One Square Foot at a Time
The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center is on a new mission: Purchase the building it occupies to help ensure it remains a permanent part of the culture and atmosphere of beautiful Cedaredge Colorado.
Cindy Starr had a vision. Traveling the world with her musician husband, David Starr, gave her the opportunity to experience the inspiration of the art and music culture, and she wanted to bring that experience to her new hometown, Cedaredge, Colorado. During her visits to venues across the country and abroad, she inquisitively researched the workings of a center for visual and performing arts.
During a Friday afternoon art walk along Cedaredge's Main Street in the summer of 2016, Cindy surveyed the patrons and discovered a strong desire for more art and music - and more evening activities!
Cindy shared her vision with her husband, who enthusiastically supported the idea. So they reached out to a group of locals who had diverse backgrounds; grant writers, non-profit experience, businessmen, teachers, artists, musicians, etc., and everyone was on board! The mission, with the support of the community, was now one of turning the vision into a reality.
After forming a 501c3 and a Board of Directions, the Grand Mesa Arts Center was born. The group now needed to find a host for their vision. A historical building on Main Street was available for rent, and the group jumped on the opportunity to lease and renovate the building. Builders, painters, artists, and suppliers all came together to donate time and materials for the renovation of 195 West Main Street. A campaign was launched to raise funds to turn the building into a beautiful and welcoming center for the arts. Hundreds of "Founding Members" donated to the effort and, on June 15th, 2018, the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center opened its doors to the public.
Since its inception, GMAEC's mission and guiding principals (found here) have been to serve the community. With a welcoming atmosphere, the center has offered educational classes and lectures; student activities, performances, and art shows; a currated gallery featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, and unique creations from artists across the state; movement classes; dances; dinners; and concerts from the likes of internationally acclaimed artists John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and John Oates (Hall & Oates), to the amazing talent of local musicians and bands such as Sinners & Saints and Bittersweet Highway. With the help of the community, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center has become a cornerstone in Cedaredge.
The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center entered into a lease for 195 West Main Street which expires in November 2022. With the opportunity to purchase the building at a fixed price, the challenge of raising funds to purchase the building at the end of the lease has become critical.
Our community is invested in the GMAEC and we are asking for support to secure this investment with the purchase of the building, allowing us to continue and expand our programs for the community and beyond.
You can "own" a piece of this historic building and be a part of our continued effort to remain a vibrant and thriving arts, cultural, and educational center!
Each square foot of the building costs $80, so please consider "purchasing" a portion of the building and help us reach our goal.
All donations of $500 or more will be eligible for the 25% enterprise Zone Tax Credit, applicable to your CO state taxes in the year the donation is made. (Please consult your tax preparer to assess the impact to your CO state taxes)
Thanks to you - We Did It!!!
Your generous donations helped us secure our FOREVER HOME!
Thank you to all who donated, and to our grantors, who made it possible for us to purchase the building and ensure that GMAEC will be a permanent part of the Cedaredge community and beyond!
A Celebration will be held on November 15th in the parking lot at 6:30 p.m.
WE DID IT!!!