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Colorado Culture magazine is an online comprehensive resource for all things Colorado. Full of cultural articles, ideas, and events that are easily accessible and informative, it appeals to culture enthusiasts of all ages and types with a goal to serve Colorado and the people who visit with a fresh look on the vast culture that thrives here.

I am a Colorado native, born and raised in the mountains in the small town, Bailey.  I have always loved the outdoors, skiing, biking, and camping since I was young.  I graduated Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in History and Native American Studies.  Having a huge passion for the state’s history, I work as a School Programs Facilitator and Archaeology Community Coordinator for History Colorado.  I teach children at the museum about Colorado history, and work to improve archaeological practices and communication in Colorado communities.  As a favorite past time, I am a Recommended Black Belt in Taekwondo. My fiancé and I teach kids about life skills and martial arts at our school, Boulder Martial Arts.  I love the diversity that exists in Colorado, there are so many different people with so many different passions, only this state can bring us all together.

Take Note Colorado: Music for Education (Review)

Take Note Colorado: Music for Education (Review)

The Take Note Colorado concert was Governor Hickenlooper’s kick off for his music initiative to improve and increase children’s access to musical education.  “Twenty years from now, people are going to say, ‘Were you at that first Take Note concert?’ And you’ll say, ‘Yeah! I was there,’ ” Hickenlooper said to the crowd.  With high hopes, the 1STBANK Center was about two thirds full, packed with people who came together for education and to see some of their favorite artists perform some of their greatest hits.

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Music for a Cause: Take Note Colorado 5/4/2017 1STBANK Center Broomfield, CO

Music for a Cause: Take Note Colorado 5/4/2017 1STBANK Center Broomfield, CO

Over the past few years, Colorado natives Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have made a big name for themselves. Selling over 700,000 albums, the band still hasn’t lost their passion for the Colorado music scene. They will be performing for Take Note Colorado, a concert benefiting music education for Colorado schools.  All proceeds for the show will go to the Colorado Music Coalition, a new nonprofit group dedicated to promoting music education throughout the state.  The coalition is working directly with Governor Hickenlooper as part of his new music initiative. Fueled by his own love for music, the governor hopes to improve music education to inspire future musicians.


Take Note Colorado will be working with a variety of donors as well as musicians.  It is something that no other state has done, and Governor Hickenlooper hopes that Colorado can serve as a model for the nation as a whole.  With art programs depleting in schools, music education is often the first to be cut even though studies suggest that children who participate in music have higher academic success and lower dropout rates.  For some, music can be a creative outlet or an extracurricular activity.  For others, music is everything, a part of life. 

With incentive to preserve Colorado’s music scene, Colorado-bred bands are coming together to raise funding. Along with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the show will feature OneRepublic, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Tracksuit Wedding, and Josh Blue. Hoping to raise $500,000, the money will go to getting instruments and instruction for K-12 Colorado schools.  Their goal is to make sure that every child has access to music education and have the opportunity to start pursuing their dreams.

Working with several Colorado celebrities, Isaac Slade of The Fray is a chairman for the coalition.  Fueled by his own childhood experiences playing, Slade works to bring together musicians, politicians, and donors, serving as a role model for his own son who has picked up a love for the drums.  On the political side of the spectrum, daughter of a billionaire family Libby Anschutz is dedicated to the cause.  Wanting to play music since she was young, Anschutz now performs with Tracksuit Wedding who will play at the concert.  With the dedication of all those involved, Colorado has a chance to make history with its musical culture, starting with every child that wants to play.

The Take Note Colorado concert will be held May 4th at the 1STBank Center in Broomfield. Doors open at 6:30 and the show will begin at 7:30.  Tickets are $25-$55 and can be found HERE.  VIP passes are $250 and include premium seating, early entry, dinner, and a hosted bar.  

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National Park Week: Protecting Colorado's Natural Beauty

National Park Week: Protecting Colorado's Natural Beauty

There is a moment when in the wilderness where everything is quiet except for the sounds of nature.  The warm breeze blows through the tree, birds chirp cheerfully, and wildlife rustles through the bushes.  These sounds are peaceful, a testament to the power and beauty in nature.   There is a quietness that lets the mind relax, and a feeling of true serenity.  Most Coloradans would agree that this is a feeling worth protecting, something that can only be found in the outdoors.

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