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Rural Arts Connect

The Rural Arts Connect (RAC) project connects arts & cultural organizations in rural geographies across Colorado’s Western Slope to research the role that art plays in catalyzing connectivity and increasing arts education and capacity among RAC partners.

Rural Arts Connect Project Partners
Arts Center of Western Colorado (Grand Junction)
Arts for All (Paonia)
Aspen Art Museum
Bookcliffs Arts Center (Rifle)
Chaffee Arts (Buena Vista)
Creamery Arts Center (Hotchkiss)
Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (Cedaredge)
Gunnison Arts Center (Gunnison)
The Montrose Center for the Arts (Montrose)
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (Leadville)

External project consultants:
Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Center for Research and Evaluation Colorado Migrant Education Program

Upcoming Programs

Rural Arts Connect Annual Fall Summit Friday, November 20, 10 AM–5 PM


The RAC annual summit provides constituent leadership with a professional development opportunity to inspire and plan the next set of community-driven programs in their respective towns. The fall 2020 Summit will convene virtually.

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.
Rural Arts Connect is made possible through grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America Award.