Hiawatha Gardens

Hiawatha Gardens Transit Hub Temporary Mural Installation - October 2022

Times TBD

9/21/22 UPDATE: Thank you, everyone who responded already! We are an inclusive organization that values listening in service to our community, and we’ve received over 50 responses. Many of you expressed hope for a different approach. We hear you and thank you for your valuable feedback.

What’s Next? Local artist K8e Orr is working with us to retool the mural selection process to allow for additional community input. As a side note, we have always planned to install an information panel on the mural to help interpret the history of the building. We will work with the City of Manitou Springs to produce temporary signage that will provide more information about the building’s history. The next phase of our project will begin with key color choices and content selection that will lead to a new set of designs.

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 of this building’s story as a place of music and movement through dance.

How Long Will the Work Be on Display? This is hard to gauge because it depends on budgets and decisions outside of our role, but the working group estimates 1-3 years.

Why this project is happening: The Hiawatha Gardens Task Force approached us in the fall of 2021 with a request to work with the City of Manitou Springs in creating a temporary work of public art. We aim to install a mural on the western wall during October Arts Month. The inspiration for this project stems from the function of the historic building as a dancehall filled with music and movement. To volunteer, sign up here.

Turtle Crosswalks

RESCHEDULED: Turtle Crossing II - Crosswalk Art Installation

POSTPONED: 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 that we need more permanent materials, so Smokebrush Foundation artists led by Manuel Pulido and Kat Tudor are partnering with the City of Manitou to create works of art in each El Paso Blvd. crosswalk from City Hall to Old Man’s Trail at Manitou Avenue. The materials they’re using aren’t volunteer-friendly, but you’re welcome to come watch and cheer them on. If you’d like to participate in one of our other chalk or painting installations, please sign up to come play creatively here.

Smokebrush Foundation

CANCELED EVENT: Open Streets, Open Arts

Art on the Avenue: Open Streets, Open Arts Celebration

Wednesday, October 5 | 3pm-7pm

Join us for a street festival celebrating Arts Month and the 150th anniversary of  Manitou Springs’ “City Life and Who We Are” through public art installations, walking tours, chalk art, live music and more. Smokebrush Foundation artists will install crosswalk art while PaC-Man provides for an exploration of bike parking enhancement. Learn about the latest public art installations brought to you by the Creative Alliance with Manitou Arts Culture and Heritage Initiative support. Listen to live music programmed by the Manitou Music Foundation. Participate in chalk art or help paint a mural. Guided walking tours are available — bring your smartphones and earbuds for bonus content and additional experiences.
Address: Tava Truck at SunWater Spa: 514 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Koyuk Sculpture

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER -- Public Art Tours: Experience Manitou Springs Audio Tour App Debut

10/5 | 4pm-7pm

Learn about the latest public art installations brought to you by the Creative Alliance with Manitou Arts Culture and Heritage Initiative support. You can download the app to get the full tour in the words and voices of local and visiting artists, or simply stroll as you listen to the live music provided by Crystal and the Curious and Grapefruit Moon with support from the Manitou Music Foundation. 


CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: Chalk Art at Seven Minute Park

10/4 – 10/5 | 9am – 5pm

Calling up to six family-friendly chalk artists or teams! If you’d like to decorate a square of sidewalk at Seven Minute Park, we invite you to sign up for your own chalk Bring your own pastels if you have specific needs for colors to render the design you want to share with the world. Although this park has ample trees, the shade moves throughout the day, so you might need hats, long sleeves, sunscreen, and a bottle for the free spring water on site. Designs must be appropriate for an-all ages audience with no commercial advertising content. To reserve your pressed pastel kit and your square of sidewalk, sign up here.

We Thank Our Sponsors for Their Support:

Manitou Arts Culture Heritage Initiative
City of Manitou Springs
Arts month October logo
Colorado Creative Industries