Find out about the Arts and Culture Board.
Arts and culture are at the heart of ensuring Glenwood Springs remains a diverse and prosperous community for years to come. The Glenwood Springs City Council and Mayor have tasked the Arts and Culture Board with the responsibility of promoting awareness, access, and appreciation of the fine, performing, and practical arts for City residents and visitors. The Arts and Culture Board believes that arts and culture are integral to vibrancy and the social fabric of our communities. Just as mortar binds building blocks, arts and culture brings people together and encourages meaningful connections.
In from late 2019 to 2021, the Arts and Culture Board worked with City staff, community stakeholders, and consultants to establish the City’s Public Art Plan. Key to promoting Arts and Culture in Glenwood Springs is the management and future expansion of public art in the community. The plan details the story of how the existing public art in our community came to be as well as lays out a roadmap for where public art will go in Glenwood Springs in the future.
Most recently, the Arts and Culture Board has been an integral partner in forming and jurying the latest call for artists held by the City for the “Better Together Mural Project”. In this call, local artists within Garfield County were solicited to submit their artistic visions for what Better Together meant to them for display on the sides of the City’s Topek dining huts stationed in and around downtown Glenwood Springs. Additionally, the Arts and Culture Board and local musicians have been key players in creating streamlined opportunities for musicians to perform in downtown Glenwood Springs.
For 2023, the Arts and Culture Board is keeping their momentum and aiding staff in seeking assistance in forming the City’s biennial public art maintenance plan. This process will aid staff in prioritizing list of works in need of conservation or maintenance. Additionally, the board will be working on creating a call for art for 2024 for a large piece along the 6th Street corridor once the area has been revitalized.
The Arts and Culture Board wants local creatives to know that they are here for them and want to hear from them! The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Community Art Center, 601 E. 6th Street. The public is always welcome to attend and chat with the board at the begging of the meeting during public comment or request a formal item on the board’s upcoming agendas for more in-depth conversations.