The Tesoro Cultural Center (Tesoro means "Treasure" in Spanish) is committed to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. All Tesoro events are inspired by Colorado's rich history and cultural diversity of the American Southwest; including the Spanish, Mexican, Native American, African American, Early American and European cultures. From art and cuisine to historical re-enactments and music, the Tesoro Cultural Center's mission is to create community based events and educational outreach programs designed to enrich and celebrate our cultural heritage.
The late historian, Samuel Paul Arnold, current Executive Director, Holly Arnold Kinney, and the late Dr. Mary Fox Arnold, patroness of the arts and educational organizations, founded the Tesoro Foundation, now doing business as the Tesoro Cultural Center (Tesoro) in 1999. In May 2010, Tesoro Cultural Center received the IRS Letter of Determination having met the 60 month public support test and is a full public 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Tesoro is located in The Fort in Morrison, Colorado (a National Historic landmark) which is the first authentic replica of Bent's Old Fort that was originally located near La Junta, Colorado. Bent's Old Fort was a private international trading fort located on the Arkansas River from 1833 until 1849. Tesoro utilizes the historic building in Morrison as a living history site to educate about Colorado's indigenous and pioneer cultures through historical re-enactments, art, music and cuisine. Tesoro is committed to developing exceptional, dynamic cultural events and programs. Our events attract local, state, national and international artists and visitors.