Stacy Nick

Reporter, Arts and Culture

As KUNC’s arts and culture reporter, I cover everything that brings you joy and sorrow, that makes you feel and opens your mind -- whether it be on a stage, in a gallery or even just a random street corner.

So why art? Because despite personally not being able to carry a tune in a bucket with a handle, I have a deep appreciation for those who do have musical talent, as well as anyone who utilizes the creative process. Being able to communicate through art is powerful and I’ve found that people who follow their passions often have interesting stories to tell.

After graduating from Colorado State University, I started out as an agriculture reporter but eventually found that I preferred the “culture” part. I’ve been covering the arts in Colorado for most of my 20-plus-year career. My first big celebrity interview was Eagles bassist Randy Meisner (and his mom) just before his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

I have received awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association, the Society for Professional Journalists, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Associated Press, the Colorado Press Association, Colorado Press Women, and the National Federation of Press Women. I have also received two Edward R. Murrow Awards.

When I’m not at work, I’m spending time with my family, taking in some live music or theatre, or trolling the record shops for vintage vinyl as part of my lifelong search for an original pressing of the 1983 “Valley Girl” soundtrack.

Courtesy of Kyle Borthick

Updated 2/17/2019 at 11:30 a.m.

Investigators with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office arrested Kevin Dean Eastman, of Greeley, on Feb. 16 in connection with the homicide of Scott Sessions.

Eastman was booked on allegations of first-degree murder and tampering with a deceased human body, along with an outstanding warrant from the Denver Police Department. No additional details are being released at this time.

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For Fort Collins-based photographer Elliot Ross, the camera has always been a way of finding comfort, ever since coming to Colorado from Taiwan.

"When I moved here, I was 4 and incredibly shy," Ross said. "It was a big transition moving from Taipei to a very rural situation. And my grandma gave me a camera. She thought maybe that might help ease some of that anxiety. And it certainly did. It became a fixture of my daily life."

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Greeley schools and youth programs received more than $25,000 in electric guitars, drums, keyboards and ukuleles this week.

The instruments were part of a donation from the Newport Festivals Foundation, which runs the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals. The program partnered up with Take Note Colorado, an initiative to give musical instruments and music education to every K-12 student in the state.

MCA Denver

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver now offers visitors who are colorblind a way to see the whole picture. Through a partnership with the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program, the museum has four pairs of EnChroma glasses, which allow those with the deficiency to see colors more distinctly.

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While a music student at Colorado State University, Mandy Harvey lost her hearing due to a degenerative connective tissue disorder. Devastated, she left school and took a break from music.

When she returned to the stage, Harvey found a new world that eventually led her to a finalist spot on the TV show "America's Got Talent." KUNC arts reporter Stacy Nick caught up with her on tour to find out what the last two years since "AGT" have been like.

Denver Zoo

One of the Denver Zoo’s former polar bears is now a “papa” bear.

Lee was moved to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium last fall in the hopes that the 20-year-old bear would finally produce offspring. On Thanksgiving Day, Lee’s mate, Aurora, gave birth to a cub.

Mike Watson / Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet is looking to replace its beloved “Nutcracker” - at least parts of it.

The organization hopes to raise $2.5 million to cover the cost of commissioning new sets, props and costumes in time for the ballet’s 60th anniversary next year.

From disintegrating headpieces to a nutcracker doll whose had its share of breaks, KUNC arts reporter Stacy Nick spoke with the ballet’s artistic director Gil Boggs about how hundreds of performances have taken its toll.

Justin Favela
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Las Vegas artist Justin Favela has fond memories of his grandmother, Isabel Favela's, house around the holidays. Especially her tradition of building a gigantic, elaborate, and very specifically styled nativity — or "nacimiento."

"These are the key elements of (my grandmother's) nacimiento," Justin said. "At the very top of the mountain, you have the manger and then there's a grassy hill and that usually has sheep and deer on it."

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Weeks after Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins was bulldozed, a new $10 million theater is poised to fill the void.

Set to open in 2021, Boardwalk by Candlelight will be an 800-to-1,000 seat venue focused on musical theater, said Dave Clark, owner and executive producer of parent company Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown.

Colorado State University

While fashion designer Orlando Dugi 's formal wear designs can be seen on the runways, he got his start watching his Navajo grandmother.