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Exploring arts and culture in Steamboat Springs
It’s easy to enjoy the arts in Steamboat. From the free concert series that takes place in the summer and brings big-name bands to Howelsen Hill and the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, to the free bus tours of local art galleries, residents and tourists have a range of options when it comes to exploring the arts.
New residents who aren’t familiar with the area will quickly learn that Steamboat is a place where the arts thrive.
One of the city’s historic centers for art is the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, which was established in 1913 and is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the nation. The theater and camp has attracted a number of distinguished performers, including Jessica Biel, Dustin Hoffman, Joan Van Ark and Sammy Bayes, as well as students from all over the world. Residents and tourists can sample what the camp is all about by attending student performances offered throughout the summer.
A variety of other dance schools and programs in town offer classes and performances of ballet, jazz, modern, tap and more. There are also outlets for theater and drama, most notably, the Steamboat Community Players, which puts on several shows each year. Past performances include “GodSpell, “The Fantasticks” and “The Foreigner,” as well as improvisational theater, juggling shows and comedy performances.
A central player in the local arts scene is the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, a nonprofit programming and service organization. The Arts Council is based at the Depot Arts Center, which was built in 1909 and used for rail service through 1968, but now houses gallery shows featuring a variety of artists. The Arts Council sponsors multiple programs, including a series that highlights emerging artists, the Kaleidoscope program in which children explore the arts with local and visiting artists, and its own yearly spring fund-raiser and comedy show, “Caberet.”
The Arts Council also sponsors arts and crafts shows, such as Art in the Park. This mid-summer weekend event attracts more than 200 artisans, food vendors and musicians, and is attended by up to 10,000 people.
Steamboat has a variety of art galleries, including Mad Creek Gallery, which specializes in contemporary landscape paintings and western bronzes, Two Rivers Gallery, which specializes in fine art of the American West, Steamboat Art Company, which houses fine jewelry, Colorado pottery, local photography TEI Contemporary Modern Gallery, which focuses on cutting edge local and national modern artists.
With the range of music that residents and visitors can hear at free concerts, restaurants and shows, Steamboat might be considered a musical paradise.
A highlight of Steamboat’s music scene is the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival, one of the foremost music festivals in the country, which presents a diverse program of music with a focus on chamber music throughout the year. The July to August season usually involves more than 170 artists in a chamber-music series, a contemporary music series and a youth and family concert series. They also offer community programs like “Music on the Green,” a series of 10 lunchtime concerts at the Yampa River Botanic Park, a weekly lecture and discussion series, senior citizen outreach concerts and a school outreach program.
Other known music programs include the Emerald City Opera, which attracts artists from opera houses around the world as well as local opera buffs, and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, which has also provided local classical music since 1991.
Whether looking at paintings and sculptures, seeing a play, watching a dance show or listening to a music concert, art-lovers and people will be able to satisfy their appetites for the arts in Steamboat Springs.
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