The Durango Arts Center (DAC) is currently housed in an older, retrofitted building, which was formerly an auto repair shop. The building has numerous maintenance issues that drain funds to create short-term "band aid" fixes on an ongoing basis. It was not initially designed to accommodate the programs of a successful arts center. By relocating the DAC to the River Front, a facility can be designed that specifically meets the needs of a vibrant cultural center.
The Powerhouse Science Center (PSC), formerly the Durango Discovery Museum, is currently located on the river and has proven to be a successful and popular addition to Durango's educational and cultural scene. When the initial phase was completed, PSC always intended to grow and expand its exciting programs to serve the community. While there are current plans for expansion, the STEAM Park project would significantly increase the opportunities for PSC to improve its facilities and offer additional science education programs and exhibits.
Durango Film: An Independent Film Festival is a growing and highly respected independent film festival. However, there is currently no modern, professional theater venue for the performing and cinematic arts in the downtown area. There is also no outdoor amphitheater for small theater productions (e.g., Shakespeare in the Round). Again, indoor and outdoor theatres would enable frequent outdoor performances for all to enjoy.
Music in the Mountains is an outstanding non-profit offering classical and contemporary musical performances during a three-week summer festival season. MITM also provides music education experiences for children during the school year. Currently there is no outdoor amphitheater for open-air chamber concerts or small musical group performances. Visitors and users of the Animas River Trail would be able to stop, sit on the grass, and enjoy live performances in a beautiful setting.
A truly functional science and arts facility can be created to include appropriate galleries, a multi-use theater, classrooms, workshops, and office space that can be used by a multitude of organizations, including our partners listed below. There are several benefits to grouping like cultural organizations into one facility—among them are artistic collaboration, shared usages and lower operating costs.
Stillwater Foundation provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, including the disabled and disadvantaged, to participate in quality instruction in the arts in a safe and positive environment. Instructors for Stillwater programs are intrinsically interested in providing the best possible opportunities for area youth and adults in their area of expertise. Participating in STEAM Park will allow Stillwater to extend its reach, helping more individuals reach their full creative potential while building character, teamwork and self-confidence.