Parker Arts will be fundamental to the Town’s identity as a vibrant community.
Parker Arts will enhance local economic vitality and quality of life by offering unique gathering spaces and providing access to a wide variety of high-quality performances, exhibits, and educational programs in arts, culture, history, and science.Strategic Plan
We view our organization from four distinct “Perspectives” or points of view and have developed multiple long term strategic objectives for each perspective.
Perspective #1: Patrons, Community Members, & Partners
Views organizational performance from the point of view of our customers and other key stake holders that we serve.
Perspective #2: Organizational Learning and Growth
Views organizational performance through the lenses of human capital and organizational culture.
Perspective #3: Financial Sustainability
Views organizational financial performance and the use of financial resources.
Perspective #4: Internal Effectiveness
Views organizational performance through the lenses of quality and efficiency of our key business processes.
The Parker Cultural Commission is formed and community events are offered. Initial events include Concerts in the Park and Images of Parker Art Show.
The Town of Parker purchases the Mainstreet Center to house cultural and recreation programs and to preserve an important historic building.
Study is conducted on the potential expansion/renovation of the Mainstreet Center into a modern performance facility. The council determines an expansion is not feasible.
Meetings occur between the Town of Parker, Douglas County Libraries and Douglas County School District on possible partnership for a new arts facility. The groups jointly commission a study for the property to the west of Parker’s Town Hall.
March - June 2006
The Town purchases land west of Town Hall in two parcels for the future development of an arts center, library and retail shops.
The Parker Cultural Arts Center business plan is prepared for the Town by Webb Management Services.
An architectural competition is held by the Cultural Authority. Semple Brown Design and Humprhries Poli Design teams are selected.
The Council authorizes proceeding with the design of the arts center project from existing funds and plans for a $21.7 million construction budget through the issuance of certificates of participation.
The Council approves the certificate of participation transaction to jointly fund the PACE Center and a new police station in Parker.
Groundbreaking takes place for the PACE Center.
PACE Center opens!
PACE Center upgrades west patio
Town of Parker's Cultural offerings rebranded as "Parker Arts"
Town receives $100,000 grant from State Historic Fund to begin rehabilitation on the Historic Parker Consolidated Schoolhouse in the Mainstreet Center
Student matinee program at PACE established
Town receives $198,045 grant from the State Historical Fund to continue rehabilitation on the Schoolhouse, with a focus on the lower level.
Parker Consolidated Schoolhouse celebrates 100 year anniversary and Mainstreet Center is renamed The Schoolhouse.
Town receives $200,000 grant from the State Historical Fund to complete rehabilitation on the Schoolhouse, with a focus on the restoration of the upper level and the renovation of the nonhistoric annex, which contains the theater and dressing rooms.
Discovery Park opens in downtown Parker, with a splash fountain, ice rink, and performance stage, and monumental art.
The Free Summer Concert Series moves to Discovery Park.
The Schoolhouse reopens to the public.
Construction begins to rehabilitate the Schoolhouse rear parking lot and create a small plaza between Ruth Chapel and Schoolhouse.
Cultural and Scientific Commission
An advisory and support group for the Town of Parker Cultural Department, the Cultural and Scientific Commission’s mission is to foster, implement and participate in opportunities for cultural and scientific experiences for the Parker community.