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’Tis the season to restore your sanity – with art

Brenda Macon

The holidays are upon us, and for some it’s a joyful time; for others, it can feel stressful and daunting. Family pressures, mounting obligations and the hurry of the season can push anyone to their proverbial limit. If you need a little break, or just want to enjoy meaningful time with friends doing something that brings you joy, please join us for a live show, a film festival, an art class or a shopping spree at the Durango Arts Center.

All year long, we provide what may be called the best nonmedicinal anti-depression treatment for all ages: creativity. When you use your energy in the pursuit or appreciation of your creative spirit, amazing things happen. You feel happier and more connected. During this end of year giving cycle, I invite you to donate through Colorado Gives to contribute to the incentive fund that offers a partial match to your donation. There are many worthy nonprofits to invest in, and we hope that you consider the value the DAC brings to you throughout the year. Your investment in your community arts center gives a child an opportunity to take a class or attend camp who could not otherwise; it helps with the 100-year-old building we have to maintain on our own; and it makes the programs possible. The theater would love some new stage curtains and speakers, and the art department always appreciates art supplies. Inflation affects everyone, but we are committed to keeping community arts accessible for all: All ages, all abilities, all year long. Go to swcogives.org and click on “Find a Cause” to find the Durango Arts Center. Your contributions make a big difference!

If you or someone you know is able to offer support directly, here’s excellent news: As part of the Region 9 Enterprise zone, 25% of your donation (above $200) may qualify for a 25% tax credit. So, if you give a million dollars to help support creative pursuits in your community, and give in celebration of the human spirit, you may be looking at receiving $250,000 back in tax credits on top of the regular charitable donation. Of course, check the details with your financial expert. This is a gift that keeps on giving.

We know you contribute where you can, where you can. On behalf of all of the worthy nonprofit organizations in Durango, thank you for your support. May you and yours have a beautiful, creative, magical and healthy holiday season.

If you or a friend would benefit from engaging with the DAC or learning more, please email me to set a coffee date at brenda@durangoarts.org.

In the theater
  • “A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens,” based on the Magic Treehouse book, “A Ghost Tale for Christmastime”: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16. 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17. $10 students/$15 adults. All ages welcome.
  • 2024 Theater Season Theme: Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: season passes and performance lineup available online.
  • The theater will be closed for routine maintenance from Dec. 18 to Jan 3.
Art classes and gallery events
  • Pots & Pints: 4:30 Fridays. $35.
  • After School Art for second-12th grade, variety of subjects.
  • Adult Art Classes: Five nights a week, all levels welcome, registration required.
  • Current Exhibit: The Gift Gallery: A showcase of local talented artists. Open through Dec. 23.
  • Shop the Artisan’s Market: Open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday through Dec. 23.
  • Adult and youth art and theater classes winter online registrations are now open.

Email info@durangoarts.org Buy tickets, donate, become a member, register for classes, and keep in touch at DurangoArts.org.

Brenda Macon has been executive director of Durango Arts Center since 2018.