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2018 Adopted Annual Operating & Capital Improvement Budget


CULTURAL ARTS Statement of Purpose The Cultural Arts Program contributes to personal development and personal enjoyment and fosters a sense of community. Description The Cultural Arts Program encourages the participation of residents in the arts through art exhibits, receptions and lectures, art education, youth and adult art classes and community events, primarily at the Curtis Center for the Arts. Staff works directly with the Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council (GVAHC) on fundraising events for the benefit of art programs and public art to enhance the Village’s cultural identity. Accomplishments It was an exciting year for the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts program and particularly for the Curtis Center for the Arts. The Curtis Center went through a major renovation in 2017. Most significantly two restrooms were added to the main floor. In addition, the restrooms on the lower lever were remodeled, a ramp replaced the stairs to the restrooms on the lower level, the front offices were re-configured, additional storage was added below the new restrooms on the main floor and the entire roof was replaced. The updates refreshed the overall look of the Center and will make it more customer friendly. Another big change for 2017 is that the Center is now open on Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. These expanded hours brought in new visitors that were not able to visit during the normal business hours of M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Additionally, being open on Saturdays has allowed the Center to expand class offerings by holding one-day workshops at a time it would normally be closed. The additional weekend hours has helped to expand student enrollment and attendees to the Center. Due to construction, the Curtis Center for the Arts only hosted five exhibits this year. The year kicked off with a take on modern western art with “New Frontier”. The exhibit garnered an excellent write up in the Denver Post. An artist talk with Maura Allen was also held as part of the exhibit. The Center celebrated Youth Art Month with its annual exhibit of work from area schools. Two receptions with approximately 500 people in attendance at each were held as part of the exhibit. In March the Center participated in the bi-annual Month of Photography that takes place around the Denver metro area. The Center hosted photographer Richard Peterson who displayed his recent work as well as his rock-n-roll portraits. Richard also held a talk about his work with 30 people in attendance. In May, the Center presented Continuum, an exhibit of local artists that often collaborate together. The exhibit featured the work of a Curtis instructor. The year closed out with the 34 th Annual All Colorado Exhibit that featured over 50 Colorado artists. In addition to these exhibits the Cultural Arts Program also hosted an exhibit at City Hall called “The Art of Lake of Fire”. The exhibit featured work that portrayed themes from the Village Read book, Lake of Fire. The Cultural Arts Program hosted several cultural events throughout the year. Most significant was the introduction of the Village Read. The Cultural Arts program partnered with the Arapahoe County Library District to encourage community members to read the same book and attend the many activities and events related to themes from the book. For this, the first year, “Lake of Fire” by Colorado author Mark Stevens was chosen as the Village Read book. Eleven events were held for the program and included guest speakers, writer’s workshops and book clubs. The program concluded with a concert at Curtis Park. For the second year in a row, the Cultural Arts Program hosted “Winter’s Glow”. The event featured ice carvers, fire dancers and light inspired vignettes. Added to the line-up this year were giant inflatable sculptures by local artist Nicole Bannowetz and a performance by sculpture Erik Reiger. Over 600 community members attended the event in 2017. Other events presented by the Cultural Arts Program included the annual concert in the park with the Colorado Honor Band and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. About 250 people were in attendance. The art program also hosted a book talk about Mindful Eating with author Lynn Rossy. 27 community members attended the talk at Keolbel Library. Also for the first time, the Cultural Arts Program partnered with the Recreation program and area restaurants to present “Party on the Plaza” a free concert at Village Center Station Plaza. The idea was to create a free event that would help draw people to the Village Center Station and encourage the use of the space as a community gathering spot. The event drew about 100 people. The program also assisted with other Village programming providing art projects at GV Day, 116

CULTURAL ARTS Fall Fest and the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting. The program also coordinated the popular Art in the Park summer program. All Art in the Park programs were full with a waiting list for most of them. Also in 2017, the Cultural Arts Program partnered with The Museum of Outdoor Arts to bring additional sculptures to Westlands Park. The program presented the works of Colorado artists and father-son team Chuck and Collin Parson. The collaboration brought two works by Collin Parson and three works by Chuck Parson. The works will be on display at the park through the summer of 2018. The hope is to continue this partnership and bring rotating sculptures to the park on an annual basis. Due to construction at the Curtis Center for the Arts several classes had to be cancelled. No classes were held at the Curtis from June until October. However due to being open on Saturdays the center offered some additional one day workshops including “Coffee and Canvas” sessions once a month, Silk Painting, Paper Collage and Pastels. In addition, the Center offered evening classes for youth. The program expanded its pee wee art offerings and most classes were full. In addition, the program partnered with Pop Culture Classroom to offer classes to teens. The classes focused on drawing super heroes and ‘manga”. While this is often a hard market to tap, the classes were very successful and most were to full capacity. Goals/Objectives In 2018, staff will continue to expand class offerings on Saturdays during the times that the Center is open. As requested by our community members in the past, plans are to purchase a kiln in 2018 with SCFD funds which will greatly expand educational opportunities. Staff will also look for ways to expand cultural offerings to the Greenwood Village Community through special events. Due to their success, the Winter’s Glow event and the Village Read program will continue in 2018 and likely become annual programs. There are also plans in 2018 to continue the partnership with the Museum of Outdoor Arts and implement additional rotating public art in Westlands Park. $34,800 in SCFD grant funding has been awarded for use in 2018 to support cultural offerings to the community including concerts, performances, special events and lectures. Outcome Measures Youth Art Classes: Percent of respondents rating the personal enjoyment received from programs as Excellent or Good as measured by department survey. Percent of respondents who indicated their personal development received from programs as Excellent or Good as measured by department survey. Adult Art Classes: Percent of respondents rating the personal enjoyment received from classes as Excellent or Good measured by department survey. Percent of respondents who indicated their personal development received from programs as Excellent or Good as measured by department survey. Exhibits: Percent of respondents rating personal enjoyment received from programs as Good or Excellent as measured by department survey. Community Events: Percent of respondents who indicate their personal enjoyment received from community events as Excellent or Good as measured by department survey. Percent of respondents rating their participation in events enhanced their sense of community as Excellent or Good as measured by department survey. 2015 Actual 2016 Actual 2017 Estimate 2018 Target 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 100 100 100 100 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 117