TCAH will celebrate turning another year older on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at Tomboy Coffee Roasters.
"This party is an opportunity for TCAH members and lovers of the arts to gather and socialize in an informal setting to celebrate 31 years of positive impact within the Telluride arts community," said TCAH executive director Liz Lance.
Since its inception, TCAH has helped start numerous programs in the community, including the Art in Public Places Program, which has added the mural in the bicycle tunnel and Sofia, the bronze schoolgirl, to Telluride's cultural landscape. In addition, TCAH has given out over $100,000 in Small Grants and Artist Fellowships in the past decade alone. Other programs include the Homegrown Performance Series, the Celebration Arts Fair and Holiday Bazaar, the Creation Station, and the Sound Rental Program.
The TCAH birthday celebration will also be an opportunity for TCAH to honor the recipients of the Business for the Arts and Volunteer for the Arts awards.
Telluride Music will receive the 2005 Business for the Arts Award for the company's consistent commitment to the arts community. Owners Dave and Karen Lamb have consistently given back to the Telluride community through donations to various non-profit organizations, and their commitment to strengthening the music scene.
Kathy Green is the recipient of the 2005 Volunteer for the Arts Award for her countless hours devoted to various arts events in the community, from setting up the Ah Haa Art Auction silent auction to the Celebration Arts Fair and Holiday Bazaar.
"Kathy gives so much of herself to the arts, and never asks for anything in return," said Lance.
TCAH is currently focused on expanding its programs to include an Artists' Studio Cooperative to provide subsidized studio space to local visual artists.
"The need for affordable in-town studio space is one that is not currently being met," said Lance. "Artists currently have to work out of garages and heated storage units down valley. The cooperative will keep artists working in town, which is paramount to maintaining the artistic and cultural fabric of our community."
TCAH's Birthday Celebration is open to all members of the organization. An individual membership is $25, and provides benefits that include a 10 percent discount at the Holiday Bazaar and Celebration Arts Fair, a $10 discount on Beaux Arts Ball tickets and a copy of the forthcoming Telluride Row II CD/DVD. For more information, visit telluridearts.com or call 728-3930.