Telluride Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established on November 17, 1971 as the Telluride Council of the Arts and Humanities, known as TCAH. The organization was the first non-profit in the region, and served to incubate a culture of the arts that has come to define Telluride.
Over the years our mission has remained virtually unchanged. Our unique concern is to elevate and promote a culture of the arts in the Telluride Arts District, comprised by numerous institutions, artists, and events, which engage artists from around the region and across the globe.
The 2012 Telluride Cultural Master Plan provides the roadmap for our work. It identifies key priorities for sustaining the arts community, and called out Telluride Arts to reinvent and provide the leadership needed to ensure implementation of the plan. Since that time Telluride Arts established the Telluride Arts District and became one of the first Certified Creative Districts in the state, developed branding and marketing for the District, doubled our budget, strengthened numerous diverse partnerships, led planning for Wayfinding and Space for the Arts, contracted to restore an iconic historic warehouse for community space, and streamlined existing programs to best forward Master Plan objectives.