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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Through the arts, the Arvada Center is celebrating and elevating the human condition and enriching the cultural landscape of everyone who visits us. As a nonprofit, donations enable the Center to serve more people, attract the best talent, keep our galleries free, and produce high-quality works.

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2019-20 Theatre Season

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Arvada Center's 2019-20 theatre season includes three musicals in its 526-seat Main Stage Theatre and four plays in its 226-seat Black Box Theatre.

- 'Bright Star'
- 'Plaza Suite'
- 'A Christmas Carol- The Musical'
- 'Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express'
- 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
- 'Small Mouth Sounds'
- 'Something Rotten!'

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Evidence of Program's Success

Continued ticket sales, patron inquiries, positive media coverage, and increased attendance are all evidence that the theatre season is successful. Retaining our current base of patrons, while attracting a new audience is also a strong indication of the season's relevance and balance in the competitive theatre market.

Children's Theatre and Arts Day

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Blind & Vision Impaired
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
General population

Description

The Arvada Center is often the first place young people get to experience live theatre. For over 30 years, the Arts Day program has given students the chance to work with teaching artists to study ceramics, theatre, painting, drawing, dance, and music. The Center's award-winning children's theatre and Arts Day programs serve over 70,000 children annually from across the metro area through field trips to the Center, as well as outreach programs throughout Colorado. With the support of the community, the Arvada Center strives to maintain affordable prices for its arts education programs, ensuring access for all schools along the Front Range and providing free or discounted tickets to nearly half of participating students.

The Center's acclaimed accessibility program provides audio-described and shadow-interpreted performances, giving people with varying needs a chance to enjoy the arts among their peers. Our first-rate Arts Day programs have allowed for the Arvada Center's impact to cross state lines, with some students travelling from Wyoming to attend our workshops and performances. Our outreach has also taken the arts to other cities, visiting rural Eastern Colorado and under-served areas with little to no access to the arts nor the means to afford bus travel.

The Arvada Center supports Colorado's educators by providing theatre study guides, lesson plans and other resources that help to meet Colorado Academic Standards, reinforcing arts learning.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Arvada Center gauges the effectiveness of its arts education programs by monitoring ongoing demand and participation rates through ticket sales and registration trends. Although the Center has used a range of tools over the years, online evaluation forms continue to be the most widely used and effective gauge for assessing the impact and effectiveness of its programming. We also request feedback directly from educators, students, and parents who have participated in our programming. These indicators help to ensure that the Center is meeting the needs of the community and that program goals are achieved year after year.

Scoring 1-5, 5 being the best
• Did the overall experience meet your expectations? Avg. rating: 4.69
• Rate the value of this experience for your students? Avg. rating: 4.73
• Did this experience help meet curriculum/standards? Avg. rating: 4.5

"The instructors came to us. I love the convenience of having an in-hour field trip. The cost was very reasonable too. Will definitely schedule another field trip next year. The students loved it!"
-Crown Pointe Academy

"I have been teaching for five years, and this was by far my favorite field trip that I've ever taken students on. It was the most organized process I've experienced, from booking to payment, to bus arrival, to the day-of-movement throughout the building. The staff were kind and efficient, and the students absolutely loved "Frog and Toad", particularly the tech talk afterwards. We will definitely be back in years to come! Thanks for such a great day."
-DCIS at Ford Elementary

"I can't thank the Arvada Center enough for the financial help, which allows us to participate in all you have to offer. Without your assistance, we would not be able to enrich our children's lives to such an extent. Thank you."
- The Renaissance Children's Center, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

"Our Arts Day program was outstanding! The students were enthralled with the storytelling, music, spoon playing and dance. It was a great way to learn about art and Colorado History."
- Acres Green Elementary

"Our students are thrilled with our day of learning! The majority of our families are unable to afford a live theatre
production/hands-on workshop experience like this for their children. Thank you for providing this opportunity for them."
- Pleasant View Elementary

Education Classes and Workshops

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General population

Description

The Arvada Center's 750 classes, summer camps, and professional-level training programs in drama, dance, music, visual arts, ceramics, humanities and now the digital arts, serve more than 7,000 aspiring artists of all ages annually.

Recently opened is the Digital Creative Arts Lab. The lab has state of the art technology with classes offered for all ages and stages of experience. These classes include photography, cartooning and animation, web design, film work using green screens, and 3D printing.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Arvada Center's education programs are evaluated through both qualitative and quantitative measures. Qualitative measures include student evaluations, feedback from participating instructors, formal surveys that are distributed upon completion of the class or workshop, e-mails, and letters from patrons. Increased and continued trends in enrollment are our best evidence of program success.

