Artist seeks funds for Springs museum

If Mike Acker can pull it off, the Springs may have a museum – at least for a couple of months.

Acker, an artist who has been looking at this project for the past two years, applied for a $10,000 grant from the Center for Creative Innovation, a Los Angeles-based arts nonprofit funding group, but he found out recently that he wouldn’t receive the grant. Without the grant, he’s trying to raise more than $20,000.

The museum wouldn’t compete with the Depot Museum, but it would be an annex to it. And it wouldn’t be strictly a history museum, covering instead the range of history, art and community.

“We will present a rotating collection of photographs, historical information, artifacts and recordings and interpretative exhibits,” he said.

Right now, Acker is looking at the numerous resorts that existed in the Springs over the years, and he has prepared a catalog. Part of that catalog includes a map with photos to show what the resorts looked like when they existed, and what’s occupying the sites today.

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