New art nonprofit seeks to fill void in Castle Rock’s art scene

The art scene in Castle Rock has been quiet for a couple of years now, but that’s all about to change. The Castle Rock Artist Cooperative — or CRAC for short — was formed in July of this year as our town’s newest nonprofit to serve artists and the art community, and they’re already beginning to make a big splash.

Billy the Beaver.

CRAC will support local artists and the art community by providing innovative, creative, and educational opportunities in the visual arts and working with local businesses and organizations to create inspiring art projects. In short, the organization will help connect artists, supporters of the arts, and art consumers, whether they be businesses or individuals. 

Philip S. Miller mural.

While the organization won’t have a gallery as a base of its operations, it will instead leverage the power of the web, social media and online resources including email newsletters, to promote artists, popup art shows, exhibits, educational programs, and other art-related events.

Venue sponsor Ecclesia Market.

The Castle Rock Artist Cooperative is currently working with the Downtown Alliance, which includes the Downtown Merchants Association and Downtown Development Authority, to bring fun, colorful murals to downtown walls. A recent call for entries netted more than 20 submissions from artists around the Denver metro area.

The Castle Rock Artist Cooperative will be offering memberships at various levels, including a $25 non-artist “supporter of the arts” level, an artist membership for $50 that includes organization benefits, and an advanced membership, which will include a portfolio on the organization’s website and features on their social media platforms and email newsletter. Business sponsorships will also be available.