City Center Series

This series features nationally renowned experts discussing urbanism, innovation, placemaking and design. Learn about the value and importance of thoughtful planning and design as we create a vibrant city.

Sponsored by Colorado College, a program of Downtown Colorado Springs

The RiNo Story

Rescheduled: September 6

An engaging speaker panel bringing data-driven development lessons from Denver’s hottest arts district. River North (RiNo) serves as the centerpiece for this dynamic discussion on how to attract new businesses, serve neighborhood needs and build a supportive live-work ecosystem for the arts.

Richard F. Celeste Theater, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center 825 N. Cascade Ave., on street parking or in any Colorado College lot after 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Speaker starts promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per event, or $30 for the whole series. Click here to purchase tickets.


Earlier this season:

January 24, 2017: Gil Penalosa

Gil Penalosa is the founder of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created centered on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people. In his keynote, Gill will advise Springs residents, students and leaders on how to create a vibrant city and a healthy community for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. He will focus on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars.

February 27, 2017: The New Urbanism Film Festival

The New Urbanism Film Festival was created to move the conversation about urban planning out of the textbook and beyond the council chambers and into the movie theater. Its guiding thesis states that how we design our cities affects everyone, not just legislatively and academically, but in a real day to day sense, from safe sidewalks and open spaces to cycling infrastructure and healthy living initiatives. The 90 minutes of short films selected for this screening of the New Urbanism Film Festival are intended to address issues and ideas specific to Colorado Springs in 2017 and generate dialogue between the academic, the advocate, the planner, and the public.

March 7, 2017: Placemaking and Public Art

This slide show, panel discussion and documentary viewing focus on the crucial role played by public art in urban placemaking. In 2016 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) recognized Colorado Springs’ own Poly Poly by Sean O’Meallie as one of 30 outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling works created in the US in 2015. A celebratory viewing of the PAN Year in Review slide show will be moderated by Art on the Streets 2017 juror Tim Vacca, with comments from artist Sean O’Meallie and Matt Mayberry of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. An excerpt from the Rocky Mountain PBS documentary Arts District, featuring O’Meallie and local painter Phil Lear, will conclude the evening.

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