Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center President and CEO David Dahlin announce an historic alliance between the two institutions that signals the re-envisioning and redefining of both organizations’ contributions to the arts in the region. The partnership supports the missions of both organizations while expanding innovative learning opportunities, arts programming and cultural resources for the greater Colorado Springs community.
The goal of the alliance goes beyond merging two existing organizations: It seeks to create something new, ground-breaking, and forward-looking, leaders of both institutions say. The partnership produces an operational structure that achieves key Colorado College and Fine Arts Center strategic objectives while helping to create long-term sustainability for the Fine Arts Center and solidifying a community goal of a sustainable, ongoing commitment to community fine arts programming. The result will be expanded community offerings and enriched student experiences.
“The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is a cultural gem, and I’m excited about the immense possibilities this alliance presents for all involved,” Tiefenthaler says. “I look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working to create the most innovative, dynamic, and vibrant organization possible. I plan to actively seek community input as together we envision the amazing future potential of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.”
“I’m thrilled to help create a strong and vibrant future for the Fine Arts Center that will enable it to thrive and build upon its legacy for another 100 years,” Dahlin says. “This is truly a win-win-win agreement benefiting the FAC, CC and the entire community.”
For nearly 100 years, the two institutions have collaborated in a variety of important ways. This includes the FAC serving as the college’s de facto art department in the 1920s–1940s, co-hosting an annual Conference on Fine Arts in the 1930s, collaborating on shared programming and exhibitions throughout the decades, and the recent gift in 2015 of the FAC’s extensive art publication archives to the Tutt Library at Colorado College.
Tiefenthaler envisions a year of planning before implementing changes. “We want to hear from those who are committed to the Fine Arts Center as well as bring in new voices,” she said. A series of three listening sessions, open to the community, are planned:
- Sept. 8: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Fine Arts Center Music Room
- Sept. 14: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., CC’s Packard Performance Hall
- Sept. 26: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Music Room