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The Cultural Department’s total operating expense budget for 2018 is $4,789,323
6.15% of the Town of Parker's General Fund in 2018 goes to the Cultural Department to help pay for operating expenses, capital outlay and debt service combined.
75% of the Cultural Department’s 2018 operating expenses are covered by revenue generated through earned and contributed revenue like ticket sales, rentals, grants and sponsorships.
The Schoolhouse complex (formerly known as the Mainstreet Center) includes three distinct spaces: the 100-year-old school building with an event room, meeting rooms, and a dance studio; a non-historic annex with a 200-seat theater, art gallery and heritage center; and the Ruth Memorial Chapel, the Town’s oldest church building. The Schoolhouse complex hosts community arts events and classes including theater, dance, music and visual arts. The theater lobby includes a full concession area, an art gallery curated by Parker Artist Guild, and a heritage center managed by the Parker Area Historical Society. All of the spaces are available for rental by individuals, community and business groups for all types of functions such as weddings, small conferences, fundraisers, banquets and business meetings.
The historic Schoolhouse building was fully restored to its original 1915 floor plan and finishes. The non-historic annex, which was added in 1978 by Parker United Methodist Church, was renovated to improve its function as a theater, including new seats, new bathrooms, and an open lobby with full concessions. The combined construction cost was $3 million. To offset the Town’s cost, over $500,000 in grants were received from the Colorado State Historic Fund, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA). The construction and operations are being funded out of current revenues with no tax increase.
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Please visit Parker Arts Weather Hotline at 303.805.3289.
For additional questions, please call Parker Arts Education Department at 303.805.3374.
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Absolutely! Part of our mission is to provide space for community events. The event rooms, theaters, classrooms, outdoor patios, art galleries, conference rooms, and dance studios are available to rent for events, meetings or performances.
Cultural arts and science classes are offered by the PACE Department, while many of the enrichment, sports, animal and special interest classes are offered by Parker Recreation.