Vision

A community that supports all forms of cultural expression.

Mission

Engage and celebrate the heritage, culture and creativity of our community.

Origin

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. 

Programs

With funding provided by the city, Adams County, and the Scientific Cultural and Facilities District (SCFD), Arts Thornton creates, publicizes, and presents year-round Thornton Arts Academy education programs, seasonal performing arts series and community cultural events, quarterly art exhibits and public art.

Arts Thornton works with other city departments and the community to support the Thornton Archive and history initiatives including development of the Ken Freiberg Fire Museum, Lambertson Farm, Eastlake, Aylor and related collection and conservation of city artifacts and archival property. 

Arts Thornton also provides year-round administrative support for the Council-appointed Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) including the board's annual budget, meetings, SCFD-funded programs, fundraising campaigns, and subcommittees. 

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

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 plus city archival storage. The division's adjacent building, the Annex at 9211 Dorothy Boulevard, opened in 2021 and houses staff plus additional meeting, gallery and classroom/studio space. 

Arts & Culture offers year-round weeknight classes and second Saturday workshops in TACC and the Annex. Both facilities are closed on Mondays and federal holidays with the Annex open to the public, Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and TACC open Tuesday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. for OZ Gallery visitors. Admission is free.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

We, the city of Thornton, recognize that the land we occupy was cared for and called home by the Sioux, Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho people. This land holds historical, spiritual, and personal significance to indigenous nations of this region in addition to numerous others who use this land as a site for gathering and healing. We acknowledge that our public art projects are built on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of indigenous peoples. By offering this Land Acknowledgment, we recognize, support, and honor the sovereignty of the contemporary tribal nations in Colorado and beyond. We affirm our commitment to: a) be good stewards of this land, b) build relationships that unite our communities, and c) respect the contributions, innovations, and perspective of Indigenous peoples.

Our Team

Alisa ZimmermanAlisa Zimmerman
Arts & Culture Manager
Arts & Culture Division - Planning and Operations
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



 Erica Schmitt profile pic.JPGErica Schmitt
  Public Art Coordinator
  Arts & Culture Division - Public Art and Community Projects 
  Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs
  Erica.Schmitt@ThorntonCO.gov
  720-977-5881
 

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



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

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