The Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) Board of Directors has existed since 1991, and is appointed by Thornton City Council which may select five to 13 members to serve on the TASHCO Board for unlimited four-year terms. Members may also participate on subcommittees that meet separately and are created to support specific initiatives such as public art, community events, and history projects.

Arts & Culture staff serve as liaisons for TASHCO with Thornton City Council, city management and city services, and provide year-round administrative, financial, logistical and promotional support for TASHCO and Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) sponsored projects, events, and public meetings.

Staff submit annual Tier III grant requests and reports on behalf of TASHCO to the SCFD through the Adams County Cultural Council. Awarded funds are used to support various types of community programs and events citywide like the popular Outside the Box: Traffic Box Murals, Thornton Arts Academy, Arts in the Park and annual Day of the Dead cultural celebration. 

TASHCO, a registered nonprofit organization, accepts donations year-round to support activities through its Colorado Gives page or via the Donate buttons on this page.


TASHCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes cultural, historical and scientific activities in the City of Thornton. 


To capture the hearts and minds of Thornton residents and enhance the quality of their lives through exposure and involvement in the arts, sciences, and humanities. 

TASHCO Subcommittees: Please contact the staff member below for meeting schedules and related information.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Lisa.Neeper@ThorntonCO.gov, 720-977-5882

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS: Hannah.Leathers@ThorntonCO.gov, 720-977-5881

Additional Information

2008 - 2012 Master Plan 

2017 Master Plan 

TASHCO Bylaws 

TASHCO Policies 

TASHCO is proudly supported by:

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 Current Board Members

  • John Alge, Ward 2

  • Lisa Amidon, Ward 1

  • Roberta Ayala (President), Ward 2

  • Courtney Keyes, Ward 3 

  • Samantha Luber, Ward 2

  • Stephanie Ortiz, Ward 4

  • Mary Payne, Ward 3

  • Christyle Russell, Ward 4

  • Lauren Turner (Vice President), Ward 4

  • Ex-officio, Anythink Libraries

 TASHCO Meetings

TASHCO board members meet on the second Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about Thornton arts and culture programs, community events, and public art projects. For meeting dates, Zoom links and/or locations, please visit the city's Community Calendar.

If you would like to be added to the Audience Participation portion of the meeting agenda to speak on any subject pertaining to the board, please contact Arts & Culture Supervisor Lisa Neeper at Lisa.Neeper@ThorntonCO.gov or 720-977-5882 by the Friday before the next meeting. All information is subject to change.

 Agendas, Minutes & Annual Reports

To access archived agendas, minutes, Council reports, etc., please contact the City Clerk's Office or feel free to conduct an online open records search.

TASHCO Application

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