Curtis Center for the Arts

The Curtis Arts and Humanities Center is home to many unique and exciting art exhibits, lectures, cultural events, concerts, activities for seniors, youth, and adult art programs. Curtis serves as the focal point in Greenwood Village’s commitment to the arts. Curtis offers seven exhibits during the year including Youth Art Month, Greenwood and Beyond, and the All Colorado Art Show. Learn more about the History of Curtis.

The Curtis Center for the Arts is currently closed for renovations. The center will re-open Monday, October 9th

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Art Exhibits, Lectures & Special Events 


Exhibits


The Art of "Lake of Fire"
When:  July 17 - September 8
Where:  Greenwood Village City Hall (Lobby)
What: Come celebrate the first ever Village Read with art. The Greenwood Village Cultural Arts program is proud to present "The Art of Lake of Fire". Colorado artists have taken topics and themes from our Village Read book, "Lake of Fire" and turned them into art. From fiery landscapes to related still-lifes, come see how local artists have interpreted our one read book. 

34th Annual All Colorado Art Show
When:  October 14- December 23
Reception:  October 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Curtis Center for the Arts
What: The City of Greenwood Village’s Curtis Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 34rd Annual All Colorado Juried Art Show. This exhibit is open for submissions from artists who reside in Colorado; artists may use any medium.

The Village is honored to have Tim Vacca, Director of Programs at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA), as this year’s juror. A Colorado native, Tim is an established arts administration professional who has been working in the Denver-area arts industry since 2003. As the Director of Programs at the MOA, Tim oversees education, exhibitions and communications programs. He has also worked with Denver International Airport’s Art and Culture Program as a curator and exhibitions coordinator.

Open Space- The Finite Frontier
When: January 6 - February 28
Reception: Saturday, January 13 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Curator's Talk: Saturday, January 27 1-3pm
Where: Curtis Center for the Arts
The American West, once the uncharted, undiscovered territory is not without its limitations. This picturesque open landscape is now shared by man’s footprint of over-development, industrial pollution and destructive mining practices.  On the contrary, the ever-growing city brings us modern day conveniences, cutting-edge technology, infrastructure and anthropological opportunities. This exhibition explores the wild frontier juxtaposed with the urban habitat, and how we as humans both resist and rely on these finite environments. This exhibit is curated by Robin Whatley, Program Coordinator at the Art Students League of Denver

Special Events

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The Village Read                                 

This summer the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program has partnered with the Arapahoe Libraries to present the first ever "Village Read". The program is modeled after after Chicago’s successful “One Book, One Chicago” project. The idea encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussions and activities derived from the chosen book. Credit for the original idea is given to Nancy Pearl, a Seattle librarian. “It’s based on the idea of community. My idea was that people would come together who would never come together any other way. Literature brings them together because a book touches them,” she said. Goals of the program include:

  • To encourage leisure reading.
  • To encourage community collaboration throughout the region
  • To provide a variety of means of participation through book discussions and other activities.
  • To provide resources for book discussion groups.
The group has chosen the book "Lake of Fire" by Colorado author Mark Stevens as this year's "Village Read" book. Set in Colorado, the story follows hunting guide, Allison Coil as she tries to find out what happened to a body found after a wildfire ravages the Colorado Flat Tops. Many activities will be planned in August around the themes from the book. Keep your eye out this summer for more information and a complete listing of activities. Starting in June, books will available for purchase at the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries Bookstore at the Koelbel Library and the Curtis Center for the Arts. Arapahoe Libraries will also have extra copies available for check out. Here is a list of activities planned for August:

Village Read Mayor's Kick-off
Wednesday, August 2 7pm
Koelbel Library
Join Greenwood Village Mayor, Ron Rakowsky as he kicks off a month of Village Read activities. Mayor Rakowsky will discuss his take on the book and author Mark Stevens will be on hand for the discussion and to answer any questions. Click here to register. 

Author Talk with Focus 50+
Monday, August 7 9am
Koelbel Library Room A
(Free and open to anyone over the age of 50)
This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with author Mark Stevens. Mark will lead a small group discussion on the book, answer questions and share his inspiration for this and his many other books. Click here to register.

Surviving off the Land in Colorado
Tuesday, August 8 6:30pm
Greenwood Village City Hall- Community Room
Erica, AKA Wild Food Girl, has been foraging on and off since she was a child. In recent years she experimented with wild food obsessively, to the point that wild foraged plants now make up a consistent part of her diet. She has great enthusiasm for finding, studying, identifying, tasting, experimenting with, and creating delicious meals with edible wild plants. In this discussion Erica will help you learn where to search for, how to identify, and ways to eat various wild foods that can be found and foraged in Colorado. Erica looks forward to sharing her passion for wild food with you. Click here to register.

Donelle Johnson- Hunting Guide
Thursday, August 10 7pm
Koelbel Library
Donnelle Johnson is a hunter, fisherwoman, CPA, photographer and a musician. She and her husband, David are co-founders of Hundata, a comprehensive mapping site for hunters. Donnelle spends much if her time promoting women and youth in the outdoors. Come hear Donnelle speak about her experiences as a woman hunter and her adventures in the Colorado Flat Tops. Click here to register. 

Writers Workshop with Mark Stevens
Saturday, August 12 2pm
Koelbel Library
Acclaimed author, Mark Stevens will lead a workshop and discuss his writing style, his inspiration and the business of writing.  Click here to register. 

Fighting Wildfires in Colorado
Monday, August 14 7pm
Keolbel Library
Come hear real fire fighters discuss their experience battling wildfires across Colorado. Click here to register

Writers Workshop with Mark Stevens
Thursday, August 17 7pm
Koelbel Library
Acclaimed author, Mark Stevens will lead a workshop and discuss his writing style, his inspiration and the business of writing. Click here to register. 

Closing Celebration
Free Concert and Ice Cream Social with "Let Them Roar" and special guest "The Cody Sisters"
Thursday, August 31 6pm
Curtis Park
Join us as we celebrate the closing of the first ever Village Read program. Bring a blanket and enjoy the music from Let Them Roar (haling from the Flat Tops of Colorado) and special guest The Cody Sisters. We will have free ice cream for all courtesy of Nugs Ice Cream and a tequila tasting inside the Curtis Center for the Arts courtesy of Bouzy Wine and Spirits. Plus we will have food trucks on hand. Join us as we close a month of activities with a part in the park. 



Free Concert in the Park- Colorado Honor Band and the Colorado Wind Ensemble
When: Saturday, August 5 6-8pm
Where: Curtis Park
The mission of the Colorado Honor Band and the Colorado Wind Ensemble is to provide opportunities for musicians to create, and audiences to experience, exceptional live performances of the rich and varied genres of music for woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Come hear the two groups play together with music from Hamilton, Fantastic Beasts, The Beach Boys, Beauty and the Beast and many more. Bring your blanket or your lawn chair and enjoy a summer evening with your neighbors and enjoy some music in the park. 


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Scientific & Cultural Facilities District


Through the Arapahoe County Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center is enriched by grants that enable the center to create new programs or enhance existing programs.

Americans with Disabilities Act:

If you require special accommodations for participation in our recreation programs, please call 303-486-5773. If you require special accommodations for participation in our art programs, or to access Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, please call 303-797-1779.