Arts In Education

At the Center, Arts Education Has a Huge Impact

This week (September 13 - 19) is National Arts In Education week! This week is a chance to celebrate and advocate for the arts, and consider the impact of arts education on our lives. At the Center, we believe arts education is foundational for students and learners of all ages.

Hear from some of the incredible artists and staff who work with the Center about how arts education impacted their lives! 

Explore the Arvada Center's fall art classes for all ages and skill levels!

See Classes

Bebe Alexander, Ceramics Coordinator

“I discovered ceramics as a medium when I was in high school and was immediately hooked. I loved everything about it, from the making of objects, to the science of firing and glaze chemistry.

As a painfully shy teenager, I had found my place and my people in the ceramics studio.”

Gabriel Morales, Patron Services Representative

"A counselor asked me - 'If you could take any class, what would it be?' I immediately said, ‘Acting class." "And once again, the arts came to my rescue.”

"Once again, the arts came to my rescue."

John Hamilton, Ceramics Instructor

Ceramics instructor John Hamilton, photo by Matt Gale

“My calling to the arts came during community college when I discovered an affinity for clay. This was the first time I saw the medium as a way to convey emotion. My art became about the child at heart and play, but more importantly – identity. Ceramics gave me a voice I never knew existed.”

"Ceramics gave me a voice I never knew existed.”

Cal Meakins, Children's Theatre House Manager

“When I was five, my twin brother and I got in the habit of memorizing full movies between each other and repeating them rapid-fire (think Abbott and Costello meets Brother Bear). In an effort to channel this energy my Mom got all of my siblings and me to audition for A Christmas Carol at the Longmont Theatre Company. Olin and I ended up being cast and alternating nights in the role of Tiny Tim. I spent a lot of weekends helping (well, watching my Dad help) build the set and being mesmerized by all the different design elements coming together.”

Brenna Clendaniel, Corporate Relations Manager

"I can still remember the first performance in my mind."

“My best friend in middle school wanted to audition for Annie. I wasn't as interested but desperately wanted to hang out with her. She didn't show up for auditions, but I did, got cast and actually really enjoyed the experience! I can still remember the first performance in my mind - I had the biggest grin on my face.”

Emily Grace King, Galleries Exhibition Manager

“My mom integrated creation into every subject. She taught me drawing as a method of accurate communication rather than artistic expression. This focus on drawing fundamentals in my childhood proved essential to finding my place in humanity.”

Jon Olson, Lighting Director

“My sophomore year of high school my guidance counselor mistakenly placed me in an advanced performing arts class for juniors and seniors. I had never done theatre before, but there I found an amazing teacher and life-long friend in Annell Weissenbuehler, as well as a passion for theatre. That passion quickly turned into a calling.”

"That passion quickly turned into a calling."

Jessie Page, Wardrobe Supervisor

“I took dance classes all through my childhood, started playing in my school’s band in 5th grade, and have been involved in theatre literally my whole life! My dad is an actor, so my brother and I grew up sitting backstage at different theatres or watching him from the audience.

I feel super lucky that the arts were something that I was around constantly, and I knew from a very young age that I wanted to make a career in it somehow.”

Explore the Arvada Center's fall art classes for all ages and skill levels.

