This week's progress! 

Photo Credit Nathan Bilow


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.


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


Construction funding of the entire new facility is now complete!

Donations of all sizes are still needed to support the new building’s equipment and operations.

Leave your heART in Crested Butte

                       Naming Opportunities


There are several naming opportunities still available for you to support your amazing new Center for the Arts! Your legacy gift will benefit the entire community today and for future generations.

You can also support the Center’s new facility with a gift in the amount that’s right for you to help fund the Fit Out of the new building. Fit Out is the process of making the interior spaces suitable for occupancy once the base construction has been completed. The Center’s Fit Out opportunities include things such as acoustical curtains, sound systems, LED lighting, digital control systems and more.

CONTACT: Jenny Birnie, Executive Director,, 970.349.7487 ext. 2



Leave your heART in Crested Butte

Adopt a bench or bike rack. Tell your story.


Local artists will create artistic and functional outdoor benches and bike racks to complement the Center for the Art’s new facility. Whether you live here or visit, now is your chance to leave your heART in Crested Butte at the Center for the Arts.


Imagine your family name, business name, or honoring a loved one with a lasting inscription or dedication on a nameplate affixed to a bench or bike rack. Leave your story, message or memory in a few, short words.


Adopt a bench or bike rack with your donation of $25,000 (limited availability)


Inscription examples:


In memory of

Joe and Josie Smith

Who loved the arts and each other


Here’s to many more shared experiences

Happy Anniversary Josie

Love, Joe


Helping to power the arts

for everyone to enjoy

Tri-State Electric Company


CONTACT: Jenny Birnie, Executive Director,, 970.349.7487 ext. 2




The Front Row

Limited Membership now available


Be a pivotal part of our exciting future! You’re invited to join a small group of members who share a deep connection to the Center by joining The Front Row. Your Front Row membership of $100,000 can be given over a period of up to 10 years. Members will enjoy customizable benefits throughout the year - for ten years!


Benefits may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acknowledgement on the donor wall in the new facility

  • Invitations to exclusive Front Row events

  • Early notification of upcoming Center productions

  • Meet and greet opportunities with performing artists

  • Exclusive access to the balcony or a private VIP area at selected events

  • Early admission to selected Center events

  • Recognition in the Center’s program books and on the website


Most importantly, your ten-year membership provides an essential source of long-term, stable funding for the visual, performing, culinary and literary arts programs that bring our mission to life.


CONTACT: Jenny Birnie, Executive Director,, 970.349.7487 ext. 2


The Center for the Arts is an IRS designated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all memberships in The Front Row are eligible for federal tax deduction. In addition, individuals who pay Colorado State Income Tax are eligible for an Enterprise Zone tax credit on their Colorado return. Donations of $50 or more earn a 25% tax credit.




You can also support the Center’s new facility with a gift in the amount that’s right for you. Donations of all sizes will help fund the new building!