COLORADO SPRINGS—With a mix of themed exhibitions, live music and dance, intergenerational storytelling, artist conversations and more, the biennial Pollinate festival demonstrates the power of arts collaboration. Now in its fourth iteration, the festival showcases the diversity of the Pikes Peak region’s arts community as local arts organizations explore a central theme.
This year’s festival will take place April 1–8, 2019, with associated programs beginning in mid-March and running through mid-May. Participating organizations include UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, UCCS Artist Series, UCCS Kraemer Family Library, Colorado Springs Dance Theater, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Manitou Art Center and Smokebrush/Sunwater Spa.
Pollinate began in 2011 when former colleagues Daisy McGowan (Director, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art) and Jessica Hunter-Larsen (then curator of Colorado College’s InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts Space) discovered they were curating shows with adjacent themes. They decided to capitalize on this synchronicity and convened local arts leaders to launch a community-wide festival exploring the impact of pollinators on our culture and ecosystem. Since then, Pollinate has provided a collaborative platform for arts organizations in Southern Colorado, elevating awareness and growing audiences through cross-pollination.
Through the 2019 theme of time, the festival creates opportunities for the audiences to connect to past, present, and future. A full listing of events can be found at PollinateCOS.com. UCCS festival events may be found here.