2018 Annual Report A Home for the Arts in Crested Butte

As a home for arts and culture, the Center for the Arts offers engaging opportunities and educational experiences to enrich and expand the life of our community.

In 2018, the Center welcomed 48,279 people through 1,232 separate events including eighteen enrichment events for school age children with 1,800 participants.

The Center’s programs and performances are estimated to contribute over $3 million to the local economy every year. The Center attracts patrons to the community who spend money directly on arts related activities, shop at local businesses, dine in local restaurants and stay in hotels.

In 2018 the Center provided an affordable venue for 84 community organizations including the Crested Butte Music Festival, the Crested Butte School of Dance, and the Public Policy Forum.

Twenty-two board members tirelessly give their time and talents to provide governance and vision to the Center.


189 volunteers donated over 1,312 hours to the Center by assisting at fundraising events and performing administrative functions for the Center.

Phase I of the new Center for the Arts is scheduled for completion in summer, 2019. Over $18 million has been raised to date. Fun facts about the new building:

109 doors

Over ten miles of conduit and 40 miles of wire

69,600 wood squares in the theater

Glass panels from Ireland

Timber from Canada

62% of the vendors are local who have been paid over $11,500,000 so far.

Special Thanks to Our Generous Supporters

Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors

2018 Financials


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48% of the Center’s operating budget comes from community based efforts including ticket sales and facility rental.

19% of the Center’s operating budget pays for administrative expenses to operate the organization.

As the Center grows so does our vision to be welcoming, vibrant, brave, and inspiring and enrich your life through the arts.

Special thanks to Nathan Bilow Photography and Kathy Amen Design.