A Woodland Nutcracker – Saturday, Dec 4

Two performances: 11:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 – 2:00

At Catamount Institute: 740 W. Caramillo Street, Colorado Springs

Join us for this creative OUTDOOR version of The Nutcracker with all of your favorite animals native to Colorado. This unique performance by Kaleidoscope Dance, in collaboration with Catamount Institute, combines Arts with Parks for an active dance experience celebrating the beauty of nature. The audience will encounter some of the park’s inhabitants performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, including ballet and unexpected genres. After the performance of waltzing wonder, the audience will enjoy hands-on activities, hot cocoa, and cookies.
Donations support Imagination Celebration and Catamount Institute programs. Family fun for all ages! $5.00 family donation suggested. All are welcome!

“How I Became a Pirate” – January 23, 2018



GET YER TICKETS HERE!      (follow link and pick your seats)

Doors Open at 5:30 for hands-on activities related to this educational fun musical. Performance runs from 6:30 to 7:30 followed by free Milk and Cookies and Actors signing Autographs. Kids may wear their jammies or their favorite buccaneer gear! Wheelchair seating is accessible and there will be a Sign Language interpreter.

The ENT CENTER FOR THE ARTS is a brand new theater experience for your family. Every seat is great! This beautiful theater is much smaller than the Pikes Peak Center so the performance will sell out quickly.

AAARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of funny pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map! A delightful literacy-based play to reinforce a love of reading and the real treasures in life! The magic of live theater is for all ages.

Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 5 children’s theater companies in the US, and the only one of that group to tour nationally, Dallas Children’s Theater travels coast to coast with professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Dallas Children’s Theater has been designated an American Masterpieces Touring Artist by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wheelchair seating is accessible and there will be a Sign Language interpreter from Sign Language Network.



What If – WOW. What a Day!

SAT SEPT 15, 2012 – WOW! What A Day!

Thank You Everyone…  Presenters – Sponsors – Attendees-Planners  – Leaders – Volunteers!
We hope your “experience” was wonderful!
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On September 15th more than six square blocks of downtown Colorado Springs were filled with “wows!” of all varieties. People of all ages, from all parts of the region, and from a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences came together for a day of innovation, imagination and creativity.


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Move It!

Opening Reception – Meet the Artists July 19th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
July 13 through August 25
Public exhibition of the photos and videos at Imagination Space
July 23
Select photos and videos “move it” to US Olympic Training Center and Pikes Peak Library District locations
July 25
MOVE IT! Special Edition in the Independent
Imagination Celebration’s Imagination Space at the Citadel +map
Olympic Training Center +map
U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters +map
PPLD Fountain +map
PPLD High Prairie +map
PPLD Rockrimmon +map
PPLD Ute Pass +map

Greg Custer Summer Workshops

Greg Custer Drawing & Sculpture Summer Workshops!

The one trait that is of the utmost value to Greg Custer is passion. He has lived his life by the motto; “Nothing great ever happens casually.” The passion for his impressionistic landscape painting is ignited by setting foot on assorted trails that journey across the diverse terrain of our country’s southwest region. Greg moved to Colorado from the high plains of northwestern Kansas in 1980. The Colorado lifestyle has been a great fit for his art and active lifestyle. In addition to being a professional oil painter, Greg has been teaching art at a local charter school for the past ten years. His work with his students is diverse in mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. His students have produced prize-winning works at the regional, state, and national levels. Whether Greg is in his studio painting a landscape or helping a student construct a sculpture, one can see that his life’s journey is an all encompassing experience within the arts.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshop

Learning to draw means learning to see things differently- to see in ways not used in ordinary life. This drawing workshop will focus on improving one’s ability to observe objects more effectively. As a result, the aspiring artist will be able to capture accurate images through the art of drawing that have previously escaped them. This workshop will include studies and exercises that have been proven from the research and development of Dr. Betty Edwards and her best-selling book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” For over a decade, Betty Edwards has disproved the belief that learning to draw well is possible only for those lucky people with natural talent. Given proper instruction, the basic perceptual skills of drawing can be taught and can be learned in a short amount of time.

DATES: M-W-F June 8th – 29th (shown below on calendar in purple)
TIMES: 1 ½ hour sessions (10 sessions total)
Session 1: 10am-11:30am
Session 2: 2pm-3:30pm
Session 3: 5pm-6:30pm
COST: $100/per person (all supplies included)
CLASS SIZE: Maximum 12 per class for PREMIUM hands-on help
PREREQUISITE: NONE! Students do not have to have any previous drawing experience…just a hunger to learn. Whether you feel you have little talent and doubt you could ever learn; or you enjoy drawing but have not been able to get beyond a child-like level, this workshop will show you how to gain and master drawing skills. If you are already drawing as a professional artist it will give you a greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception.
AGE: This class is designed for teens and above!

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Sculpture Workshop (Bust Study)

This workshop will involve the study and creation of a life-sized bust sculpture of a human portrait (the head and shoulders of the human figure). The process of creating the sculpture will begin with drawing images on paper and then progressing on to miniature models, creation of armatures (metal skeleton/frame), molding of clay, and finishing with the application of the patina (the finish applied to the sculpture). Tools and instruction will be designed to help each student create an accurate and life like bust study.

DATES: M-W-F July 9th – Aug. 8th (shown below on calendar in blue)
TIMES: 2 hour sessions (10 sessions total)
Session 1: 9am-11am
Session 2: 1pm-3pm
Session 3: 5pm-7pm
COST: $150/per person (all supplies included)
CLASS SIZE: Maximum 12 per class for PREMIUM hands-on help
PREREQUISITE: NONE! Students do not have to have any previous studio art or sculpture experience…just a hunger to learn.
AGE: This class is designed for middle school age students and above. Parents are welcomed too.

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Michael Hague Poster & Book Signing

Poster & Book Signing!
The Magical Michael Hague
Celebration Place, The Citadel

Don’t miss exclusive opportunity to meet the man who has tickled the imaginations of countless children and adults with his whimsical charming illustrations. This year’s poster and recently published books will be available.For 20 YEARS, renowned illustrator Michael Hague, has created one-of-a-kind artwork for Imagination Celebration’s annual poster. His delightful characters capture the spirit and whimsy of imagination. Meet this internationally acclaimed artist and get one of his uniquely drawn autographs.