Electric Shuttle Call for Manitou Springs

Tram Shuttle

Creative Alliance Manitou Springs (CRANE) is partnering with the City of Manitou Springs to license artwork from a local artist that invites residents and visitors to ride the free electric vehicle shuttle. Winning artwork will be printed on vinyl, which will be applied to the shuttle. The award for the winning artwork is $2,000.

Save the Peeps! (And Other Public Art Maintenance Projects)

Peeps Liz Szabo

You may have noticed that some of our permanent public art sculptures have been showing wear and tear after many years of service to the community. “Peeps” and other works that have been installed as part of our Art on the Avenue program have been getting hugs from school kids and visitors in every kind […]

FREE MACH Info Training Session

MACH Info Session

Download Presentation Deck Here UPDATE: Manitou Arts Culture & Heritage Grant Application Info Session Resources Becca Sickbert, executive director of Creative Alliance Manitou Springs (CRANE), facilitated  the sessions with hybrid access — in person at the CRANE office and online via Zoom.  To access the grant application, visit the MACH Board’s landing page here. To […]

Volunteer to Help Paint the Transit Hub Mural

Dance of TAVA

Register to help paint 10/17-10/1911am – 1pm Register here! What’s the Goal? The purpose of this mural is to activate an otherwise empty, unfinished wall temporarily while the community determines what comes next for the building. We can’t tell the entire history of Manitou Springs in one mural, but we can we celebrate an aspect […]

Turtle Crossing II – Crosswalk Art Installation

Revsied Dates Turtle Crossing II

STREET CLOSURE DATES: 10/17 – 10/19  If you remember last year, artists painted 52 turtles on the street to test two different epoxy sealants and neither one of them withstood the amount of traffic and weather that this congested area of town sees in the course of a few fall months. The pilot taught us […]

USA TODAY: Manitou Springs is in Top 5 Best Small Town Arts Scenes in America

USA Today 10 Best 2022

The final rankings were determined by a popular vote, which placed Manitou Springs as the 5th Best Small Town Arts Scene, up from 9th place last year.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside these other creative communities. The City of Manitou Springs flourishes because we continue to prioritize the arts in all that we do. We work hard to make creativity inclusive and accessible to everyone. Art transcends barriers and is a catalyst for unity. Join us in building a better world.,” said Manitou Springs city councilor and Manitou Art Center executive director Natalie Johnson.

Iggy Igloo – Jonathan Ellis – Memorial Mural Project in Manitou Springs

Iggy thumbnail

Choose a Design Help choose the final mural design through Sunday, July 17, 2022. It’s our honor to serve the Manitou Springs creative community by lifting artistic and economic vitality. If you have a question about how to bring more art and culture to Manitou Springs, please contact us. The mural team has requested our […]

Capitol Creatives

Kevin A. Johnson stands with some of his artwork

We are tremendously excited we are to announce that our Solidarity Mobile Mural artists’ artwork will be on display at the Colorado State Capitol building through the early summer. Over a dozen artworks are currently displayed in the Capitol basement rotunda and several others inside of the governor’s office lobby, the lieutenant governor’s office and […]

Creative Alliance and Manitou Pollinators announce 2021 Pollination Station planter winners

Pollinator Friendly Blooms

As part of a pilot program matching community volunteers to 24 pollinator-friendly planters, the Manitou Pollinators and Creative Alliance Manitou Springs (formerly the Creative District) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Becker’s Lane Pollination Stations friendly competition, which accounts for the 12 planters in the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) district.  CHAMPIONS: Station […]