Our facility is a brick two level building with a separate full basement. The upstairs contains one small kitchen, one commercial kitchen, commercial dishwashing station, dining area with 120 seating capacity. Tv, sound system, projector, and a large screen for display.
The downstairs basement is the home of Articipate.
To foster awareness and teach the importance of the Arts in building communities and improving lives through workshops, performances and educational programs for all ages.
Articipate was founded as a 501(c)3 organization in response to the alarming decline of art programs in schools and communities across the nation. To see this decline in Chaffee County was especially troubling because the area is home to an abundant pool of artists attracted here for the serene natural beauty. Knowing the importance of the Arts in healthy, vital communities, the founders of the organization, Jill and Trevor Davis, set out to research the root causes of the problem.
One fundamental problem uncovered is that artist educators are experiencing a decline in compensation for their work and being forced to take up employment in other fields. The other problem is budget reductions in schools, cities and the federal government resulting in major cuts to arts programs.
The loss of these vital programs prompted the idea to create an organization that would: offer quality artistic experiences to under-served groups; help experienced artists develop high standard educational curricula that teach the deeper meanings of their discipline; provide and/or seek employment for artists who have educational programs; act as a central hub for collaboration between artists and local institutions.
Articipate still holds its original goals to build partnerships, leverage resources and create a regional solution that would bring back and secure Arts education. By bringing quality programs to areas that have limited access to the Arts, we not only share the vision of our artists with their audiences, we strive to inspire communities to create and act on their own visions.