Arvada Center Blog

Visitors ‘Catch ‘Em All’ at the Center


When you wander through the Arvada Center’s gallery or sculpture field this summer you might spot some beautiful watercolor, a breathtaking stone sculpture – or a Pikachu.

Over the weekend, the sculpture garden was filled with intrepid “Pokémon trainers” hunting down virtual creatures. That’s because the Arvada Center is a popular local spot for gamers to catch Pokémon, thanks to a game called Pokémon Go.

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For those of us who weren’t kids in the 90’s, Pokémon Go is a game that turns people’s phones into camera that peek into the Pokémon universe, filled with mythical cartoon monsters. When you download the game you can find, chase down and “capture” Pokémon. The game is connected to a map, and stopping at real-life locations and landmarks gives players free stuff, or opportunities to fight in “gyms.”

Unbound: Sculpture in the Field is home to two gyms as well as a number of “Pokéstops.” They’re located at sculptures throughout the field, as well as the outside wall of the theatre and inside the Center itself. Pokémon have also been spotted inside the Summer of Watercolor gallery exhibition, and hanging around outside the Main Stage Theatre. 

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The game gives visitors a new way to engage with some of the Center’s incredible and free art exhibitions – hitting a sculpture’s “Pokéstop” offers some information about the work, as well as free stuff in the game! Come catch a few, and wander through our galleries at the same time.

We do ask that visitors be considerate of other Center patrons who may not be Pokémon hunting – and share their Pokémon-catching experiences with us! 

Read more about Summer of Watercolor and Unbound: Sculpture in the Field.

Take a look inside the workshop we held for our first original musical!


All photos by Matt Gale


A workshop performance for the Arvada Center’s first original musical brought Christmas to the Center — in the summer! On Wednesday, June 29, a cast of actors staged a workshop for I’ll Be Home for Christmas for Center donors and VIP’s.

This was the first time the show’s producers saw their work come to life on stage. Actors auditioned to perform in the workshop, and rehearsed for two days before the performance.

The musical features original music and lyrics by the Center’s longtime musical director David Nehls, and an original story written by Kenn McLaughlin. It will be directed by Gavin Mayer, with choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck. The Producing Artistic Director of Musicals is Rod A. Lansberry.


Set in 1969, I’ll Be Home for Christmas tells the story of the Bright family as they prepare for their annual Christmas variety show, one of the most-watched and anticipated television events of the year. I’ll Be Home for Christmas is set during the live TV broadcast, both on-stage and off.

Presented as a peek into the Bright family’s famous variety show, the musical features clever takes on familiar holiday songs, along with never-before-heard music!

Following the performance, audience members gave their feedback to the writers, producers, director and cast during a Q&A.

This feedback is an important step in the development process of this play, and now they’re working to polish the script before the show’s world premiere.


Stay tuned for more on the show as it takes shape! Single tickets go on sale on August 1. Don’t miss the world premiere of I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Nov. 18!