Arts organizations look to a new year

Outlets for creativity gain ground as restrictions continue

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As a person who learned to love the arts — visual and performing — as a young child, I have been so saddened by the limitations COVID has placed on our world, near and far. And I’m sure my sadness can’t compare to that of a performer, whose energy comes from sharing his/her talents with an audience, or a skilled visual artist, whose fingertips tingle as a new painting takes shape, meant to speak to another sort of audience out there ... Creativity needs to be shared ... We see new partnerships developing throughout the area, which is a welcome and healthy sign.

As notices of performances and exhibits arrive in my inbox now, I am excited to sally forth to live performances again, although apprehensive about health issues, of course. It will require a wardrobe of masks and a proof of vaccination in my wallet to feed my soul!

In many venues, seating will be spaced out, and perhaps therefore pricier. Masks are required in all the performance spaces I’m hearing about, starting with our local Town Hall Arts Center in Downtown Littleton, which will open “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Robert Wells, Jan. 28 to March 6. Meek Seymour, a budding botanist who works in a struggling flower shop, discovers a new plant. It demands to be fed blood and uses foul language. (This one is not for the small set.)

Town Hall has made it through with a devoted, small staff and hard-working board. Its popular education programs for kids have resumed and will hopefully offer summer happy times for budding theatricals and those who want to learn the technical parts of entertainment as well. “Once on This Island” and “The Wedding Singer” will wrap up the spring and run into summer. Watch also for an announcement of “Town Hall Sessions: an intimate concert series.” Stanton Gallery will next host an exhibit called “Contrast,” opening Jan. 28.

Lone Tree Arts Center and Parker’s PACE Center are offering programming as well, which will no doubt increase.

Watch for concert announcements by local symphonic organizations: Littleton Symphony, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Lone Tree Symphony, Parker Symphony, Englewood Arts Presents, and for news of these organizations as they work with children ...

I’d love to see more interchange among these organizations as we start a new year, with new rules ... all could benefit.

Area colleges and universities add strength to the arts scene as well, and I hope more area folks will discover the really lovely Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College, and I hope, some music programming open again to the community, eventually ...

Littleton’s newly-formed Arts and Culture Commission has completed a strategic plan and connected with arts organizations. Lone Tree has an Arts Commission. Englewood Arts Presents connects with education projects in the schools especially well. Each community follows a different path. We hope to gain better understanding of other south area organizations with parallel functions and wonder about possibilities for exchange of ideas and services ...

We are so fortunate to have the number of arts venues available in the area and hope readers access and enjoy them for visual and performing arts and educational opportunities.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go.

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