The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is a non-profit, multi-use cultural complex in Arvada, Colorado, United States, that first opened its doors in 1976 and has since expanded to include other venues. The Arvada Center complex includes the Arvada History Museum, three theaters, 10,000 square feet of art galleries, practice facilities for music, dance, and theater, classrooms, a conference center, and an amphitheater, among other things.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, which is located 7.8 miles northwest of downtown Denver, is the thirteenth most visited cultural institution in the Denver metro region and the state’s third-largest theater company. The Arvada Center is comprised of the Arvada History Museum, three theaters, 10,000 square feet of art galleries, practice spaces for music, dance, and drama, classrooms, a conference center, and an amphitheater, among other amenities.
The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts provides classes in the visual and performing arts for persons of all ages. The Arvada Center offers a summer theatrical program that includes a variety of stage plays and musicals presented by a variety of groups, some of which are affiliated with the Center and others that are not. The Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestra, which is based at the Center and serves as a community orchestra for school-age youngsters, is also housed there. It has been welcoming students for more than a decade.
Following the Center’s opening, there was a high demand for additional space. A large expansion project was approved in 1992, which approximately doubled the size of the facility. Another addition, designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects LTD, was approved in December 2002 at a cost of $69 million. This expansion was completed in December 2002. Originally proposed by Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd., this substantial expansion would be completed in two phases, however, on October 4, 2004, the Arvada City Council opted to complete the project in three phases.
A small theater that had been constructed in 1992 was completed as part of the first phase. The second phase included increasing the capacity of the ballroom/conference facility from 500 to 750 people, providing storage space for hospitality services, providing rehearsal and storage space for performing arts, increasing exhibition space for the history museum and adding additional collection storage, refurbishing the existing interior, and modifying site work to include upgrades to exterior lighting and signage. The third phase included the completion of a small theater that had been constructed in 1992.
A new performing-arts shop, a dedicated rehearsal space, and self-contained dressing rooms with showers were all built as part of Phase 2, which was completed in 2006. Outside, new patios and meeting spaces have been added to the landscape. Expansion of the art gallery and history museum, renovations to the ballroom, the construction of restrooms and landscaping, and the creation of 60 extra parking places were all included in the second phase.
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