Arts & Community in
Haa! Are you ready for some creativity?
Haa School for the Arts-
Creative energy bursts through the doors of the
colorful Ah Haa School, located in a former brothel of the mining days.
Ah Haa School encourages budding artists to develop their talents in
painting, drawing, ceramics, fabric, book arts, photography, basketry,
writing, printmaking, and dance. Ah Haa frequently offers
artist-in-residence programs, lectures, and gallery showings. This
multi-generational school also presents the Telluride Writer's Guild and
Out Loud Lecture Series. 728-3886 or
Baseball Club- A local baseball club that supports and promotes
baseball in Telluride, Colroado.
Radio- Everywhere you go in Telluride
people will be listening to KOTO, our very own free-form radio with
local volunteer deejays playing their favorite music - from American
jazz to bluegrass, rock'n'roll to salsa and world music. KOTO could be
called the heartbeat of Telluride, with message boards for rides around
the country, Trash or Treasure for buying and selling, live Town Council
meetings, and local news as it happens. Fundraising events are hilarious
and traditional, such as Lip-Sync Contest, Rubber Duck Race, Black Bean
Saute, and Night at the Opera. Tune in to PM 91.7 or 89.3. 728-4334 or
Opera House and Sheridan Arts Foundation- The
Sheridan Opera House is truly center stage in Telluride's thriving
arts community. Historic, intimate, and beautiful, it is an
extraordinary venue for everything from concerts to movie premieres.
Built in 1913 by Telluride miners, this historical landmark hosts a
variety of events including the Telluride Film Festival, Chamber Music
Festival, MountainFilm Festival, numerous theatre productions, movies,
festivals, benefits, and concerts. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is a
non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Opera House as an
artistic venue and attracting quality arts and cultural events to
Telluride. The Foundation also helps to encourage the development of
young playwrights and performing artists in the area. 970-728-6363
Academy- Providing enrichment
education to youth and teens since 1984, this non-profit
organization specializes in summer arts and recreation programs. Many
locals participate in these very popular courses, but about half of the
500 participants are from families visiting in the area. The Telluride
Summer Research Center is another Telluride Academy program that offers
science lectures for adults. Usually held on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.,
from mid-July to mid-August at the Telluride Elementary School. Free.
Tel: 728-5311 fax: 970-728-5312 or
Education Foundation (TEF) was established in 1993 for the
purpose of preserving, supporting and improving the education of
students in the Telluride R-1 region. The goal of TEF is to enhance
and amplify the educational opportunities of Telluride children. To
date, it has proved extremely successful in its endeavors. Through its
fund raising efforts, TEF has been able to help create a rich diversity
of exciting educational programs and projects for students of all ages
Chamber Orchestra- Opportunities
for local and regional amateur and professional musicians to work
together and perform for the community are provided by the chamber
orchestra. Musicals that feature various styles and instrumental
groupings are performed in the spring, summer and fall. 728-1463
Council for the Arts & Humanities- Dedicated
to keeping the arts strong, healthy and growing in Telluride, TCAH
is a grassroots, community-based group that offers education programs,
individual artist grants, the "Homegrown Series" which
showcases the original works of local artists, and the annual
Celebration Arts Street Fair. 728-9830 or
Writers Guild- The Writers Guild
brings all creative folks together for readings, workshops,
competitions, occasional publications and an annual literary festival in
October, called the Walking Words. Every month, a free, open meeting is
held at the Ah Haa School featuring a local or nationally known writer
presenting their work. Later, meeting participants share their own
creations - poetry, writing samples, lyrics and stories of all kinds.
728-0399 or email:
& Cinema- For more than a
quarter of a century, Telluride has attracted film lovers with
intimate and unique festivals like MountainFilm and the Telluride Film
Festival that focus on the art of cinema in a relaxed, friendly
atmosphere. Aside from viewing a world-class selection of films, guests
have the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and fellow film lovers,
attend symposiums, and take in an eclectic mix of gallery exhibits.
Audiences at the Telluride Film Festival have been the first to see
films such as The Crying Game, The Piano, Roger & Me, Secrets and
Lies, Sling Blade, and Amelie. The Telluride IndieFest, featuring
independent films and now in its seventh year, is scheduled in
conjunction this year with the Film Festival.
on the Arts and Special Events (CASE)- Created
to promote support for the arts and special events, CASE evaluates
grant requests, recommends levels of funding to Town Council,
administers allocations, and encourages a supportive environment for
festivals, performing arts, visual arts and special events in Telluride.
Soccer Club- A local soccer club supporting youth soccer.
Paintball Club- A local paintball club providing instruction and
opportunities to play paintball games in Telluride.
Festivals- The mountains are
alive with the sound of music all summer long in Telluride. Our tiny
mountain town is host to some of the oldest and most revered musical
celebrations in Colorado featuring world-famous talent, including the
Bluegrass Festival, the Jazz Celebration, Chamber Music Festival, Blues
and Brews Festival, and free Sunset Concerts.
