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Arts & Culture is a division of the Thornton Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Department. The division was established in 2006 to offer community-based programs and year-round events in partnership with other city departments and nonprofit organizations. With funding provided by the city, Adams County, and the Scientific Cultural and Facilities District (SCFD), Arts Thornton creates, publicizes, and presents the Thornton Arts Academy arts education programs, seasonal concert series and cultural events, exhibits and public art projects, as well as historic displays in city facilities.

Arts & Culture is located at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center (TACC) at 9209 Dorothy Boulevard and opened in 2011 as the city hub for performing and visual arts with a gallery and theater space. The division's adjacent building, the Annex, opened in 2021 and houses staff plus additional meeting, gallery and classroom space at 9211 Dorothy Boulevard. 

Arts & Culture is also involved in supporting Thornton history initiatives including the development of the Ken Freiberg Fire Museum, Lambertson Farms, Eastlake, and related collection and conservation of city artifacts and archival property, as well as providing staff support to the Council-appointed Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO).

Visit the ArtsThornton Events Calendar to see what’s happening next at both division facilities and at other city locations used to host year-round arts, cultural and heritage activities benefiting the Thornton community and visitors.

Our Mission: Engage and celebrate the heritage, culture and creativity of our community.
Our Vision: A community that supports all forms of cultural expression.

Meet our team:

Alisa ZimmermanAlisa Zimmerman
Arts & Culture Manager
Arts & Culture Division - Planning, Operations and Publicity
Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs
720-977-5888



Lisa NeeperLisa Neeper
Arts & Culture Supervisor
Arts & Culture Division - Arts Education and Community Events
Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs
720-977-5882



Hannah's Employee pic cropped.PNGHannah Leathers
Public Art Coordinator
Arts & Culture Division - Public Art and Community Projects 
Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs
Hannah.Leathers@ThorntonCO.gov
720-977-5881

Ashley Milligan Ashley Milligan
Archivist
Arts & Culture Division - Thornton History
Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs
Ashley.Milligan@ThorntonCO.gov
720-977-5883



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Guest Relations Clerk
Arts & Culture Division - Facility Rentals and Exhibits
Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs
Brenda.Wiegert@ThorntonCO.gov
720-977-5887


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