Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Established 1976
Location 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, Colorado
Coordinates 39°49′24″N 105°05′01″W / 39.823252°N 105.083531°W / 39.823252; -105.083531Coordinates: 39°49′24″N 105°05′01″W / 39.823252°N 105.083531°W / 39.823252; -105.083531
Type Arts center
Website arvadacenter.org

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is a multi-use cultural facility operated by the City of Arvada, Colorado, United States, which opened in 1976.[1] The Arvada Center comprises the Arvada History Museum, three theaters, art galleries, music, dance, and theater rehearsal rooms, classrooms, a conference center, and an amphitheater.

Facility[edit]

Located 7.8 miles northwest of Denver, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the eighth largest cultural attraction in the Denver metro area,[2] and Colorado's third-largest theatre company.[3] The Arvada Center comprises the Arvada History Museum, three theaters, art galleries, music, dance, and theater rehearsal rooms, classrooms, a conference center, and an amphitheater.

The Center offers classes in the visual and performing arts for people of all ages. The Arvada Center runs a summer theater program, composed of several stage plays and musicals performed by various companies, both run by the Center, as well as independently.

The Arvada Center is also home to the Arvada Center Chorale, a community chorus of about 70 singers that performs throughout the Denver area, and coordinates with various other musical ensembles in the area. The Chorale was run and administered by the Arvada Center directly until 2007, and works closely with the Center today to provide music to the community.

Expansion[edit]

After the Center opened there was demand for more space. In 1992 a major expansion was approved, and this nearly doubled the size of the center.[4] In December 2002 another expansion was approved, this expansion was designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects LTD at a cost of $69 million.[5] Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd. proposed this major expansion be carried out in two phases, but on October 4, 2004 the Arvada City Council voted to complete it in three phases.

The first phase included the completion of a small theater initially built in 1992, increasing the ballroom/conference facility seating from 500 to 750, providing storage space for hospitality services,providing rehearsal and storage space for performing arts,increasing exhibition space for the history museum and additional collection storage,refurbishing the existing interior,and modifying site work including exterior lighting and signage upgrades.[6] Phase 2 was completed in 2006 and it included construction of a new performing-arts shop, dedicated rehearsal space and self-contained dressing rooms with showers. New patios and gathering spots dot the area outside.

The second phase also saw expansion of the art gallery and history museum, improvements to the ballroom, additional rest- rooms, landscaping and 60 new parking spaces.[7]

Phase 3 will not be completed until 2018.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arvada Center [1],"Arvada Center Expansion Historical Overview",October 11, 2004, accessed April 25, 2011
  2. ^ Arvada Center "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-04-27. ,"Arvada Center Expansion Findings Presented to City Council April 12",April 26, 2004, accessed April 25, 2011
  3. ^ Moore, John"Arvada Center to open its Box 200-seat space built for theater".Denver Post,December 3, 2006,p.F.16
  4. ^ Arvada Center [2], "Arvada Center Expansion Historical Overview", October 11, 2004, accessed April 25, 2011
  5. ^ Arvada Center [3], "Arvada Center Expansion Historical Overview", October 11, 2004, accessed April 25, 2011
  6. ^ Arvada Center "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-04-27. "Three-Phased Expansion Plan"October 11, 2004, accessed on April 26, 2011
  7. ^ Moore, John"Arvada Center to open its Box 200-seat space built for theater".Denver Post,December 3, 2006,p.F.16
  8. ^ Arvada Center [4],"Arvada Center Expansion Historical Overview",October 11, 2004, accessed April 25, 2011

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