While virtually all City of Colorado Springs services are facing cuts, at COPPeR* we are particularly concerned about potential cuts facing Cultural Services. Facilities such as the beloved Starsmore Discovery Center and Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center will close, and the Pioneers Museum will have to reduce hours by approximately 50%. The Pioneers Museum also will lose the curator, exhibit designer, and museum guard positions, in addition to two other positions that already are or will soon be vacant and frozen. This will significantly impact its ability to operate as it has for so many years.
The Pioneers Museum is a beloved linchpin of the cultural community. We invite you to share the memories and experiences you have had at the museum by posting a comment on a special Pioneers Museum blog. Click here to see the blog and post your thoughts.
We also invite you to attend the 2009 Colorado Springs City Budget Reductions Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 107 North Nevada. The meeting will be an e-town hall format, which allows citizens to participate by phone, fax, e-mail or in person. The 2009 city budget reductions will be discussed and City Council will take input and questions from the public. The meeting will be broadcast live on SpringsTV, cable Channel 18. It will also be simulcast live on the internet at www.springsgov.com.
* COPPeR, a non-profit organization, does not receive funding from the city's Cultural Services Department, although the City is among COPPeR's supporters.