auditorium has been a delight. The 100 years of history revealed some fun stories that we’re excited to share. For example, the fact that the original design doesn’t have steps because it is a building for the people. What really inspires me is that the original intention for the building is what is being revitalized today. I truly hope this documentary is a catalyst for making the vision a reality! I can’t wait to share the film with the Colorado Community!”
-Julie Speer Jackson, Filmmaker, Grand Old Lady

Tickets Available:
Director’s Cut Screening HERE
Red-carpet Premiere HERE 

Partner Highlight: SCHEELS

“SCHEELS Colorado Springs opened its doors in March 2021 and is one of 30 SCHEELS stores across the United States. We are known as a sports retail destination but look to partner with various community partners and events that expand outside of sports. This was a perfect opportunity to do just that and support the arts and cultural expansion of Colorado Springs. The City Auditorium is a project that cultivates a variety of outlets for the ever-growing community that we are in and brings new life to the history that the auditorium has – what a great thing to be a part of.”
-Shannyn Wong, Community Relations Lead, SCHEELS

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