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History of the Arvada Center

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The Arvada Center

The idea for the Arvada Center began in 1972, when almost 160 sixth grade students from Secrest Elementary School presented a pageant called Look Back With Pride.

Arvada teacher Lois Lindstrom had written the pageant so these students could learn about Arvada's rich history.

That same year, the Arvada Historical Society was formed by Lindstrom, who served as its first president. In 1973, the Arvada City Council asked Lindstrom to chair a committee to develop the concept of a cultural center.

The Cultural Center Committee wanted much more than a place to meet and talk about history. They wanted a place where artists could come together and share a living history with the community, a center that would enrich cultural life. The committee, with assistance from architect Harold Carver, developed a plan which was adopted by the City Council:  a center which would house a museum, art galleries, and a theater.

The Arvada City Council set the date of May 21, 1974 for a bond election on two questions: $3.4 million dollars for Parks and Open Space, and $3.6 million dollars to construct a cultural center. When the votes were tallied on election night both the parks bond and the cultural center bond issues had passed.

The Center and the Museum opened in 1976. Today, the Arvada Center is one of the metro Denver area's largest cultural attractions, offering a wide variety of arts experiences - professional theater productions for both adults and children, concerts, dance performances, critically acclaimed gallery exhibitions, a history museum, classes in the arts and humanities, banquet /conference facilities and more.