Art Encounters is a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit that showcases a number of sculptures, in various media and styles, displayed in highly visible areas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker. The project is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail or civic areas where they are displayed.
Program partners include:
Parker Arts, Cultural and Events Center
Scheduled for a spring 2010 groundbreaking, Parker’s new Arts and Cultural and Event Center will be home to a 500-seat theater, a dance studio, a beautiful event room, several classrooms and a commercial kitchen. Designed by the nationally-acclaimed architecture firm Semple Brown Design, the facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011. The new cultural center will be located on the southeast corner of Mainstreet and Pine Drive in historic downtown Parker. Once open, this state-of-the-art facility will host local, regional and national touring performances, as well as expanded art, cultural and special interest programming.
The Citizens of Lone Tree have authorized the construction of a new Lone Tree Arts Center in the Lincoln Commons area of RidgeGate, just south of Lincoln Avenue, and one-half mile west of I-25. Coventry Development Corporation has donated a multi-million dollar parcel of land for the construction of the cultural arts facility. Westlake Reed and Leskosky has been retained to design the center. Preliminary and final design will be completed in 2009. Construction of the center will start in 2010 and the center is scheduled to open 2011.
The 43,000 square foot venue will include:
- 500 seat proscenium theater with orchestra and balcony seating
- 150-225 seat flexible theater/meeting space/banquet hall
- An intimate amphitheater for outdoor performances and events
- Folding glass wall leading to the amphitheater
- Grand entry hall designed to accommodate special events
- Gallery space to display visual art
- LEED Certification anticipated
Metro Denver Area
The Metro Denver region has developed a strong environment of arts and cultural institutions. From the world-renowned Denver Art Museum to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, from the Denver Botanic Gardens to the Denver Zoo, the region has over thirty cultural venues and many more arts and cultural events. Living in Douglas County provides easy access to all of these activities.
In addition, Douglas County has its own share of cultural events and organizations, from the Wildlife Experience in Parker to the Cherokee Castle and Ranch Foundation in Sedalia.