Parker's PACE Center celebrates 10 years

Facility offers free, reduced-cost events


The Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center, also known as PACE, is celebrating a decade in the community this month with a series of free and reduced-cost events.

The PACE Center opened its doors on Oct. 28, 2011 after the town council approved the purchase of the land and a $21.7 million construction budget for the project.

Carrie Glassburn, the PACE Center’s cultural director, wrote in a recent letter to the community that the center has welcomed over 1 million patrons to its facilities since opening.

“Thanks to the foresight of several Town leaders and citizens who recognized the importance the arts play in building a strong community, the PACE Center was designed and developed and quickly became the cultural hub for Parker and the surrounding region,” Glassburn’s letter said.

The celebratory events will run daily from Oct. 16 through the 23 and will include concerts, trivia and art shows. The full list of shows is below:

Oct. 16 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Happy Hour pre-show event, $30

Oct. 17 — Art walk, free

Oct. 18 — Little Free Art Gallery opening, free

Oct. 19 — 10th Anniversary Trivia Night, $10

Oct. 20 — Law and Order Murder Mystery Zoom event, $10

Oct. 21 — Bohemian Rhapsody Sing Along, $10

Oct. 22 — Dueling Pianos, $10 

Oct. 23 — Artival, $10

The center is now hosting in-person events again and is at full capacity. This year’s full season will consist of comedy shows, films, jazz performances, musicals and holiday events. 

More information on these events and those planned for the rest of the season is available by calling 303-805-6800 or visiting Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office.

During its first 10 years, the PACE Center has hosted 350 weddings and receptions, rented event spaces to 750 groups, offered 30,000 hours of cultural classes and presented 1,700 performances in the theater, according to Glassburn’s letter. The center also offers art galleries and school break camps for art, music, dance, science, theater and cooking. 

In 2004 and 2005, the town began looking into building a new arts facility and purchased the property in 2006. The groundbreaking on the project took place in April 2010.

“Thank you for supporting the arts and allowing us to continue making fun happen,” Glassburn wrote. “We can’t wait for the next 10 years.”


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