CCAH offers a wide range of community events throughout the year from gallery openings, to social sketching to Mountain Fair and even opera! Almost all of our events are free and open to the public.

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Square Footage Reduction #1

September 4 from 6 to 8pm at The Launchpad


Square Footage: Art in Redux, is taking place August 14 through September 25 at the R2 Gallery. Participating artists, John Emerson, Wallace Graham, Penelope Anne Greenwell, Reina Katzenberger, Jay Phillips, and dancers of “CoMotion: a conscious movement project” received up to 16 square feet in which to install (or choreograph) their work. After two weeks, curators Laura Stover and Deborah Colley require each artists’ square footage to reduce by 50%, requiring each artist …

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Cedar Ridge Ranch Open House Gathering

September 15 from 4 to 6:30pm


CCAH and the Carbondale Clay Center invite you to an Open House in the new artist studios at Cedar Ridge Ranch, Sept. 15 from 4 to 6:30pm. This beautiful ranch in Missouri Heights is located at 3059 County Rd. 103, and is home to newly refurbished artist studios, a kiln, gardens, miniature zebus (very small cows), heritage pigs, and a spectacular view! There will be a short …

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Mountain Fair Volunteer Party

September 20 from 5 to 8pm


CCAH warmly invites all  Mountain Fair volunteers to a Thank You Party and Chili Cook-off September 20th at The Launchpad in downtown Carbondale. Beans, beans, good for the heart; the more you eat the more you... get so happy because they are so delicious!! Get your super secret family chili recipes out because you will be competing for chili glory, fame and fortune (prize has not yet been determined). The winner will be chosen by …

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CCAH provides art classes, studio sessions and other opportunities for arts education in collaboration with our public schools, teachers, and other community partners. Click below to see all of the offerings available.

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Art Break

September 29 from 6 to 8:30pm


Take an Art Break and give yourself the opportunity to relax and create on Tuesday, September 29th from 6 to 8:30pm at Suite 15 Classroom at The Third Street Center. CCAH provides everything–the space, the drinks, snacks and a little help from Lisa Singer, who will be on hand to facilitate fun art projects. Septembers’s focus […]

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Beginning Sewing & Fashion Class

Mondays 3:30-5:15pm, September 21 to November 9


Students ages 6 and up will hand sew in addition to learning some basics on the sewing machine. They will create a costume and an outfit for the Cirque d’ Sopris Extravaganza taking place January 23-24. This class will be held in Suite 15 (SoL Theatre’s space) at the Third Street Center.

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Drop-in Figure Drawing

Resuming on September 7


Non-taught, model figure drawing sessions in the CCAH Classroom at the Third Street Center every Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Facilitated by Philip Hone Williams with a live figure model. Call 970-456-2865 or email to reserve space.

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Check back here for information on everything from upcoming events, opportunities for artists, news on the Carbondale Creative Plan, application deadlines or just exciting news that we want to share with our wonderful community.

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For the Love of the Fair!

Thank You from CCAH

The 44th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair was magical, wonderful, creative, danceable, inspiring and filled with love. There are so many people to thank, especially the 300 volunteers who show up to make it happen, but, there are some that deserve a special shout-out: The Production Crew, under the direction of Mark Taylor, pull the fair together and keep it running all week-end long, Kevin Lundy, Pete Rich, James Gorman, Will Lennox, Blake McDonald, Josh Paigen, …

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Mountain Fair Blessing

As We See by Kailey Morford

Sometimes it's way too easy to mistake the weight of the pack on my back for my identity, You know what I'm saying? Like somehow the heaviness in my heart is its own remedy. My thoughts are the wind that carries them. Most often I find a wild heart is remedied to impart live to those from whom we know no distinction. I see you.

And if you see the world through my eyes, Lemme tell you, It's just shy of an autistic, …

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The CCAH “Artique” is Open!

Stop by The Launchpad to check out our new gift shop

You know that little shop in museums with all the cool stuff you just can't find anywhere else--the Artique hopes to be that place in Carbondale. The Artique features hand-selected (and delightfully unusual) wares and books perfect for gifting... or keeping. Stop by and see us Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm or on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The Carbondale Creative District Surges Ahead!

Weigh in on the Strategic Plan!

We want to hear from you! The Carbondale Creative District Strategic Plan is in the final phases. Refreshments will be served. A diverse group of hard working people have been working through the winter with consultants Pryor and Associates to build the plan's framework. Now we need input from the community! The plan is available here: or for more comprehensive information on the Creative …

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Carbondale to host 2016’s Colorado Creative Industries Summit

May 4 to 6, 2016

The Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, revealed that the 2016 Creative Industry Summit will be held in Carbondale, Colorado. The Summit attracts up to 400 creatives from around the state for two days of workshops, art, conversation and networking. This year’s Summit was held in Fort Collins April 22-24. Larger grantors like The National Endowment on the Arts and Artspace were on hand, as well as …

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Artist in residence at The Launchpad

Dancer Patrick Mueller will be creating a new work over the next 3 months

CCAH’s partner at the Launchpad, Dance Initiative, kicked off its 2015 Artists in Residence Program with a special performance by Control Group Productions from Denver. Control Group Productions is directed by Patrick Mueller, who also dances in the company. Mueller has performed with Troika Ranch Dance Theater in NYC, the Ben J. Riepe and Mancopy Danse companies of Europe, and currently serves as …

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