Cottonwood Center for the Arts
Cottonwood Center for the Arts is a community impact organization located in downtown Colorado Springs. Cottonwood’s mission is to provide art instruction, space for artists to exhibit and sell their work, and an environment for a thriving arts community, open to all. They achieve this through a three-fold approach which encompasses Campus, Access, and Perception (CAP).
Campus at Cottonwood includes the building, alley, parking facilities, and neighborhood. The Center consistently initiates and pursues capital improvement projects which include new flooring, windows in artists’ studios, upgrades to heating and air conditioning systems, and beautification projects to make the building as welcoming and safe as possible.
Cottonwood has a vested interest in the development and success of the neighborhood and continues to develop programming and projects that will drive people to the neighborhood, ensure economic stability and growth, and support local businesses.
Access at Cottonwood means access to art for all in our community. There is no admission cost associated with visiting our facility. Cottonwood wants every person who has an interest to walk through the doors and experience art. Classes are kept as low-cost as possible to encourage growth and development.
Partnerships with organizations such as Finding Our Voices, TESSA, and PAGE allow the Center to share the voices of those who may not always be heard, and offer healing and support to those in the community who need it most.
Open calls for entries allow local artists the chance to show and sell their work in our juried gallery shows. Studios are designed to create an arts community within Cottonwood that fosters support and development from the inside out.
The theater space houses two community theater groups, Star Bar Players and THEATREdART, and each play offers one evening with sign language interpretation. These intimate theater productions round out the arts community with the passion and expression that only comes from the stage.
Perception at Cottonwood means changing the perception of art in the community and the way artists are perceived as business professionals. While the main goal is Access to art at every level, Cottonwood strives to show art in the galleries and performances on the stage at the highest level.
All shows with open calls for entries are juried by professionals in the Colorado Springs art community such as gallery curators, arts administrators and academics, and even working artists. Cottonwood constantly encourages development and progression in art through the jurying process, facilitated open critiques, and through hand picked instructors for both adult’s and children’s classes.