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

The art scene in Castle Rock, Colorado, has been quiet for a few years now, but that’s all changing. The Castle Rock Artist Cooperative — or CRAC for short — was formed in July 2019 as our town’s newest nonprofit to serve local artists and the local art community, and it’s already making a big splash.

Billy the Beaver.

CRAC supports local artists and the art community by providing innovative, creative, and educational opportunities in all disciplines of the Arts, and works with local businesses and organizations to hold pop-up art shows in venues around town — including Ecclesia Market, Union American Bistro, and LostCoffee — and helps create inspiring public art projects. In short, the organization will help connect artists, supporters of the arts, and art consumers, whether they be businesses or individual consumers. After all, artists’ do need to sell their art to continue to do what they love.

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 Town of Castle Rock’s Public Art Commission and Downtown Alliance to bring fun, colorful murals and public art to downtown Castle Rock.

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 in our social media platforms and email newsletter. Business sponsorships are also available.

CRAC is also proud to have launched the Veterans Art Therapy program, which teaches local veterans how to paint. There will be an exhibit of the veterans’ artwork on display at the Rhyolite Gallery for the entire month of May 2021.