In 1985 a determined group of Crested Butte residents converted a county maintenance garage into a community arts center. Today, that same building has been pushed beyond its capacity to try to fulfill the changing cultural needs of the community.
Over the last thirty years, the local population has doubled, and there has been tremendous growth in the number of events presented, the size of audiences, and the number and variety of educational programs provided by the Center for the Arts and its partner organizations. Two community organizations, the Crested Butte School of Dance and Crested Butte Mountain Theater, inspired the creation of the Center for the Arts. Today, twelve community groups utilize and benefit from the Center. Less than 8,000 people attended Center events in 1985, while last year over 40,000 people attended over 650 events, positively impacting the local economy by more than $3 million.
 
OUR NEW HOME
Designed to meet our community’s needs today and into the future, with:
  •  Flexible seating for 300-330
•  Dance floor and balcony
•  New Alpenglow outdoor stage
•  5 class and rehearsal rooms
•  4 art studios
•  New visual arts gallery
•  Culinary instruction and catering kitchen
•  Multipurpose meeting spaces for the community
•  State-of-the-art lighting, sound and visual technology
•  Energy efficient HVAC
•  ADA compliant
•  25,000 square feet
•  CLICK HERE to view the floorplan
 
CAMPAIGN BUDGET
  •  Total cost: $15.5 million 
  •  Total raised: $11.2 million
 
  •  Phase One - The New Building: $12.5 million
•  Phase Two - Renovation of Existing Building: $2.6 million
•  Phase Three - Renovation of the Outdoor Stage: $400,000
 

Board and Committee List

 

Board 

Ed Schmidt, President Marj O’Reilly, Secretary Joel Benisch, Treasurer
John Bruno Donna Rozman Missy Chamberland
Heather Featherman Don Haver Gloria Kern
Doris Altman Shelle Carrig Robert McCarter
Suzanne Pierson Nancy Bush Jay Jones
Tony Barnard Randi Stroh Ursla Null
Paul Merck
CB Town
Council Member
Jennifer Brody
CB Film Festival
David O/Reilly
 Mt. Crested Butte
Town Council Member
 

Design Committee Members

Ed Schmidt, President Crockett Farnell,
Owner’s Representative
Margery Feldberg
Dara MacDonald, Town of Crested Butte Melissa Mason Eric Naughton
 
Nicholas Reti Randi Stroh Jenny Birnie, Executive Director
 
 

Capital Campagin Committee Members

Ed Schmidt   
Carol Ann May, Chair
 
Jay Jones
 
Erica Daugherty, Development Director
 
Jenny Birnie, Executive Director