3rd Ave. Arts

A nonprofit organization

3rd Ave. Arts brings together classical musicians, music teachers, music students, and music lovers under the same roof to perform, study and appreciate the best in chamber music. Hallmarks are our dense, rich concert schedule, collaboration with the area's finest musicians, and hospitality.


"Over the past decade, Third Avenue Arts has been the driving force behind the creation and development of a vibrant community that includes artists, musicians, writers, volunteers, students, and concert goers. Featuring primarily local artists, this organization continues to thrive because of the amazing relationship that exists between participants on every front. I look forward not only to performing with friends and colleagues; but also to participating in the frequent interactions with diverse groups of attendees. 3AA's welcoming and approachable atmosphere, combined with its innovative programming and scheduling, ensure that the arts belong to ALL of us."
~Rochelle Mann, D.M.A., flutist and music educator

"Third Avenue Arts, with its focus on the promotion and production of cultural events throughout the Southwest, is a perfect fit for the mission of Colorado Gives. The organization sponsors a very wide variety of excellent programming that attracts a diverse and appreciative audience. Ticket prices are kept affordable in order to provide an opportunity for everyone to experience great music, art, and poetry. As both a performer and an audience member, I am proud of the consistently high artistic quality as well as the community minded spirit that embodies Third Avenue Arts."
~Linda Mack Berven, D.M.A., choral conductor, educator, pianist


3rd Ave. Arts' mission is to present artistic and cultural events and arts education opportunities that enrich the fabric of our community.

Background Statement

3rd Ave. Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit, has its roots in Durango, Colorado, where Executive Director C. Scott Hagler moved in 2004. He began creating festivals and events, with the idea of supporting local musicians, artists and arts educators by providing space for performances, education opportunities and display of visual arts.

The organization sprang on the Durango arts scene in 2005 with the St. Mark's Recital Series, four professional concerts spread through the season which routinely garner critical acclaim. 3rd Ave. Arts continued to grow with annual events such as the Sacred Arts Festival, the Durango Bach Festival, Durango Chamber Music Festival and other concerts including The Majesty of Christmas and A Celtic Music Celebration, along with education initiatives including the Durango Chamber Music Academy and Bach to School. For two years 3rd Ave. Arts also hosted the Durango Salsa Festival, a benefit one-day celebration of all things salsa: The music, the dance, the condiment. An active and strong board of directors made this growth possible.

Organization Data


Organization name

3rd Ave. Arts

other names

3AA, The Lion's Book Corner

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities


910 3rd Ave.
Durango, CO 81301


PO Box 1383
Durango, CO 81302

Service areas

La Plata County, CO, US



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