The mission of the Center for the Arts Evergreen is to enrich and serve our mountain community by promoting and cultivating the arts through quality educational programs, exhibitions, and events.
In 1974, mountain area art enthusiasts formed The Evergreen Arts Council (EAC) with a plan to build a community art center that would provide mountain area residents a place to pursue high-quality art instruction and view a wide variety of art exhibitions. In 2003, EAC leased a building from the Evergreen Park and Recreation District (EPRD). EAC was renamed Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE) in 2007 to signify that it now had a facility. CAE hosted exhibits and ran its educational programs from this facility for 14 years. CAE's educational programs include arts and crafts classes, classes in creative writing, poetry, French, art history, workshops, children's camps, and a Brown Bag Lecture Series. CAE hosts concerts and produces two community-oriented arts and crafts festivals. Due to size limitations of the EPRD facility, CAE initiated a capital campaign to purchase a larger facility. In 2015, CAE purchased and began renovating the historic Bergen Park Church. The new facility opened in September 2017, with an exhibit gallery more than twice the size of the prior gallery. CAE plays an important role in the economic vitality of the mountain community by providing cultural enrichment that attracts residents to the area. Evergreen's location on the rural border of Jefferson County offers beautiful mountain views, clean air, and easy access to outdoor recreation. However, it is removed from the cultural opportunities offered in metropolitan Denver. CAE fills that need by allowing residents to access art and art education without traveling down to Denver.
"We are so fortunate to have a vibrant art community in Evergreen and Center for the Arts continues to be a focal point for artists to learn and display their creations. People visi Evergreen specifically for the art events and festivals thus providing financial support to area businesses and our local economy. I am excited that CAE is looking to expand their footprint to support our community further."
Nancy Judge, President/CEO Evergreen Chamber of Commerce
"The arts in Evergreen are a really important part of our close-knit community... they provide another great reason for people to come together. We have such an amazing and diverse group of local artists our arts community showcases all of the different talent!"
Alexa Cowley, owner Alexa Interiors and Mountain Home
"Art is communication. It influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. It allows people from different cultures and different times to communicate with each other via images, sounds and stories. Our mountain community is also important to me. In many ways, the organizations I have had the opportunity to involved with in Evergreen, have shaped who I am. I donate to the Center for the Arts in honor of my mother and in the hope that art in Evergreen will build a stronger community by providing awareness and understanding of different cultures and different points of view."
Karen Lindsay, Art Enthusiast & Philanthropist
"The arts significantly enhance our lives. When added to the beauty of our mountain community we can see and feel so much more and in so many new ways."
Craig Ponzio, Art Collector & Community Leader
"Evergreen is a special place with a thriving arts community that enriches all of us. We treasure the impact it has on the young and old. A community alive with visual and performing arts thrives and endures. I encourage everyone to support the efforts to maintain and build an ever-increasing arts community in Evergreen, a real treasure."
Joe Glasmire, Sculpture Evergreen
"We who live at Rocky Mountain Village are fortunate to be positioned close to the Center for the Arts Evergreen - an easy walk even for those of us using walkers - and several of our residents have enjoyed not only visiting the arts center to view the shows but also volunteering there and taking classes. Fear that the pandemic might bring about the closure of the arts center was cause for me to make the largest single donation I'd ever made to help ensure their survival."
Linda Kirkpatrick, Evergreen Resident