Curtis Arts and Humanities Center Celebrates 100 Years of Teaching
It has been 100 years since the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center started out as a small brick building with just a couple of young, ambitious students. Today, it has grown tremendously and plays a huge role as an educational staple in the Greenwood Village community. Being the oldest building in the city, it has plenty of history to tell. “This is an amazing place,” said Jo Cole, cultural arts coordinator and curator of the center in the Denver Post article. “It has a lot of history, but it’s not dead history – we’re alive.”
Now offering weekly adult classes, such as drawing, watercolor and gouache, art instructor Rich Brogan has taught there since it reopened in 1992. “I loved it the first time. I loved the school, the setting, the support from the city, the facilities were first-rate,” Brogan said in the recent article. “I think it’s a great service to the community not just for Greenwood Village resident but anyone who wants to come.” The variety of classes bring in students from all over the Denver metro, carrying on its traditional plan to continue the desire for culture and art.
The school was opened in 1914 on an acre of land that was donated by a local resident, Mary J. Curtis. There was no running water or electricity, but they made the most out of what they had. From then on, the Curtis school slowly added classrooms while serving as town hall, and even a community center for Greenwood Village.
It was 1992 when the former Curtis School was renamed as the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center. Now, it has over 40 youth arts programs, summer arts camp; drawing, painting and mixed media classes; preschool and theater camp, according to the article.
Join the celebration this Saturday, May 10th for a reception to recognize Greenwood Village artists, located at 2349 E. Orchard Road. For more information call 303-797-1779.