LEAP Institute for the Arts

All-ages DIY music venues – a place for incubation

Fort Collins has the spirit of the west and Colorado embedded in its residents. From its origins as a frontier town, to its current status as a city boasting a major university, a thriving music scene, and a cluster of craft brewers, Fort Collins has emerged as a creative city where the arts often catalyze space into place. But one thing yet remains: an all-ages DIY music venue.

Spring 2019

Arts Management in the Digital Age

Arts Management programs began in the 1970s, following the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965, which stressed the need for leaders in the arts. Since then, technological advances have led to improvements in understanding and building audience engagement and navigating the necessity of marketing for artists in the 21st century.

Spring 2018

LEAP explores free speech and cultural values

For Elham Musa, the Master’s of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management program is pushing her to challenge societal norms, especially when typical Western values conflict with her worldviews as a Muslim and immigrant.

Winter 2017

Advocate for the arts

Jennifer Zidon is living proof of the proverb ‘when one door closes, another one opens.’ With a poetry degree and, soon, a master’s degree in arts leadership, Zidon is using her professional experience in community relations to advocate for artists and the planet.

Spring 2017

Preparing Students for Life Using Soft Skills

Soft Skills for Professionals provided students practice in soft skills such as critical observation, problem solving, adaptability, and tolerance to diversity through exercises designed to challenge students’ abilities.

Winter 2016

Rally ‘Round the Flag of Justice

Sandy Ceas’ work revolves around global social issues, particularly focusing on the impact of religion on communities.

Learning the Business of Art

“The LEAP program covers a side to the art world that I wouldn’t have gotten exposure to otherwise.”