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Arts Initiatives

Rodeo Market Community Art Center

The Rodeo Market is a non-profit community arts center, a local historic landmark and home to the South Westminster Arts Group (SWAG).   SWAG’s mission includes support of emerging artists’ careers, community outreach, and facilitating participatory and educational programs for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.  Programs currently hosted by SWAG include:

  • Rodeo Market Gallery and Gift Shop, 3915 West 73rd Avenue.  For more information, contact info@southwestyartsgroup.com
  • 73rd Avenue Playhouse, 7287 Lowell Boulevard, for more information on coming productions visit www.southwestyartsgroup.com.
  • Children’s Public Tile Project – a participatory program for children to produce durable ceramic art tiles to be used in indoor and outdoor public art installations in the Historic Westminster Arts District.
  • Sculpture on 73rd Avenue, an art-on-loan program initiated in 2010 as SWAG’s public art marketplace, solicits annual proposals from artists for placement of art outdoors around the Rodeo Market and on 73rd Avenue.  Persons interested in participating in selection or production of art can request to be put on a contact list for this program by sending a note to info@southwestyartsgroup.com.

SWAG supports the work of creative professionals in south Westminster and welcomes proposals from all disciplines, including music, spoken word, film, dance, and visual arts.

SWAG’s business office and the Rodeo Market Gallery are located in the historic Rodeo Market building, which was acquired by the Westminster Housing Authority to serve as a community center and revitalization tool in the south Westminster area.   The restoration of the Rodeo Market and SWAG programming have been supported by the State Historical Fund, the City of Westminster, the Colorado Creative Industries and other local sponsorships, donations and volunteers since 2007.

Future 73rd Avenue Community Art Center

Conceptual plans have been prepared to expand the Rodeo Market community art center to create more space for artist studios, art class space, a gallery and café. Next door, the Westminster Grange Hall, 3915 W. 73rd Ave., will continue to function as a community meeting place and performance venue.  The long-term proposal is to connect the two buildings in a manner that would preserve the historic street view of both while adding improvements on their north sides to provide space behind the Grange Hall stage for rehearsal, costume and set storage, dressing room and meeting space. A catering kitchen, restrooms and wheelchair-accessible entrances and lifts would be added as well.

In addition to the proposed improvements to the buildings, publicly owned land to the north and east will be developed over time as a park that would serve the neighborhood and the users of the two historic buildings. Examples of this integrated use include a wedding in the park, with a catered reception based in the buildings, or an art show that would use both outdoor and indoor spaces. The proposed café and artist studios in the Rodeo would use the outdoor area east of the building as an extension of the indoor uses.

No budget or specific plans have been developed for this future expansion.  Since the property is publicly owned, it is anticipated that programming will have a strong civic element, such as providing services for arts education, artist business incubation or some other plan that will emphasize public access and benefit.   Conceptual plans for the proposed building and park improvements have been developed in order to establish cost estimates. The project may cost $3 million or more, and funding sources have not been identified.

For more information, contact Tony Chacon - 303-658-2129.

City Council Proclamation

On October 12, 2009, the Westminster City Council issued a proclamation supporting the initiatives of artists in south Westminster in establishing a number of new creative businesses, the Second Saturday Historic Westminster Art Walk, and promotion of the area as the Historic Westminster Art District.  To see a list of creative professionals working in south Westminster, click here

Artist housing survey

Westminster has completed its survey of artists' space needs and preferences. The final report is available for download.

In 2005, the City of Westminster began to study the possibility of arts-related development in the historic Westminster neighborhoods south of West 80th Avenue. Artspace USA of Minneapolis was hired as a consultant and the Artspace representatives visited historic buildings, met with owners and city officials, and conducted focus groups with lenders, developers and artists. As a result of this consultation effort, Artspace recommended to the city that it study the possibility of developing an affordable rental housing project that would be designed to serve the residential and working needs of creative professionals such as artists, musicians, dancers and other workers in the arts.

Based on this recommendation, the city conducted a survey of artists' living and working needs, asking for information on space needs, types of facilities desired, income levels, household sizes and other data. The survey was completed in April 2006.

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