Mission of the Center for the Arts Evergreen
"To enrich and serve our mountain community by promoting and cultivating the arts with quality educational programs, exhibitions and events".
Each CAE event, exhibition, class offering, art festival and program is designed to fulfill the CAE mission and to serve the artistic needs of the mountain community. We proudly adhere to "Bringing the arts and the community together."
History of the Center for the Arts Evergreen
In 1974, Evergreen art enthusiasts formed and incorporated the Evergreen Arts Council as they pursed a plan to build a visual arts/community center. Their intention was to provide mountain area residents with a place to acquire high quality art instruction, view a wide variety of art exhibitions and engage in art activities. In November 2003 that building became a reality with the lease of a 3,000 square foot facility in Buchanan Park collaboration with the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District. The Art Center houses exhibition space (also used for small concerts and recitals), classrooms, ceramic studio and meeting spaces that are also utilized for symposiums and lectures. The Center schedules twelve annual art exhibitions showcasing nationally accomplished artists as well as artists from the mountain community. The Art Center and its services are open to everyone free of charge six days a week. Low cost memberships provide individuals and families with a wide variety of discounts on the sales of art and classes offered in a wide variety of media and disciplines including the fine arts, crafts, music and creative writing. Following the tradition of the Evergreen Arts Council, CAE actively supports the visual and performing arts organizations in the community, including programs with and for area schools. CAE is responsible for publishing a monthly arts calendar in Serenity Magazine highlighting the full array and schedule of mountain area arts events and performances. Two of the Art Centerís annual highlights are its Summerfest and Winterfest arts, crafts family festivals. In 2007 the building and organization was renamed The Center for the Arts Evergreen to reflect its broader mission and extensive programming.
Coordinates: at the intersection of Evergreen Parkway (Hwy 74) and Squaw Pass Road, located in Buchanan Park next to the Buchanan Recreation Center.
From I-70: From the east, take the Evergreen Parkway to exit #252, head south on Highway 74 (Evergreen Parkway) past Bergen Park. From the west, take the El Rancho exit #251 and turn right on Mt. Vernon Rd. until you get to Highway 74 and turn right. Proceed three stop lights to Squaw Pass Rd. - turn left at that light and CAE is to the left of the Buchanan Recreation Center.
From South Denver: Take the Indian Hills/Parmalee Gulch exit off Highway 285. Follow that all the way through Indian Hills and Kittredge, where the road dead ends into Highway 74. Turn left on Highway 74 and continue on it past Downtown Evergreen, over Elk Meadow Bridge to Squaw Pass Road. Take a right at the light at Squaw Pass Rd. and CAE is to the left of the Recreation Center.
From Southwest Colorado: Take Highway 285 to Conifer. At the Conifer Staples shopping center you'll turn north on Highway 73. Take this road until it dead ends in Downtown Evergreen where you'll turn left on Highway 74. Follow Highway 74 (towards I-70) and just after Elk Meadow Bridge, take a right at Squaw Pass Rd. CAE is to the left of the Recreation Center.