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Governor’s Arts Award Celebration

The Telluride Council for Arts and Humanities, Town of Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser and The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art invite the community to celebrate Telluride's Governor's Art Award at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Arts with a Wine Mine tasting and yummy treats from Telluride Truffles from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

A total of 13 Colorado cities were nominated for the Governor's Arts Award, and Telluride came out on topTelluride was honored at a ceremony at the Denver Art Museum on Friday, February 26, as part of Arts Advocacy Day. The annual Governor’s Arts Award recognizes a Colorado town or city for its collective efforts to enhance the community and economy through strategic use of the arts. Governor Ritter joined Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser in unveiling the awards, which were original artworks by artist Gayle Gerson of Grand Junction.

In announcing the awards, Governor Ritter noted “Not only are the arts a way to share our heritage and show us new ways of thinking and seeing, the arts are also a way to grow jobs and revitalize Colorado’s economy. It gives me great pleasure to honor these two communities.”

The Colorado Council on the Arts, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, annually convenes a panel to review the nominations. Although the Governor’s Award typically honors a single town or city, the review panel felt strongly that both Creede and Telluride show exemplary commitment to the arts as a way to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of their communities.   

The Town of Telluride, which won an honorable mention in 2008, impressed the panel with its high level of support for locally grown arts programs. Although Telluride is known for its international summer festivals, the panel noted a strong commitment to funding for local arts activities by the Town of Telluride, the Telluride Foundation, the Mountain Village Owners’ Association, and San Miguel County. The panel also applauded Telluride’s commitment to youth arts, including their ongoing integration of the arts into the school curriculum. The panel was also impressed with Telluride’s Cultural Master Plan and Commission on Cultural Assistance.