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Weehawken Creative Arts Centers

Weehawken Creative Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with classrooms in Ouray and Ridgway.   Our mission "provide high quality arts education and personal growth opportunities to adults and children year-round."

Weehawken has three rented facilities where many programs take place:

  • Weehawken Ouray:  1900 Main Street (the old Biota Building - South entrance).
  • Weehawken Ridgway (and office):  1075 Sherman Street, Ste 201 (the old schoolhouse building)
  • Weehawken's All Fired Up Clay Center in Ridgway at 167 N. Cora Street (upstairs).
  • In addition, Weehawken offers workshops and classes in additional facilities and outdoors whenever necessary.
  • Weehawken's Office Hours are split between Weehawken Creative Arts and the Sherbino Theater (604 Clinton Street) in Ridgway.  Staff may be found at either or both lcoations on any given weekday.

For over a decade, Weehawken Creative Arts has been transforming the lives of children and adults in Ouray County and beyond through our dance program, art education offerings and beloved community events.   At our Arts Centers in Ouray and Ridgway, our extraordinary instructors offer high-quality classes and workshops for adults and kids year-round, in just about everything you can imagine – from fine arts and photography to creative writing to movement arts like fencing, karate and a full dance program.   Twenty five percent of our youth participants request scholarships or assistance and we aim to never turn a student away.

 

The Weehawken Children’s Garden (adjacent to our center in Ouray) is well worth a visit, offering an enchanting play-land for pint-sized Weehawken participants. And at our All Fired UP Clay Center in Ridgway, budding ceramicists of all ages are learning just how fun it is to take a glob of clay and transform it into something beautiful and functional.

 

Over the past few years, we have expanded our program offerings in Montrose and Silverton, as well.

 

In fact, over the past year (2014) this is the impact we had:  

  • 2397 Artists Participating
  • 737 Volunteer Spots Filled
  • 286 Classes Offered
  • 10,722 Audience Members to our performances and special events
  • 10 Performances
  • 22 Days of Special Events
  • 3445 Youth Participating
  • 881 Adult Enrollments in Education Programs 

Throughout the year, Weehawken enlivens our community with a variety of signature events, including:


the Souper Bowl fundraiser in January


Ouray Fork Fest in May


Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival in August, Sneffels Fiber Festival in September, and monthly Ridgway   MoonWalk Art Outings that we sponsor in partnership with the Ridgway Creative District.  These events play a major role in strengthening our local economy and in driving tourism to the region.

 

Recognizing that there is strength in numbers, Weehawken has recently formed a strategic alliance with the Sherbino Theater (with whom we now share a top-notch staff of three).  While our two organizations are completely separate, with separate missions, boards and budgets --- we share a staff and resources in order to minimize organizational costs.    

 


Weehawken is also a founding member of the Alpenglow Arts Alliance, an alliance of arts-focused organizations in Ouray County, working together to support and promote the visual, literary and performing arts.

 

The tuition we charge for our arts education programs and performances covers only a small percentage of our operating costs.   

 


Please help us to keep art blooming in the heart of our community, and become a  Weehawken Patron today!  Your donation will go a long way toward helping us  continue to provide outstanding arts education, programs and services to people of all ages in our community.  Please send your tax-deductible Annual Patron Contribution to Weehawken at PO Box 734, Ridgway --- or contribute online at this link: http://www.weehawkenarts.org/giving/membership/

 

Weehawken is funded by Tuition, Grants, Tickets, Sponsorship, Fundraising, Membership and Individual Contributions (donations).  Membership to the organization is open to any interested person.
Hours:Admin: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm. Classes run all hours, according to scheduled times.
Seasons:Year round
Contact:
Phone:(970) 318-0150
Alternate Phone:(970) 318-0150
Street Address:1075 Sherman Street, Ste 201, Ridgway, CO, 81432
Mailing Address:PO Box 734, Ridgway, CO, 81432
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Project supported by an Enterprise Zone Marketing Grant
These businesses are all in the Region10 Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zone, entitling them to State Tax Credits.
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