Galleries

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General population

Description

The Arvada Center is committed to its mission of presenting quality and engaging visual art programs that are free and accessible to the public. Experiencing contemporary visual arts in an environment of learning and exploration allows the viewer to better understand the human condition and creative spirit. In addition, the Center takes pride in its museum dedicated to educating the public about the history of Arvada and attracts an audience of school children, teachers and community members.

2019-20 Exhibitions
Colorado Abstract +10: A Survey
September 12 - November 17, 2019

528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition 2020
Print Educators of Colorado
January 16 - March 29, 2020

33rd Annual Fine Art Market Show & Sale
December 5 - December 22, 2020

49th Annual Jeffco Schools Foundation High School Art Exhibition
Jeffco Alumni: Brady Smith
Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition: Melody Epperson
April 10 - May 10, 2020

Pink Progression: Collaborations
June 4 - August 23, 2020

UNBOUND: Sculpture in the Field
Outdoor modern and contemporary sculpture exhibition featuring 17 Colorado artists

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Arvada Center's gallery and museum programs are evaluated through both qualitative and quantitative measures. Qualitative measures include patron evaluations, feedback from participating artists and volunteer docents, reviews of exhibitions by art critics, formal surveys from Arts Day participants and comments from enthusiastic patrons. Increased attendance and requests for tours are the best examples of the program's success.

Music

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population
Teachers

Description

The Arvada Center presents a variety of professional music each year including the Summer Stage Concert Series, Coffee Concerts with Jeffrey Siegel, Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations® and the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

Summer Stage Concert Series
Each year the Center presents up to 20 concerts in the Center's outdoor amphitheater and Main Stage Theatre. Acts include national touring groups such as Pat Benatar and Air Supply as well as local favorites such as the Colorado Symphony, The Denver Brass, and the Colorado Ballet.

Coffee Concerts with Jeffrey Siegel
These casual (one-hour) concerts feature classical musical selections. Mr. Siegel discusses and then performs in their entirety engaging compositions, captivating his audience with his pianistic virtuosity. Guests are invited to gather before the concert to enjoy complimentary refreshments and conversation.

Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations®
Keyboard Conversations® are concerts infused with exposition. Prior to performing each composition in its totality, Mr. Siegel informally and briefly expounds on the piece, inviting the audience to experience the music in new ways.

Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra
The CJRO performs four concerts a year at the Arvada Center featuring everything from big band to exciting modern jazz compositions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Continued ticket sales, patron inquiries, positive media coverage and increased attendance are all evidence that the music program is successful. Retaining our current base of patrons, while attracting a new audience is also a strong indication of success of this program.

Accessibility

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Blind & Vision Impaired
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

The Arvada Center's Accessibility Program ensures that all people who wish to participate have the opportunity to experience the arts by eliminating physical and programmatic barriers. Currently, the Arvada Center serves over 4,000 patrons with varying needs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Arvada Center has made strides in the accessibility of our performances, so patrons with sensory friendly and interpretive needs can experience live theatre and art alongside their peers. Sensory friendly performances are designed to be welcoming and inclusive for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, and their families. Sensory friendly performances of our children's theatre productions and A Christmas Carol The Musical are made possible through partnerships with the Autism Society of Colorado and the Autism Community Store.

Our children's theatre productions have select performances that are Shadow Interpreted for patrons with various hearing needs. This alternative approach to sign language interpretation features shadow interpreters onstage with the rest of the cast. The shadows move with the actors and take on the general look and concept of each character. This allows for a more fluid viewing experience rather than patrons looking back and forth from interpreter to stage.

Our funding assistance program makes our programs more financially accessible through donations from our patrons and funding from the SCFD. Every year, the Arvada Center continues to introduce the next generation of artists and arts patrons to all the opportunities that the Arvada Center has to offer. We hope that we are instilling a life-long love for the arts through more accessible tactics.

Focus group participants are vital in audience development, outreach and leverage for program development. At our Access Tables, present at each performance, patrons who use large print programs and assistive listening devices can either write on a provided form, or communicate directly with table volunteers how the materials worked for them, how they can be improved, or suggest other methods to enhance their theatre experience. The Center also receives many letters throughout the year from individuals with varying needs, or from grateful teachers, friends or family.

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