See Classes

Home,Reignite the Arts,Art at Home,Support Arvada Center Artists,Virtual Auction,Donate Now,Corporate Giving,Dining Partners,News,Visit Us,View All Events,Gift Certificates,Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express,Pink Progression: Poetry Reading,Beth Malone Sings at the Arvada Center,Pink Progression: Artist Talk,528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition,Imprint: Print Educators of Colorado,Ultimate 70s Tour: Poco, Orleans & Pure Prairie League,Face Vocal Band,Rodney Atkins,The Australian Pink Floyd Show,Trifles: A Radio Play,Pink Progression: Collaborations,Dracula: A Radio Play,Black in Denver,Amplify,Theatre,main stage musicals,Black Box Plays,Theatre for Children,Auditions,Radio Plays,Subscribe,AC Flex Package,YP Access,Full Four Package,Double Play Package,Musical Duet Package,Galleries,Current Exhibitions,Pink Progression Know Before You Go,Gallery Events,Upcoming Exhibitions,Art Sales,Art Submissions,Viral Influence Call for Entry,Sculpture Field,History Museum,Art Market,Education,Dance Class FAQ,View All Classes,Summer Camps,Summer Camps Virtual,Classes for Kids,Classes for Adults,Ceramics,Front Range Youth Symphony,Dance Academy,For Educators,Arts Day,Arts Day Outreach,Ageless Adults,Scholarships,Fall Virtual Classes,Music and Dance,Jeffrey Siegel,Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra,Front Porch Series,Humanities,On Their Shoulders We Stand,Private Events and Rentals,Humans of the Arvada Center,Straight Talk Series ,Straight Talk with Philip Sneed,COVID’s toll on Colorado theatre: 224 productions and counting ,Straight Talk with Lynne Collins,Straight Talk with Rod Lansberry,Straight Talk with Phamaly, Buntport, Colorado Shakes and Rocky Mountain Rep,Straight Talk with Creede Rep, Town Hall, Candlelight and Theatre Company of Lafayette,Straight Talk with Aurora Fox, BDT Stage, Cherry Creek Theatre and Misfits,Straight Talk with Su Teatro, Vintage, Backstage and Counterweight,Straight Talk with Local Theater Company, Theater 29, The Source and Equinox,Straight Talk with the Denver Center, Jesters Dinner Theatre, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and Germinal Stage-Denver,Actors' union issues safety guidelines for re-opening,Straight Talk with square product, Forge Light, Springs Ensemble Theatre and Coal Creek Theatre of Louisville,Straight Talk with the Fine Arts Center, Miners Alley Playhouse, Dangerous Theatre and Lone Tree Arts Center ,Straight Talk with Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Northglenn Arts,Straight Talk with The Catamounts, Bas Bleu and Thingamajig,Straight Talk with Curious Theatre Company,Straight Talk with OpenStage, Firehouse and Adams Mystery Playhouse,Straight Talk with Platte Valley Players and Theatreworks,Straight Talk with Parker Arts, Stories on Stage and Thunder River ,Staight Talk 2 with Philip Sneed: This much is uncertain,Pivoting With,Pivoting with The Black Actors Guild,Pivoting with ... Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones,Pivoting With ... Tammy Franklin and the Curtain Playhouse,Pivoting With Nick Sugar and the Town Hall Arts Center,Pivoting With Helen Murray and the Aurora Fox,Pivoting with Edith Weiss and Christy Montour Larson,Pivoting With Scott RC Levy and the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company,Pivoting with Todd Debrecini for Halloween,Pivoting with Ashley Campbell,Pivoting with Meghan Anderson Doyle,Community News,Inside the Arvada Center,Governor's mask mandate does not apply to Candlelight actors,Pink Progression: Collaborations: Grow Love and Moe Gram,Director's Notes: A Midsummer Night's Dream,All About Printmaking Techniques,Watercolor Class,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Collin Parson ,Arvada Center Makes Masks,Earth Day Craft,Christina Noel-Adcock,"Bright Star" cast unveils video as message of hope,Podcast: B+ with Geoffrey Kent and Jessica Austgen ,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Christine Moore,Humans of the Arvada Center: Steven Cogswell,Humans of the Arvada Center: Ashi K. Smythe,City of Arvada to install new sculpture in Hoskinson Park,Humans of the Arvada Center Jessie Page,Here are the 2019-20 Henry Award nominations,Arvada Center to Offer Students World’s First Zoom Musical,Humans of the Arvada Center Cal Meakins,Humans of the Arvada Center: Adam Stolte,Supreme Court workplace ruling hits home for Lisa Leafgreen,'Time for talk is over': Arvada Center launch 'Amplify' series to raise black male voices,Humans of the Arvada Center Jon Olson ,The 5 Most Screwed Job Titles in COVID-era theatre,June in Colorado Theatre: 'The Reckoning' has begun,New Arvada Center, Aurora Fox seasons reflect current complexities,It's virtually impossible not to have fun in our summer camps,News roundup: Who The Denver Actor's Fund DEAR Fund has helped,Humans of the Arvada Center: Abygail Rosales,Pink Progression Collaborations: Jina Brenneman and Margaret Kasahara,Pink Progression: Julia Rymer and Drew Austin,Revealing The Dialogue,Amplify Epiode 3 launches, series expanding to include black women,Colorado Springs reaches the Mountaintop at 2020 Henry Awards,Photo Blog: Sweeney Todd Rehearsals,Humans of the Arvada Center: Gabriel Morales,Deeper Dive: A closer look at Million Dollar Quartet,Deeper Dive: A closer look at Small Mouth Sounds,Pink Progression: Sangeeta Reddy and Jodie Roth Cooper,Deeper Dive: A closer look at Private Lives,Front Porch Series Kickoff,Cleo Parker Robinson dances back in the box with Arvada Center,Amplify turns the mic over to local Black women ,Beth Malone bringing 'joy bomb' to Arvada Center oon September 4,Theatre news: Live streaming panel Monday on a big new 'Idea',Deeper Dive: A closer look at They're Playing Our Song,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Emily King,Amplify Women Episode 2,Special Book Honors Special Dance Teacher,Arvada Center pivots to radio-play series for fall ,amplify-series-comes-to-powerful-conclusion,Denver Film moving forward with longer, smaller, virtual 2020 festival ,How COVID is impacting individual artists,Take a stroll through 'Sculpture in the Field',Arts In Education Week,Colorado Theatre News: Miscast pivots to CAST ,Essay: Was the Aurora Fox a safe house on Opening Night? ,Lessons from a summer of outdoor theatre in the time of COVID ,Humans of the Arvada Center: John Hamilton,Theatre news of the week: DCPA launches Recovery Fund,Zachary Andrews take a one-man bite out of 'Dracula',Trick Art Treat coming to Arvada Center parking lot ,What to do? Theatre happenings for October 16,Spotlight Manos Soap,Doreen Montalvo in Denver: Compassion and grit,What to do: Theatre happenings for October 23,Arts Advocacy,About Us,Ticketing Policies,Contact Us,Ticket discounts,Accessiblity,Health and Safety,Ticketing Exchanges and Refunds,Black Lives Matter at the Center,Digital Magazine,Volunteer,Errors,404,Temp,New Website ,Pink Progression Events,Blog,Lorem ipsum,Lorem ipsum 2,Newk’s,Steuben’s Arvada