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Arvada Center Announces Preliminary Line Up for 2014 Summer Stage Concert Series

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Summer At the Center with Swallow Hill Music, KBCO and Exempla Lutheran

The Outdoor Amphitheater at Arvada Center

Summer Stage, part of Arvada Center’s annual Summer At The Center has a new partner –  Swallow Hill Music
Swallow Hill Music is co-presenting the Arvada Center’s popular concert series, Summer Stage.

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Tickets on Sale March 14

Tickets for the 2014 Summer Stage Concert Series go on sale to the General Public on March 14.

More concerts announced on April 1st! Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get all the latest announcements of Arvada Center events!

VIP pre-sales start Wednesday, March 12. You must have a special promo code in order to purchase pre-sale tickets. Special promo codes are available to certain groups like Arvada Center subscribers and donorsSwallow Hill Music members and KBCO Interactive Members.


Jamie Cullum with KING
Jamie Cullum at Arvada Center June 9, 2014

June 9
7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater

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Pat Metheny Unity Group w/ Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, and Giulio Carmassi
Pat Metheny Unity Group at Arvada Center July 25, 2014

July 25
7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater

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Don McLean and Judy Collins
Don McLean and Judy Collins at Arvada Center July 30, 2014

July 30
7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater

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Los Lonely Boys and Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Los Lonely Boys & Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Arvada Center Aug 5, 2014

Aug 5
7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater

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The Denver Brass: A Space Odyssey
The Denver Brass at Arvada Center Aug 23, 2014

Aug 23
7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater

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More Concerts Announced on April 1!

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Denver Post YourHub features Arvada Center Artistic Producer Rod Lansberry


Today, the local feature of, YourHub Arvada , profiled our Artistic Producer, Rod Lansberry.Rod Lansberry, Artistic Producer, Arvada Center

Rod explains his start at the Center, and why he’s still here, 21 years later… in an industry that’s known for fluidity.

“It’s been kind of a wild ride,” Lansberry said. “I thought I’d be here a couple years and then move on. Theater work is so transitional, but 21 years later, here I am.”

Multi-tasking is the name of the game for Rod’s role… read more about our multi-talented, hard-working Artistic Producer that has helped shaped the Center into what it is today!

original article on YourHub Arvada by reporter Austin Briggs


Rod Lansberry, Artistic Producer, Arvada Center
photo by Anya Semenoff

Galleries Kicks off 2014 with COLLECT: featuring art from 17 collections

Explore the motivations & passions behind art collections

Arvada Center welcomes you!

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COLLECT: Galleries at the Arvada Center Winter 2014 Exhibition

The Arvada Center’s Winter 2014 Gallery Exhibition Series addresses three major areas of collecting.

NINE dot ARTS logoThe Main Gallery will focus on the stories and motivations behind corporate art collections in partnership with NINE dot ARTS

The Upper Gallery will highlight collections from Colorado institutions and the importance their roles play in the region.

The Theater Gallery will tell unique stories of the origins and passion behind five private collections. The Arvada Center encourages everyone to start collecting and begin telling their own story.

Jan 23 – March 30

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,  Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday

Opening reception for all exhibitions:

Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public

And don’t miss the Wunderkammers – these Curiosity Cabinets feature the unique collections of some Arvada Center employees – Eiffel towers, thimbles, drumsticks and more!

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COLLECT: Art of Colorado Corporations
Wes Magyar, "Preserve", Delta Dental of Colorado

Wes Magyar, Preserve, Delta Dental of Colorado

COLLECT: Art of Colorado Institutions
Andy Warhol, "John Denver and Kimiko Powers", CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2008.02.138

Andy Warhol, American (1928-1987)

John Denver and Kimiko Powers n.d.(20th century)

Gelatin silver print, 8×10 inches

Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2008.02.138

Photo: CU Art Museum

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

COLLECT: Art of Individuals
Charles Bunnell, Untitled, Collection of Tracy and Sushe Felix

Collection of Tracy and Sushe Felix

Charles Bunnell, Untitled

oil on canvas, 21 x 25″, 1955

Upcoming Events to Arvada Center

COLLECT: Lecture

The Joy of Collecting Art and Why It’s Important

COLLECT Lecture from Dana Cain, local art collector
Collection of Dana Cain

Local art collector Dana Cain explains how and why anyone and everyone can collect art. You will be inspired to buy art – no matter your budget – in this lively presentation.


