Uniting the Community Through Arts and Culture in Commerce City, CO

Commerce City, CO is a vibrant community that is devoted to uniting its citizens through the power of art, music, theater, dance and cultural diversity. The Cultural Council of Commerce City is dedicated to inspiring, advancing and creating programs that will enhance the artistic, heritage and cultural aspects of the city and its surrounding areas. Recently, the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) declared that three community revitalization projects in Florence, Grand Lake and Commerce City have been chosen to receive community revitalization grants. One of these projects is the Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) South Platte Crossing Hub project which will construct a new building with 60 affordable housing units, including several units for resident artists.

The Cultural Council of Commerce City also organizes culturally diverse events such as the annual Music in the Park summer concert series and art exhibitions for residents at recreational centers. In addition, they have partnered with the Southern Adams County Water and Sanitation District to initiate a new public arts initiative. This grant will help the Theater complete interior renovations to turn it into a performing arts center, an arts education center and a community center. The ordinance requires that each capital improvement project allocate 1% of the funds for the creation of public art and place it on the project site or any place that meets the requirements for a public art exhibition.

This is just one example of how the local government is supporting the arts in Commerce City, CO.