Crested Butte A Top Arts Destination!


Crested Butte top arts destination in america(Chicago, IL, Date TK) . . .  America’s Top Twelve Small-Town ArtPlaces were announced today by ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking—putting the arts at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities.

ArtPlace Director Carol Coletta said, “Earlier this year, ArtPlace announced America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces in major metropolitan areas—vibrant communities identified as being exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle. It is equally important to recognize and celebrate dynamic Small-Town ArtPlaces and the unique qualities that make them well worth the journey to explore and enjoy.”   Continue Reading >>

Welcome to the 2013 Summer Season

THIS PAST WINTER, CRESTED BUTTE WAS CHOSEN by ArtPlace as one of America’s top twelve small town arts destinations for its high concentration of arts non-profits, core arts-oriented businesses, and workers in creative occupations. In other words, the initiative recognizes smaller communities in the crested butte and gunnison colorado arts magazine eventscountry where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to live, work, and visit. Deemed by ArtPlace as “art-centric,” Crested Butte was described as “A town of less than 1,500 people in mountainous Gunnison County, Colorado … it is also home to a robust arts scene throughout the year.”

ArtPlace Director Carol Coletta commented, “It is important to recognize and celebrate dynamic Small-Town ArtPlaces and the unique qualities that make them well worth the journey to explore and enjoy.”

In Gunnison County we know our arts actually robustly spread from Gothic to Gunnison. We believe that the collaborative efforts of the Arts Alliance played a strong roll in this ArtPlace recognition.

The Arts Alliance of the East River Valley is comprised of 15 separate arts and cultural organizations throughout Gunnison County. These are the very organizations that provide visitors and residents the opportunity to enjoy music, theatre, dance, film, visual arts, children’s programs, and workshops. Together we are stronger in attracting visitors to the area through our dynamic offerings of art and cultural experiences.

arial dance crested butte art fair dance collectiveWith literally hundreds of events and classes throughout the summer, on virtually every day of the week, the Arts Advisor Magazine is designed to help you navigate this incredibly rich palette of opportunities. This is your comprehensive guide and planning tool to the arts from June through October.

Here you may immerse yourself in a weekend workshop in outdoor photography, attend a play or musical event, or peruse the talents of local artists. There are events especially for children, teens and adults. You can be an experienced aficionado or a “never-ever.” So whether you are visiting for a week or staying for a lifetime, there is an event, class or workshop that will call to you in these pages.

The Arts Alliance invites you to immerse yourself in our vibrant communities, bursting with artistic talents. Use the Arts Advisor to diversify your stay in the area. Or, as a resident, support a thriving industry that not only helps you expand your personal horizons, but contributes to the economic sustainability of our communities as well. We hope you will agree that the Gunnison Valley is an incredible destination for the arts. Be inspired and uplifted by what you experience and learn. Embrace your own creativity. Feed your soul.

Jenny Birnie, Executive Director

Center for the Arts