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Public Art Program – call for entries

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities invites artists to apply for participation in the Public Art Program. Before applying, we ask that artists reflect upon the meaning of public art in reference to its community, the mission of the Public Art Program and the goals The Arvada Center wishes to accomplish through this program.

Download the Data Sheet and Entry Information.

Arts Council rings in 30th anniversary with exciting programs

Since 1980, the Arvada Council of the Arts and Humanities (Arts Council) has been instrumental in defining the success and longevity of the Arvada Center. As the Arvada Center’s 30th anniversary commences, the Council remains devoted to the Center’s long history of commitment to the arts and to its patrons. The Arts Council is currently busy coordinating a range of strategies aimed at ensuring the Center continues to serve the public with engaging and inspiring programming for years to come.

The Arvada Center’s 30th anniversary will include activities at the Center throughout the year, culminating with a November 5th anniversary celebration. All are invited to join in the festivities! To assist the Arvada Center in providing increased access to the arts, the Arts Council is spearheading an initiative to present artwork outside the traditional context of galleries and museums. This public art program will bring monumental art projects into the public realm and introduce a broad public to the work of contemporary artists. Further benefits of the program include providing artists an expanding audience and enhancing the urban environment.

The public artwork will be funded by gifts from members of the community, businesses, and local civic groups. A selection committee comprise of Arts Council members, Arvada Center staff, community leaders, and artists will identify potential artists, after which the finalist will be chosen by community vote. The winning artist will be announced at the Arvada Center’s 30th anniversary celebration on November 5, 2006. To further provide for current and growing numbers of patrons, the Council is forming an alumni roundtable of former Arts Council members to become involved in ongoing support of the Arvada Center. Members of the council alumni roundtable already possess basic understanding of the values and needs of our patrons and offer valuable insight to the needs of the community.

In an effort to better serve patrons of the Arvada Center, the Arts Council is implementing an endowment and planned giving program, forming the “Legacy Society of the Arvada Center.” This planned giving program will expand gift options and provide members a part in maintaining the Arvada Center’s heritage by helping to lay an adequate foundation for tomorrow through an endowment. Planned giving integrates a donor’s charitable gift with his or her overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals to maximize benefits to the donor and to enhance the long-term financial security of the Arvada Center. If you are interested or have already made a planned gift to the Arvada Center, please contact Celeste Sikora, Director of Development, at 720-898-7225.

Sounds of South America

Komodore.jpgGuitarist Alex Komodore may be a familiar face to Music with a View audiences but the songs he plays this spring will be entirely new. Komodore, an assistant professor of music at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will present an enticing program of works by South American composers on March 23 and 24. The two evenings will include masterpieces by Villa- Lobos (Brazil), “ultra” romantic music by Agustin Barrios (Paraguay), tangos by Piazzolla (Argentina) as well as the monumental Sonata of Ginastera (Argentina).

“I’m excited to perform some of the great South American works for guitar,” said Komodore via email. “Each piece [on the program] represent the highest standard in guitar music that exists—stunning rhythms, extraordinary color, soulful melodic material and challenging harmonic inventiveness.”

While each piece reflects the unique cultural experiences of its composer (often through a sound that we would identify as having a “refined European sensibility”), Komodore explains that many of the works were inspired by the music of native South American tribes. It’s the fusion of varied influences that makes these musical pieces so compelling. MWAV series director Wayne Templeman and Komodore jointly developed the concept for this concert. “Wayne is a great innovator and musician in his own right who constantly looks for challenging new material for the series,” said Komodore, “it’s my goal to honor that aesthetic.”

Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 2006
7:00 p.m., $12

To buy tickets, call the Box Office at 720-898-7200.

YES, we do exchanges, BUT

Lately, we have had a flood of patrons requesting exchanges after they have missed their show. When tickets are exchanged before the show, chances are good that we will be able to sell these seats because they are usually in favorable locations. Giving exchanges after the fact creates a financial loss for the Center. Financial losses of this nature add up and eventually result in higher ticket prices for everyone. Therefore we wish to remind you of our existing exchange policy: no exchanges will be granted after Noon for matinees and after 5 p.m. for evening curtain times and you will be charged a $3 per ticket fee. Please help keep ticket prices stable.

A breath of fresh air

When Windy Peak takes the stage, only one thing is ever certain: you can expect the unexpected. Not surprising, coming from a group of musicians with backgrounds and training that span from classical and jazz to bluegrass and Hawaiian slack key guitar? The group will perform hourlong sets in the Arvada Center’s Lower Gallery on February 23 and 24, as part of the popular Music with a View series.

Pianist Deborah Schmidt-Lobis explains that she and her musical cohorts use their diverse musical backgrounds to their advantage in creating their unique sound, which has been variously described as eclectic folk, Appalachian or “very Americana.” Part of their distinctiveness also comes from their unusual mix of instruments and their unrestricted interpretations of the music they play. Between Schmidt- Lobis on piano, Kathleen Fagre on the dreamy yet upbeat sounding hammered dulcimer and the rousing strains from Gordon Burt on fiddle, the musical possibilities are limitless: familiar classical pieces can take on folk sensibilities, instruments can be played in the most surprising ways and you might just hear some singing from this group too.

Like many musicians in the area, the three have performed with various groups throughout the years (Burt still performs regularly with Southern Exposure, a mainstay of the Arvada Center summer concert series.) And though pairs of them have worked together previously (Burt and Schmidt-Lobis in the rock n’ roll band Upsidasium; Fagre and Schmidt-Lobis in the softer-sounding, new age group, Cordillera), the trio only came together to create Windy Peak a year and a half ago. Perhaps this explains, in part, their fresh approach to the music they play. From heart-breaking tunes to songs that make you want to get up and dance, you’ll find Windy Peak’s energy to be totally infectious when they blow into town.

Thursday & Friday, February 23 & 24, 2006
7:00 p.m., $12

To buy tickets, call the Box Office at 720-898-7200.