Saturday, February 22

1:30 p.m.   Cash Bar

2:00 p.m.   Lecture

Free and open to the public

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Arvada Center Ceramics Program Installs New Salt Kiln

The new year kicks off at Arvada Center with a new salt kiln for our renowned Ceramics Program.
This new kiln is the Cooperworks Mini and is a small salt/soda kiln, built by Cooperworks Kilns. Cooperworks is a  Denver company owned by Jim Cooper, who has been building kilns in Colorado for over 30 years. cooperworks_saltKiln_arvadacenter_jan2014_yard
The new kiln will be primarily used for the Center’s  Salt Firing class. “The smaller size will give us the ability to fire quickly, probably a 6-7 hour firing instead of about 18 hours (as was with the old kiln),” says Bebe Alexander, Ceramics Coordinator. “And we can do two class firings for every 5 week class. The old salt kiln was large, so we fired once at the end of each 5 week session,” explains Alexander.
“We will also be able to do soda firings, which is similar to salt, but uses sodium bicarbonate. The surface results are different and adds yet another type of firing to our studio. So, we now have low fire, high fire reduction, raku, salt and soda firings available to our students,” says Alexander.



To view our Ceramics classes offered – click the CERAMICS tab on the CLASSES page



images used with permission from Jim Cooper of Cooperworks Kilns


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installing new CooperWorks Mini salt kiln Bebe Alexander, Ceramics Coordinator with new salt kiln

Top 10 Reasons to Support Arvada Center on Colorado Gives Day

Top 10 Reasons to Support Arvada Center

on Colorado Gives Day Dec 10, 2013  Click here to share your support!

10. Your support helps… entertain and educate almost 70,000 school children with unique theater and hands-on art activities

9. Your support helps… offer over 750 classes, camps, and workshops for aspiring artists of all ages.

8. Your support helps… provide barrier-free access to the arts for 4,000+ children and adults with disabilities with shadow-interpreted and audio-described theater performances and customized arts education experiences, including Squiggles, our fully-accessible interactive sculpture park that welcomes children (and adults!) of all abilities.

7. Your support has helped make… the Arvada Center one of the leading employers of some of the best creative people in Colorado. Some of our employees are not only creative in their ‘day job’ but are also creative as ‘artists-on-the-side’. Some of our employee artists:
· Rene Atchison, photographer
· Chuck McCoy, abstract print artist
· Katrina Niemisto, jewelry maker
· Kristen Bueb, wine maker, art historian
· Collin Parson, light artist
· Christina Noel-Adcock, nationally-recognized dance master class clinician
· Debra Sanders, installation artist working in mixed and alternative media
· Ashley Machacek, fine artist mixed media

6. Your support helps… welcome, educate and entertain 350,000 visitors annually in our two indoor theaters, 14 studio classrooms, three art galleries, outdoor amphitheater and banquet and conference rooms.

5. Your support helps… in 2013, the Arvada Center showed artwork from nearly 1,000 artists in 15 exhibitions, including “Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado”, 26th Annual Fine Art Market and Sale, 6th Annual ACES Show and Sale, 34th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and the 42nd Annual Jeffco Schools Foundation High School Art Exhibition.

4. Your support helps… preserve the art of stagecraft. The Arvada Center takes great pride in creating our productions, from the stage floor and up!

3. Your support helps… produce seven award-winning theatrical productions annually. The Arvada Center recently won the coveted “Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company” from the Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards.

2. Your support helps…the Arvada Center develop professional-level academy programs that help train and prepare aspiring young artists in the areas of orchestral music, dance and theater.

For 37 years, the Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras have provided professional-level training in orchestral music as an enhancement to school music programs.

The Arvada Center Dance Academy has trained countless dancers who have gone on to receive scholarships and to perform in acclaimed dance companies and on Broadway.

Launched in fall 2012, the Arvada Center Theater Academy Company offers talented youth a small-enrollment, high-level, in-depth program of theater instruction that deepens their skills and knowledge in the areas of character work, scene study, auditioning, and production training.

1. Your support helps… It’s simple here at the Arvada Center… Art is at the Heart of All we do…

Art is at the Heart of All We Do….Arvada Center


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