After much planning, community input, research, negotiating and fundraising, local volunteers and contractors came together and the community’s first center for creative artists, performers and educators was opened.
The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center is housed in a repurposed building built in 1906 and located at 195 West Main Street in Cedaredge. During its early history, this building was the local movie theater. It has, over the years, changed owners and purposes and it has evolved from housing a general store, a bank, a service station, a health food store, and most recently a spa and beauty salon.
With input from a cross section of local artists, the building has been completely renovated. It now houses a black box theater that seats 160 people, a gallery to showcase artists and other visual work and rooms that are multi-purposed to accommodate an assortment of teaching, meeting and event possibilities. The original tin ceiling, the old bank vault, and a mural, painted by a past owner, remain as a tribute to its history.
Today The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center and this wonderful old building have come full circle and house a vibrant performing and visual arts center for the entire community. The Board of Directors is pleased to be able to host:
• Performances…music, theater, and recitals
• Art… demonstrations, classes, and a gallery hosting featured artists
• Events…weddings, receptions, family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, and other life celebrations
• Lectures, symposia, movies, poetry and creative writing readings
• Programs/Education…children, all-age adults, veterans, and IDD programs
The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center serves the needs of Cedaredge by providing a home to the many artists, musicians, and people interested in supporting this tapestry of talent and other educational and community needs. Their doors are open to welcome you on your next visit to the Surface Creek area so check out the upcoming events at: grandmesaartscenter.com or follow them on facebook.com/grandmesaartscenter