Pollinate is a biennial arts collaboration convening arts organizations in Southern Colorado to explore one compelling theme through exhibitions, events, and experiences every two years. In 2019, the theme is time. Pollinate promises to connect audiences in the region to our past and future, demonstrating the power of the arts in collaboration through a one-week festival of events April 1—8, 2019 across the Pikes Peak region. Programs will take place from mid-March to mid-May. Events include themed exhibitions, live music and dance performances, panel discussions, mash-up talks, film screenings, significant speakers, and more.
History // The project originated in 2011 when the Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (GOCA) and the Interdisciplinary Experimental Arts program at Colorado College (IDEA) collaborated with area arts organizations on a series of community-wide events that explored the impact of pollinators on our culture and ecosystem. Two years later, the project reconvened under the heading of “Gods and Monsters”, and two years after that the festival explored the theme of “Energy”. Pollinate has experienced healthy growth in the Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs communities in its past three iterations, cross-pollinating audiences and elevating awareness of the arts in our region.