The Cultural Arts program creates an environment where artists and cultural organizations thrive by advancing and supporting the arts for the benefit of the citizens of Greenwood Village. Art and culture are integral to the livability of our community. Diverse cultural offerings play an essential part in the high quality of life in Greenwood Village and in maintaining a strong sense of civic pride. The Village’s contribution to the arts through its programs as well as ongoing collaborations with many local arts groups and individual artists makes Greenwood Village stand apart from other Colorado communities. In addition to initiating and supporting a variety of arts and culture programs, the Cultural Arts program manages the Curtis Center for the Arts bringing rotating exhibits and art classes for youth and adults, brings concerts and special events to the parks and other city venues and presents public art throughout the city.
Village Read- Rush
Celebrating its third year, the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program has once again partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to present the "Village Read". The idea encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussions and activities derived from the chosen book. The goals of the program are to encourage leisure reading, create community conversations and bring the community together through literature. This year the group has chosen the book "Rush" by Colorado author Jayme Mansfield. In "Rush", Mary, a single mom, tries to strike her claim in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. In competition with desperate homesteaders, ruthless land seekers and a sheriff determined to see her fail, Mary thrusts her flag in the dirt to claim 160 acres of her own. But with that claim, she risks more than she ever could imagine. Mary is faced with a past riddled with loss, hardship and reminders that a woman isn't capable of surviving on her own. Will Mary's stubborn and independent spirit keep her mired in the past? Or will she find forgiveness and love in the wild plains of the Midwest?
This year's program will begin with the Mayor's Kick Off on August 1nd at 6pm at Koelbel Libraries. Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowski will interview the author and give his insight into this year's book. Books are available for purchase or check out at the Curtis Center for the Art and Koelbel Library. All events will take palace in August. Check the Greenwood Village website for a complete listing of events and activities.
All events are free and open to the public.
Greenwood Village Open Studios Tour: Saturday, September 7
In 2014, a group of artists located in rural Greenwood Village joined forces to begin what is now known as the “Women of Steele Studio Tour”. These women had been surprised to learn that between them they had four active art studios within a few hundred yards of each other in a neighborhood of quaint equine beauty. The circumstances were ideal for an event that would celebrate these artists’ work and workspaces. Thus began their annual tradition of opening their art studios to the public for a day. Now in its fifth year, the studio tour has become a much-anticipated event with golf cart rides on dirt roads and guest artists exhibiting in hosted studios. This year the City of Greenwood Village's Cultural Arts Program has partnered with these artists to encompass more neighborhoods and more artists. The studio tour takes place on September 7th from 10am to 6pm. There will be 8 open studios hosting 16 artists located throughout Greenwood Village. Studios include: Pat Aaron (Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor), Deborah Carlson (Glass Artist), Connie Dines (Photographer), Joellyn Duesberry (Painter), Jennifer Freeman (Painter), Amy Mower (Jewelry Artist) and Tina Suszynski (Sculptor). Guest Artists include: Susan Bell (Painter), Rita Derjue (Painter), Marie Foucault-Phipps (Glass Artist), Walt McGrew (Metal Artist), Mary Murphy (Jewelry Artist), Dan Telleen (Jewelry Artist), and John Wood (Painter). For more information call the Curtis Center for the Arts at 303-797-1779.