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Chaffee County Council on the Arts

Chaffee Arts programs include free student art classes, Open Awards Art Show, Art Walk, Artist Studio Tours, Rotating Art Exhibits, Recycling Art Markers, workshops, social and selling events. All programs are Free and Open to the Public.

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General Information

Official Name
Chaffee County Council on the Arts​​​​​​​
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Chaffee Arts
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
7385 W. US Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
Colorado Location
7385 W. US Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
Mailing Address
PO Box 1154
Buena Vista , CO 81211
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Mission Statement

Chaffee Arts mission is to support local artists, promote their art, and learn from one another. We strive to create a visual arts community in Chaffee County through education, shows, and arts collaborations thus adding to the artistic and economic vitality of our region.

Organization History

Chaffee Arts (Chaffee County Council on the Arts) has been in existence since 1985 providing support for artists and providing free art programs for Chaffee County. The group has honored and celebrated artists in our community and has changed as the needs of the membership have changed. The signature event, Open Awards Art Show, has been held for over 30 years and continues to draw talented artists from across Chaffee County and the State of Colorado. Recently the group has expanded its' vision to provide free art classes for students and youngsters served by other non-profits. Collaborating with other groups and serving a wider community has resulted in growth of the Chaffee Arts membership. This re-vitalized organization is focused on financially sound growth in order to ensure its success for another 35 years.


"Chaffee Arts provides a valuable service to new and upcoming artists by giving them the opportunity to show their work and meet other artists. The organization helps artists gain confidence and gives them the courage to continue to build their art career" Evelyn Gottschall Baker, Glass Fraction Studio
" Chaffee Arts does a tremendous job of supporting and enhancing art opportunities for the community and for exposing kids to art. Chaffee Arts also provides a platform for good quality art interaction with the community through artist studio tours and the Open Awards Art Show." David Bailey, Wildstone Ceramics

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