1977 Telluride’s majestic perch - high in the spectacular San Juan
mountains in SW Colorado - has been the site of a musical odyssey
combining the finest of nature and art. Each year the Telluride Society
for Jazz produces one of the most memorable festivals in the world. Its
intimate format and opportunities for pleasure are beyond the superb
music - hiking, mountain jeep tours, visits to mining ghost towns,
biking and more - bring an audience of up to 3,000 per day to this
historic, one-of-a-kind Victorian town seen by most Americans only in TV
commercials. Combining outdoor stages during the day with theater and
club shows running at night, this festival is not to be missed.
Institute- Focusing on innovative
research and education in the arts, environment, and telecommunity,
this non-profit organization contributes to the theoretical and
practical aspects of sustainable community. Programs include the San
Miguel Watershed Education Conference, the InfoZone, Greenbucks,
conferences, and workshops. 728-4402 or email
Lecture Series- The Ah Haa
School sponsors this series that features local and national
personalities who "push the envelope" to provoke discussion,
as well as educate and expose issues inside or outside of the Telluride
Artisan's Guild (TAG)- The guild
provides support for San Miguel County artisans, with members
displaying their crafts to the public several times a year such as at
the Film Festival and before the Christmas holidays. For a list of
regional artisans, contact TAG. 728-6525
Choral Society- The Telluride
Choral Society holds WinterSing concerts in December, SpringSings in
April, and SundaySings in February and March. It supports the Children's
Chorus of Telluride, the Telluride Chorale, the Telluride Chamber
Singers, and other vocal music through performances and ongoing music
Foundation- The newly formed Telluride
Foundation, headed by ski industry veteran Paul Major, supports many
extraordinary endeavors in arts, education, athletics and charitable
causes by enriching existing programs and services. This non-profit
community foundation develops, manages and allocates community resources
in partnerships with donors and grantees. Its goal is to disburse over
$1 million annually in cash and services in the Telluride region by
2003. The Telluride Foundation also presents a limited number of
top-tier events designed to celebrate and enrich the Telluride
Repertory Theatre Company- The
Telluride Repertory Theatre commands a full house for their high
caliber theatre productions of original, classic and contemporary works.
Each summer the Rep presents "Classics in the Park," a
three-week run of outdoor theatre ranging from Shakespeare's Macbeth to
dramatic tragedies like Medea. The Rep also delights summer guests with
free Commedia Del'Arte performances in Mountain Village. During the
winter, the Rep performs at the Sheridan Opera House with high-energy
Broadway favorites such as Hair, The Fantastiks, and the Rocky Horror
Picture Show. This year's presentation will be Romeo and Juliet
performed on the Town Park stage. 728-4539 or email:
in Telluride- Offering all levels of
classes in ballet, modern, and jazz for all ages, the Telluride
Dance Academy is sponsored by the Telluride Society for the Performing
Arts and was founded by prima ballerina Valerie Madonia. 728-8093
in the Rockies
The Pinhead Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the first in Colorado. There
are currently 140 Smithsonian Affiliates nationwide. We have been in
operation for three years, based in Telluride, Colorado. Historic
Roots A historic Telluride/Smithsonian connection dates back to
the early part of the last century. From the first time they met in
1905, Charles Walcott, Secretary of the Smithsonian from1907 to 1927,
and the famous Telluride engineer and entrepreneur L.L. Nunn were close
friends. Over time, Walcott and his sons invested in Nunn's businesses,
and conversely, Nunn's philanthropic foundation, the Telluride
Association, funded a Smithsonian expedition to Siberia, a pet project
of Walcott's, to discover a frozen Woolly Mammoth.
San Miguel Watershed Telluride Region
Division of Wildlife 970-249-3431
Volley (ball) in the Valley Tournament-
A local outdoor sand volleyball tournament.
Hockey Club- A local hockey club promoting youth hockey.
- Channel 12- TCTV is Telluride's
public access non-commercial cable television operator. It produces
and acquires local television programming and operates on Channel 12 for
24 hours a day, every day. Watch between 9 - 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m and
10:30 p.m., when locally produced programs are televised. 970-728-3838
and Dance- Every summer, renowned
ballet and dance companies delight audiences in Telluride. This
season, several outstanding ballet companies will be leaping and pliéing
into our hearts for three weekends of sheer pleasure.
Society for the Performing Arts- Founded
in 1997 to support and encourage dance in Telluride, the Telluride
Society for the Performing Arts has sponsored the Joffrey Ballet of
Chicago's summer residency, the Telluride Dance Academy, and varied
dance performances. 728-8093 or 800-745-8772
SMA is a grassroots, non-profit activist
organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural
environment of the Telluride region and beyond.
Join in an environmental cleanup and earn a
Greenbuck - a ticket to a special community celebration concert.
Coordinated by the Telluride Institute.
A group of private and public interests
working together to protect the river basin by finding shared
approaches to conservation and a sustainable economy.
Conservancy's San Miguel River Program
Nature Conservancy's San Miguel River
Program works to protect one of the last free-flowing rivers in
the Colorado River watershed through conservation easements,
ownership and education.
The San Miguel Conservation Foundation works
to preserve land as open space and wildlife sanctuary by using
marketplace incentives and landowner participation to promote
County Open Space Commission
The San Miguel County Open Space Commission
seeks to protect and conserve open space, natural habitats and
farming and ranching lands for future generations by working with
regional landowners on a volunteer basis.
Ark Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
The Rocky Mountain Ark Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center is a rescue center dedicated to returning
orphaned or injured animals to their natural habitats.