Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council

A nonprofit organization

TASHCO will use your donation to support Arts in the Park summer family programs, year-round Thornton Arts Academy classes, Day of the Dead annual community celebration, and OZ Gallery exhibits - all of which provide access, education and engaging entertainment for Thornton's growing multi-ethnic and multigenerational communities.


From Lynne Holman at the Denver American Indian Festival - "In 2013 two Native American women thought it would be a nice idea to have a small festival that would be free, family friendly, and would be open to all people to come learn, enjoy and be a part of Native American art, culture, food, song and dance. They started small with a VERY meager budget. They planned for the first Denver American Indian Festival in Fall 2014, hoping for 200 to 400 but got attendance of 1200. They had never created a non-profit or run a festival, but did both. Over the next few years, they were noticed by the city of Thornton which became a sponsor and it deepened with the backing of the Thornton Arts, Science & Humanities Council (TASHCO). That council with expertise in non-profits, event planning, and activities supporting art, education and improving community life, gave the Festival organizers encouragement, advice, and support financially. This was primarily done through the staff and members of TASHCO who saw the need for such an outreach free family festival. Move ahead to 2019 and the festival welcomed almost five thousand attendees over 2 days, and hosted nearly 40 Tribes as entertainers, artists, food specialists and vendors. TASHCO has continued its support as we have also now added a Foundation non-profit to our efforts to reach out for the good of Native Americans and the community in which we live. We are a Virtual Festival this year but hope to welcome all in 2021 for an in-person event again. Having TASHCO encourage and support us with sponsorships, advice, and encouragement allowed us to grow exponentially in our ability to create and partner with other non-profits meeting the needs of Native Americans in our communities and around the nation."


Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes cultural, historical and scientific events and programs in the city of Thornton. TASHCO's mission statement is to "capture the hearts and minds of all Thornton Citizens and enhance the quality of their lives through exposure and involvement in the arts, sciences and humanities."

Background Statement


Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was formed in 1991 by the City Council for the purpose of promoting arts, sciences and humanities in Thornton. City Council was established as members of the corporation and Council served as the Board of Directors.

A list of recent projects TASHCO has worked on along with Staff:

• Public Art acquisitions

• Arts in the Park yearly events

• Annual Day of the Dead Celebrations

• Thornton Arts Academy classes

• Thornton Pride Events

Organization Data


Organization name

Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council

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Year Established


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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Organization Size

Small Organization


9209 Dorothy Blvd
Thornton, CO 80229

Service areas

Adams County, CO, US