By supporting the Arvada Center, you help make inspiring and engaging arts and cultural experiences possible for the 350,000 children and adults that visit the Center annually. Every dollar donated helps ensure the Arvada Center remains a cultural resource that keeps our community thriving and vibrant.
Your support makes it possible for the Arvada Center to do the following and more each year:
- Welcome, entertain and inspire 350,000 visitors of all ages every year!
- “Put on a show” like no one else! The Center takes great pride in preserving the art of stagecraft so it can provide patrons with the very best in live theater.
- Host a dozen or more fine art exhibitions each year in its three distinctive galleries with 10,000 square feet of space. The Center prides itself on keeping its gallery and museum exhibitions FREE and open to the public seven days a week, something that it has done since opening in 1976.
- Offer 750 classes, camps and workshops for 7,000 aspiring student artists. The Center’s wide array of programs in the performing and visual arts provides inspiring arts-based learning opportunities for students of all ages.
- Be one of the leading employers of creative people in Colorado. Our theatrical productions star talent from Broadway to Hollywood and feature actors, designers, choreographers and crew who are the tops in their fields from throughout Colorado
- Win multiple awards every year such as the coveted Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company from the Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards and Best Big Art Show about Colorado from Westword Best of Denver 2013
- Entertain and educate 46,000 schoolchildren with children’s theater productions based on best-selling books and familiar stories. Recent productions include Lyle the Crocodile, How I Became a Pirate, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley , How I Became a Pirate , Seussical and A Year with Frog and Toad . For many students, the Arvada Center may be their first experience with live professional theater.
- Grow to be the eighth largest cultural attraction in the Denver metro area.
- Produce six theatrical shows each season in its 526-seat Main Stage and 226-seat Black Box Theaters that entertain, challenge and enchant more than 76,000 patrons from across Colorado’s Front Range.
- Be a premier summer destination that entertains 15,000 concertgoers all season long with an impressive lineup of national touring acts and local cultural events in its 1,600 seat outdoor amphitheater such as Chris Isaak, Robert Cray, Indigo Girls, the Colorado Symphony, The Arvada Chorale, Colorado Ballet and more.
- Support aspiring artists through annual community and school art exhibitions. 2014 marked the 43rd year the Center has hosted an annual spring exhibition of artworks by Jefferson County high school students and the seventh year of exhibiting works by members of the Arvada Fine Arts Guild.
- House a FREE history museum that showcases the heritage and development of Arvada and the Old West.
- Provide barrier-free access to the arts for 4,000+ children and adults with challenges. The Center’s nationally recognized Accessibility Program provides shadow-interpreted and audio-described theater performances so children with hearing and visual challenges are able to enjoy and participate in live theater alongside their peers.
- Remain firmly committed to cultural well-being of the community. The Center offers free and reduced tickets to more than 20,000 low-income and underserved schoolchildren throughout the year and makes discounts and free services available to individuals with disabilities.
- For more than 30 years, the Arvada Center has been a community resource for arts education. As one of the few multidisciplinary cultural organizations in the regions, the Center is uniquely suited for this role.
- Conduct a professional-level dance academy that is responsible for training countless dancers who have gone on to receive scholarships and to perform in acclaimed dance companies and on Broadway.
- Provide more than 35,000 hands-on, educational arts experiences for students from preschool through high school, including students with disabilities. The Center’s educator-respected Arts Day and Outreach programs are designed to be an adventure in the arts that engages children's hands and expands their minds.
- Be the home to the Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras for the past 38 years. The Center’s professional-level training program in orchestral music is offered as an enhancement to school music programs and offers three levels of participation: Youth Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Concert Strings.