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Center for the Arts Evergreen Open for Business

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Rocky Mountain Water Media Show in New Gallery

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Grand Opening Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

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Gallery with Performance Stage

"Formation of a Storm" by Janet Rundquist

A Thank You to our Community of Donors

After years of studies, plans and efforts, we are pleased to announce the opening of the new Center for the Arts Evergreen at 31880 Rocky Village Rd. Purchased in October, 2015 the site has received a Historical Designation from Jefferson County. Part of the building was the original Soda Creek school house which dates back to the late 1880s. The former Bergen Park Church (located on Hwy. 65 in Bergen Park, Evergreen) is a historic structure in Evergreen that was in danger of demolition. The preservation of this building was a compelling reason to choose this the site for the new Center. The historic integrity of the building remains, but cutting-edge design, technology and function was the focus of its transformation.

We are proud to have preserved this part of Evergreen’s history. The old school house is only part of the building. The $1.5 million project provides the mountain community a state-of-the-art facility. The Phase I renovation of the existing structure includes a large gallery that can be used for gatherings; two permanent classrooms with storage areas, bathrooms, break room, and offices for staff.

A Phase II addition is planned in the future providing a lower level that opens out to a courtyard for clay, glass and other ‘hot’ arts to be created. The upper level will provide additional ‘clean’ multi-use classrooms.


Building History

In 2016, the structure was granted a Historic Landmark designation from the Jefferson County, Colorado Historical Commission.

The east section includes a one-room school house dating to the 1880’s which formerly served the Soda Creek area. The multi-faceted glasswork came from the Lowry Air Force Base Chapel. Most recently the building served the Bergen Park Free Evangelical Church congregation.

Built of wood frame with sections dating back to the 1920s, the East Section rested on cinder block with floor joists over a dirt floor.  The West Section rests on a concrete slab. CAE’s renovations maintained the exterior façade preserving the historical nature of the structure.

New Floor Plan

The flooring was torn out and excavated where needed, then replaced with a grade level floor allowing for ADA accessibility. All electrical and mechanical has now been replaced with modern efficient and safe technology. Additionally ADA compliant rest rooms, administrative offices, and a kitchen/food prep area are completed.

Phase II will consist of a utilitarian structure to the rear of the main building. It will house ceramics, kilns, and an upper level studio space.  Construction is predicated on future funding levels and will be announced in late 2018.

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Ponzio Family Gallery

The West area houses the gallery/events area with a performance stage and lecture area.

Kee’s Classroom

The Central Section and East Section now houses an open area which can be converted to three classrooms or gallery space.


Your continued financial support and enlisting others to join this worthy cause is deeply appreciated.


Community Impact

CAE provides arts education to all ages through summer camps, arts in the schools programs, brown bag seminars and art classes for adults and those with disabilities.

About the Capital Campaign

After an extensive search, CAE has purchased the historic former Bergen Park Church for our new facility. The Campaign’s goal is to raise $2 million to transform it with cutting edge design and function, while preserving historic features.

Push to the Finish

The Capital Campaign has been a huge success as of Spring 2017… but we are not there yet! While the bulk of the funding goals have been accomplished, we still need more dollars to complete this project. Please consider helping us further with your kind contributions.

Campaign News:

CAE Grand Opening September 16, 2017

CAE Grand Opening September 16, 2017

After years of work, planning, fundraising and finally acquisition and construction, the day arrived when our new home was ready for prime time.  Doors to the new facility officially opened at 4PM, but people had been arriving for an hour...
Annual CAE Gala Fundraiser was a Big Success

Annual CAE Gala Fundraiser was a Big Success

A Benefit event was held for the Center for the Arts Evergreen's Capital Campaign on Saturday, June 3rd to help bring the completion of our new art center closer to being fully funded.  The event was held at the Colorado...
Volunteers help prepare the walls for Artwork

Volunteers help prepare the walls for Artwork

While pretty much all new commercial buildings use walls made from metal studs, these are not really suitable for easy picture hanging.  On March 25th, a happy group of volunteers showed up at our construction site to install backing lumber between...
Demolition Begins on the Interior of our New Home

Demolition Begins on the Interior of our New Home

As of September 19th, this project is now off to a running start.  A crew of hard-working demolition experts are tearing out the guts of our new space to make room for the construction to come.  Pictures are now posted...