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Pikes Peak Arts Council

Since 1968

Our Mission: To honor, connect and enrich local artists

Our Vision: Artists are thriving in and essential to the Pikes Peak Region

PPAC Awards Gala

This year's ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Click here to purchase tickets today!

Click below for photo highlights from 2016:

The Pikes Peak Arts Council honors outstanding creative performances and exhibitions of the region every year at the PPAC Awards. This red carpet event celebrates vibrant and innovative literary, visual, theatre, music, film, and dance artists, as well as arts advocates and arts organizations. Nominees are revealed in September, with winners announced at the ceremony. Pikes Peak Arts Council Members are eligible to nominate standout performances and events all year long here.

The PPAC Awards ceremony has been held each year in October since 2000 to coincide with National Arts & Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration for the arts in the nation.

Thank you to our 2016 Premiere Sponsor:

2016 PPAC Awards Nominees

*In categories with multiple nominees, an asterisk denotes the 2016 Awardee

Arts Champion of the Year Award


Aventa Credit Union Spirit of the Arts Award

AWARD WINNER: Lynette Reagan

Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award


Rising Star Award

AWARD WINNER: Claire Swinford


Dancing From The Heart

Brittane Hughes

*Krithika Prashant

Larry Keigwin

Inspiring Cultural Dancer

Adriana Jones

AuraTejas Hemsell

*Jacob Flesher

Outstanding Collaborative Dance Performance

Bound Ormao Dance Company

Press Ormao Dance Company

*Shakti Colorado Springs Dance Theatre


Excellent Experimental or Documentary Film

Dom Kalia Hunter

*Out of Our Heads Shaienne Knox

Spaceship Earth David Gardner

Outstanding Comedy or Drama Film

*Drop It by Tyler Hunt

Fifty Shades of Kilroy by Nathanael Letteer

Into the Night by Kai Dickson

Young Filmmaker Award

Kai Dickson for Into the Night

Kalia Hunter for Dom

*Shaienne Knox for Out of Our Heads


Engaging Community Event Showcasing Music




Extraordinary Solo Musician

Colin McAllister

Curtis Boucher

*Dear Rabbit

Outstanding Musical Group Achievement


*Eros and the Eschaton



Amazing Poem or Collection of Poems

Every Step An Arrival by Tyler Hill

*Front Range, Nature's Irony by Mark Cooney

Language Lesson by Mallory Everhart

Excellent Poetry Program

Colorado College SpeakEasy

*Hear Here's Youth Program


Outstanding Poetry or Spoken Word Performance

*Hear Here Poetry Slam at Lon Chaney Theatre

The Story Project at Manitou Bindu

Queer Open Mic at Mountain Folds Books


Make ‘Em Laugh

9 to 5 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

*Buyer & Cellar Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Tuna Christmas Millibo Art Theatre

Make ‘Em Shudder

Death and the Maiden Theatre d’Art

*Endgame Star Bar

Wait Until Dark Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Make ‘Em Think

Driving Miss Daisy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

*Lonesome Hollow Springs Ensemble Theatre

Putting it Together Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Visual Arts

Excellent Gallery or Visual Art Experience

Cottonwood Center for the Arts

First Friday Art Walk

*The Kreuser Gallery

Outstanding Visual Artist

*Brett Andrus

Caitlin Goebel

Chuck Mardosz

Outstanding Exhibition

Karen Khoury at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Same Day Different Tree by Mike Pach

*the surREAList show at The Modbo

Want to nominate an incredible artist or arts experience for the 2017 PPAC Awards?

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Past Ceremonies

2013 PPAC Awards Recipients

2014 PPAC Awards Recipients

2015 PPAC Awards Recipients

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