Carbondale Arts, formerly the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH), was founded in 1974 by community members who saw the arts as essential to the heart & soul of Carbondale. Through the promotion of the arts, artists, arts education, cultural activities and events, Carbondale Arts has been instrumental in forming Carbondale’s unique identity as an arts & culture hot spot in the Rockies. Carbondale Arts believes collaboration with state and local governments, schools, artists, business and other nonprofits to bring the community together for state of the art gallery exhibitions, creative planning, place making, & vibrant happenings in the Carbondale Creative District, the spirited 47 year old Carbondale Mountain Fair, the youth driven Cirque D’Sopris Talent Show, and the a dynamic, alluring, and thought-provoking Green Is The New Black Fashion Extravaganza. In 2017 we retrofitted our Rosybelle Art Bus, a fully equipped mobile maker space bring arts education and creative experiences up and down the Roaring Fork Valley.
Carbondale Arts also manages the Carbondale Creative District. The Creative District was designated by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade in 2016. Please visit us at The Launchpad, which houses our office, the R2 Gallery, Artique and performing arts studios, located on the 4th Street Plaza downtown or at our Educational Studios in the Third Street Center.
Volunteerism is a huge part of what keeps Carbondale Arts going and rooted to the needs of this community. We are incredibly grateful to all who lend a hand whether on a recurring basis with the R2 Gallery or once a year at the Mountain Fair. Some of Carbondale Art’s most devoted volunteers are our Board of Directors. Carbondale Art’s board includes Regna Jones, Elizabeth Hanke, Janice Barker, Jody Ensign, Seth Goddard, Eden Keil, Sarah Murray and Katy Parr. If you are interested in getting more involved with Carbondale Arts or the community, you can find more information below. Carbondale Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Need a little more inspiration, click on this!