40 West Arts

A nonprofit organization

Help us inspire artistic experimentation for both the novice and professional, and expand the creative, cultural, entrepreneurial, economic, and physical vitality of our community. You can be a part of the energy along our historic West Colfax. Donate today.


"What an inspiration to the community! The 40 West Arts team has created a renewed energy for this historic sector of our community. I look forward to our continued collaboration-and to see how much more 40 West Arts can accomplish." -former Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy

"I opened my gallery here to be a part of the 40 West Arts community. I couldn't be happier with the progress and the people moving 40 West forward."
-Judy Cybuch, 40W Member & Owner of Gallery of Everything

"What a difference 40 West Arts has made . . . we not only see the changes happening--we can feel the energy! MuralFest was an amazing event! Keep up the great work." --Tom & Sally Richardson, NE Lakewood Neighborhood


As a state-certified creative district, our mission is to enrich the community and enhance the creative, cultural, and economic vitality of the historic West Colfax corridor by creating community arts spaces and community arts events and by supporting creative enterprises, experiences, and activities in the district.

Background Statement

Established in 2011, 40 West Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, 40 West Arts is a non-profit, state-certified creative district along Lakewood's historic West Colfax Avenue. 40 West Arts is home to an ever-growing number of creative venues, from live performances at Benchmark Theatre to cutting-edge contemporary art at Edge Gallery, Next Gallery, Pirate: Contemporary Art and others. The district includes the campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and the popular Mexican-themed entertainment restaurant Casa Bonita, a national top-ten roadside destination.A new amenity in the district is the 40 West ArtLine (40WestArtLine.org), a four-mile walkable, bikeable outdoor arts experience funded in part by the National Endowment for the Art and the Lakewood-W. Colfax BID. The ArtLine intersects three parks and comprises 70+ art installations including sculptures, murals, fence art, interactive games and more.

Organization Data


Organization name

40 West Arts

other names

40 West Arts

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities

Organization Size

Medium Organization


1560 Teller Street
Lakewood, CO 80214


6501 W. Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80214

Service areas

Jefferson County, CO, US