"Inspiring and engaging the community through arts, education and a creative exchange of ideas." Foothills Art Center's mission permeates everything we do. Exhibits and programs use art as a connector to foster creativity, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and thoughtful conversations. Foothills invites communities, families, and neighbors together into shared experiences. Expands horizons and encourages intellectual curiosity through local, national, and internal art exhibits. Opens dialogs and builds bridges between people from different backgrounds with different perspectives.
In short, Foothills Art Center is far more than simply an art gallery. It's an opportunity to enrich the lives of everyone in our communities … today and for years to come.
Foothills Art Center was established 50 years ago in Golden as a community art center and exhibition space for local artists. Today we continue to be a unique and prominent component of the community, offering valuable cultural experiences, major art exhibits, and outstanding educational programming for learners of all ages.
Foothills actively reaches out to new audiences to connect the community through art. With evening events, hands on classes, issue based programs, children's summer camps and engaging exhibits; Foothills is playing a vital role in stimulating creativity and developing cohesive communities.
Foothills is housed in two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to art exhibits in these buildings, you can also visit the Don and Carol Dickinson Sculptural Garden, containing a Jesús Morales sculpture and fountain.
The experience of viewing art in a historic space garners Foothills Art Center the reputation of being one of the most unique and critically acclaimed art venues in the Denver Metro area. With continued support, Foothills will contribute to the cultural and artistic diversity of our community for another 50 years.
"Thank You to everyone at Foothills Art Center for the generous scholarship for this past weeks art camp for my daughter, Emery. As a mother in full-time nursing school it was such a blessing! She has absolutely loved this camp and has been in her happiest of places everyday when I pick her up from camp. I'm wondering if you have any openings for any of the other art camps this Summer? I can understand another scholarship not being available, but Emery loved this week so much and I am willing to invest into her well-being! Thank you for everything!"
"I just wanted to let you know that I've paid for the extension portion for him so he can stay all day at art camp today through Thursday. It says a lot about your program that he requested and sort of insisted on staying the whole day, remembering how much fun he had last year (and he's normally a homebody!), so thank you very much for all you and your staff do for the kids!
"Mom and I had such a good time in class!! Who knew working in wax would be so easy and fun. Thanks for the great class offerings and encaustic memories."
"Meet Lucy & Allana, my new artist friends. I left my lab to grab lunch, when I found these two lovely ladies drawing near my dream house. I stopped by and started conversation with them. Guess what! They are part of Foothills Art Center. They asked me whether I have any drawing skill. My answer was "I wish". They reply, but you are such a sweet young lady with beautiful mind and that's why you are part of School of Mines. What a compliment! So proud!! Well, my reply was: everyone is gifted. We are different from each other but we all are special in particular way. Don't try to be a copy of someone, because you are already special. Be yourself!
Well, they invited me to a night event at Foothills. They said there are a couple of young artists I should meet. I am really excited."
"I wanted to share feedback on my experience as a first time participant in the Plein Air event for ArtsWeek. As a professional working artist, I enjoyed getting out to meet people while painting on locations throughout Golden. I embraced the opportunity to share my processes with all ages who came by to "see what she is doing", to promote myself, and the competition reception. During 4 days, I fell in LOVE with Golden and all its beautiful scenery in and around the town, completing 7 paintings in 3.5 days! I learned that Open Studios is a high functioning group of fabulous dedicated artists. The icing on the cake was winning Best of Show, selling the winning painting as well as 2 others through meeting patrons on the street. Successful events like this help me continue with my profession. So, I appreciate all the support for ARTISTS that underlie the success of Foothills, and am privileged to be a member to cultivate, educate, and promote the arts. Thank you for all your support!"
Take up to a 25% tax credit on your state income taxes when you make a donation of $250 or more to Foothills Art Center, subject to certain requirements and limits. Donors who make a cash donation may claim 25% as a state income tax credit. The actual credit is based on all eligible contributions during the tax year. Please see your accountant for particulars on how this could impact your tax liability. Your official tax receipt will come directly from Foothills Art Center. Contact us with questions.