The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is devoted to supporting and promoting arts and culture in the Yampa Valley by planning, producing, and collaborating with arts and humanities programs and initiatives that have a positive educational, cultural and economic impact for the community.
The beautiful Historic train Depot which the Steamboat Springs Arts Council has continuously taken care of since 1972 has a steady train of visitors and users throughout the year: 5200 students of our affiliate's classes, 5,900 art exhibit visitors & workshop participants; over 200 Young at Art Summer Campers and 2,000 Special Events visitors, not to mention the people who walk by and enjoy the caboose and gardens outside that are not counted. This rare community treasure stands proudly on 13th street next to the mighty Yampa river.
We contribute a variety of art and cultural engagement opportunities to Routt County residents and visitors including: visual arts exhibitions for established and emerging artists, educational programming, youth creativity camps, arts and cultural special events. We also support affiliate and artist members through program collaboration, marketing assistance, fiscal sponsorships, and education opportunities. The only professional orchestra in Northwest Colorado and its education outreach is a current program of the SSAC. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council (SSAC) has been supporting the arts in our community, operating out of the 1908 historic Train Depot (The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts) since 1972.
Steamboat Springs has placed in the top ten of several statewide and national lists in 2014 as a great place to live and visit. The SSAC has been a strong leader in promoting the arts in Steamboat Springs and collaborates with 30 affiliate arts and cultural organizations in our community. We are a resource for support and inspiration for over 140 working artists in the Yampa Valley, driving our town's creative economy.
We are very proud of the work this organization has been doing since 1972 not only encouraging collaboration among all the arts in the Yampa Valley but also encouraging emerging artists in our monthly exhibitions. Such as Gregory Block who was named 'One of 21 Artists under 31 to Watch' in 2012 in Southwest Art Magazine. Greg had his first show at the Routt County Youth Art Exhibit at the Depot as a high school senior in 2004. Many artists and participants report that showing as a youth and/or emerging artists in a professional environment encourages personal growth and participation in the arts.
The 33rd annual writers' group continues to exhibit strength and stability with a very high percentage of authors going on to publish their works, as well as fine tuning personal essays and memoirs that encourage personal growth and exploration. The Written Art program offers valuable cultural and historical resources linking our heritage to the Yampa Valley communities at large. One memoir work shopped in the group was donated to our local museum and has become a valuable contribution to the history of the Yampa Valley. The members of the writer's group have supported many young people who have gone on to college to major in writing and literature. The group hosts writing and poetry presentations and does community outreach through school visits.
The beautiful Historic train Depot which the SSAC has continuously taken care of since 1972 has a steady train of visitors and users throughout the year: 5200 students of our affiliate's classes, 5,900 art exhibit visitors & workshop participants; over 200 Young at Art Summer Campers and 2,000 Special Events visitors, not to mention the people who walk by and enjoy the caboose and gardens outside that are not counted. This rare community treasure stands proudly on 13th street next to the mighty Yampa river.