Arts & Culture
Telluride isn't just about skiing. It's just one of many wonderful offerings. You won't be disappointed with alpine adventures, but scratch the surface a little deeper, and you'll find much more. For the second time in two years, Telluride has been recognized by the state of Colorado for its commitment to the arts, sharing the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award with the town of Creede in 2010.
Telluride's robust cultural life is as much a surprise to the uninitiated as the double rainbows that make rogue appearances at end of the valley during the summer. Insiders, however, know that the art scene is vibrant and sets this region apart from almost every other ski resort in the country.
Telluride is a little town that does everything in a big way. The numbers alone speak to the region's deep commitment to the arts and specials events. While the head count is low—just 3,000 individuals call this place home all year—the cultural economy is strong.
Three major entities dole out private and public funds in support of non-profits: Telluride Foundation, Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association and Commission for Community Assistance, Arts & Special Events. In 2009, these three grant machines gave in more than $500,000 collectively to arts-based non-profit organizations.