What is the Forever Yours, The Land(TM) Campaign?
Forever Yours, The Land (TM) is a city-wide art exhibit showcasing the important and inspiring work of conservation in our community through the eyes of local artists. Over 60 galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, and local businesses are participating, and more than 75 artists are displaying their work. Everything is inspired by the great outdoors.
Where do I see the art? How long does the campaign run?
Art exhibits will be on display throughout greater Colorado Springs, from Ivywild to Monument, starting on August 3rd with the First Friday celebration. The exhibits can be enjoyed throughout the month at all galleries and into September at some locations. Click here to see all the locations.
There are also special events throughout August and September. Click here to see the current list of events and check back often for updates.
Why is Palmer Land Trust doing a city-wide art exhibit?
Land is a part of our community's DNA. From the majestic views of Pikes Peak, to amazing outdoor recreation right outside our back door, the land is central to our identity and quality of life - it is why so many of us have chosen to live here. Yet, we can't take it for granted.
Colorado Springs is expected to see an additional 200,000 people join our community by 2020, and El Paso County will surpass Denver County in population by 2050. Our park land and open spaces draw people to our city, contribute to our quality of life and are part of our vibrant economy. It is important that we, as a community, prioritize conservation and take proactive steps to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the parks, trails, and recreation that define us.
What better way to connect people to the importance of conservation in their lives than through art! Long before Katherine Bates wrote America the Beautiful after traveling to the top of Pikes Peak, our land has been a powerful source of inspiration for settlers, native peoples and artists alike. Join us as we celebrate the synergy between art and nature, and conservation in our community.
Who is Palmer Land Trust?
Palmer Land Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit that has been protecting southern Colorado's lands for over 40 years. So far, Palmer has preserved over 135,000 acres, 19 public parks and open spaces and is one of the 20 largest land trusts in the United States.
How is this project funded?
Palmer Land Trust received a $60,750 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) in recognition of the importance of creating champions for land conservation who will lead the community in navigating urgent conservation challenges that will forever impact Colorado Springs and beyond. Palmer is working to raise an additional $20,000 in matching funds in order to broaden our awareness building and in turn ensure that what we love as Coloradans remains.
Who are some of the key partners for this campaign?
We are proud to partner with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, Manitou Arts Center (MAC), Old Colorado City ArtWalk and Monument Art Hop on this important campaign.
Click here to see all of the locations participating in the Forever Yours, The Land (TM) Campaign.
I love it! How do I share info about this campaign with people I know?
- Facebook Frame - You can update your Facebook profile photo to show your support. The frame is available on the Palmer Land Trust Facebook Page.
- Social Media Posts - Share your experience on social media and include the hashtag #celebrateland to add to the city-wide conversation about art, land, and our future.
- Signs - If you want posters for your establishment, contact us today!
How did you identify the artists?
In collaboration with our partners - COPPeR, Downtown Partnership, OCC, Manitou and Monument - we reached out to artists and venues in our community to explore their connectivity with an August campaign focused on conservation. We were overwhelmingly pleased with the response and happy to include many of the artists interested in participating.