Arts & Culture
We have a vibrant Arts and Cultural Community…..Whether you are taking your family to an event, taking friends or just you, you will experience an awesome Community event! The Smithsonian Magazine awarded Durango among the 20 Best Small Towns in America.
Created and sustained by the people of the Four Corners region, the Durango Arts Center promotes the exploration, education, enrichment and enjoyment of the arts. Located in downtown, The Arts Center has become the hub for cultural innovation in southwest Colorado, allowing visitors to enjoy the visual arts, theater, dance, live music, education programs for children and adults and many other activities for all ages.
The Durango Discovery Museum invites guest to get in and geek out. As the Four Corners’ and Durango’s hands-on, interactive science center for all ages, the museum offers a dynamic new space for family adventure and exploration, school field trips, early childhood learning, and special events. The museum opened in February 2011 in Durango’s historic and historical Powerhouse (aka the Pow) with a mission to “spark curiosity, ignite imagination, and power exploration.”
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Presenting artists from all over the world, the Concert Hall also serves as the home of many local performing arts organizations and the Fort Lewis College Music Department. Serving 50,000 patrons per year, the mission of the Concert Hall’s presenting program is to support artists who reflect the tastes of the region while educating college and regional audiences about cultures and performance traditions from throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
Music in the Mountains produces an exceptional summer music festival with musicians of the highest caliber; entertain, educate, and delight audiences with the richness of classical music and compliment concerts with educational programs.
The San Juan Symphony is an innovative regional orchestra that contributes to the cultural enrichment of the diverse communities of the Four Corners area with inspiring live performances and creative collaborative efforts.
The Animas Museum is owned and operated by the La Plata County Historical Society, whose directors of staff have transformed the 1904 Animas City School building into a charming local history museum. The Museum’s vision is to promote public awareness of the past through exhibits, educational programs and advocacy.
The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, Ignacio Colorado
Visit the Cultural Museum….the Gallery tells the story of the Southern Ute Tribe from the earliest times to the present day. Arranged as a circulating, self-guided tour, visitors start at the Circle of Life Theater for an introductory 360 degree experience, journey past Rock Art and a full-size teepee, past glorious ceremonial dress, through a replica house and schoolroom, and out via a rodeo experience to an exhibit that shows how the Southern Ute live today.