Planning for the Future

As many of you know, over forty years ago the citizens of Arvada created a “crown jewel” for the community: the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. 

As a department of the City of Arvada, the Arvada Center received significant financial and service support from the City over the years. As the Center grew and matured into a regional facility, City Council made the commitment to examine the structure of the Center and determine how to best maintain the mission and values of this important institution. This commitment included a study in 2012 that made recommendations to restructure the Arvada Center in order to maintain and ensure its long-term sustainability. 

To further examine these recommendations, the City Council established the Arvada Center Ad Hoc Task Force. Its purpose was to assess and further develop the recommendations of the study and if it recommended restructuring, to create a roadmap for the City Council to follow in order to achieve the best possible outcome for the City and the Arvada Center. The recommendations were presented to City Council during a workshop in August, and the Task Force received approval to continue moving forward with the proposed restructuring. 

The City Council authorized further exploration for establishing a new structure and governance of the Arvada Center. The council also requested a series of stakeholder and public meetings which were held in October 2013. The results of those meetings were presented to City Council at the November Council meeting.    

On January 6, 2014 a resolution, to authorize further exploration of an alternate structure and governance was presented to City Council. The resolution passed unanimously, and the Arvada Center staff was directed to move forward with establishing its own nonprofit status and begin board recruitment. The Arvada City Manager was directed to develop proposed contract business points that will form the basis of a draft partnership agreement between the City and the Arvada Center. The adoption of the resolution does not constitute the final implementation of the Task Force recommendations or a change in structure or governance of the Arvada Center.  Please refer to the link "Arvada Center Resolution City Council January 6, 2014" to read the entire document. 

Proposal to Restructure the Arvada Center as a Non-Profit approved by the Arvada City Council

At their July 6, 2015 meeting, the Arvada City Council voted 7 – 0 to authorize a cooperative agreement between the City and the non-profit Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.

“This agreement is the result of extensive thought and consideration to make sure we protect and preserve the wonderful asset we have in the Arvada Center, but at the same time give it the opportunity to thrive and grow with greater input and assistance from the philanthropic community,” said Mayor Marc Williams.

To read the city ordinance please download the documents on the right-hand side of this page.  

On July 1, 2016, the Arvada Center officially transitioned from the City of Arvada to become its own non-profit entity. Visitors to the Arvada Center will not notice any change to the facilities or business operations. 

We will continue to update this page as additional information becomes available. It is important to us that you are part of the process and we value your comments. To contact us, please email or call 720-898-7200.