The Collective - Community Arts Center

Graphic for exhibit titled BIG art

Group exhibition - BIG art 

Aug. 3 - Sept. 25 

This group exhibition includes large abstract work by twelve Colorado artists working in a diverse range of media: paintings, prints, quilts, mixed media, and digital media. 
The artists featured in this exhibit are Tif Choate, Evan Colbert, Nancy Eastman, 
M.D. Friedman, David Fodel, Adderly Grant Lord, Sally Jordon, Laura Loewen, 
Molly McCrosson, Karen Poulson, Niki Stearman, and Lynn Wooton.

Opening Reception 

Friday, August 5, 5–7pm

Arts Activities

Visit lafayetteco.gov/Activities to find take-home activities and sign up for happenings at The Collective.

Past Exhibits

Ishin Denshin: Transmissions from the Heart

Ishin-denshin is a Japanese idiom that refers to "heart-to-heart communication" or shared mutual and unspoken understanding symbolically from the heart, or “uchi” (the inside). Art is an incomparable platform for universal communication between artists and community; it challenges us to look inward and to consider our interconnections and interdependence with others and the world through introspection and empathy. It also opens us up to curiosity, imagination, and possibility. The Japanese Arts Network is grateful for the opportunity to share the unique voices of Colorado artists as they share these heart-centered works.

Racism & Discrimination at the Lafayette Swimming Pool 1934

This exhibit bears the distinction of holding the 2021 Carolyn Bancroft Award by state agency, History Colorado, who lauded it an “outstanding example of a community-driven project that fosters both self-reflection and inspiration in how the public approaches Colorado history.” Rose Lueras was a young Latina woman who led her community in a fight for equal use of the Lafayette public swimming pool. 
Read more about Rose-Lueras-Story and view the exhibit.

OMETEOTL: We Are All One

This exhibit, featuring artists from the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC), was about healing through arts and ceremony. Our world, our communities have experienced divisions and tragedies these past two years.  This group show reflected what brings us together as a community. We are individually unique, woven together in light and love. We bring the best of who we are by showcasing our diverse styles and the richness of our culture.

Brave Pathways: Creative roads to healing

Fiber artist Grace Gee and photographer Keri Mills came together in this vibrant exhibit exploring art as part of a healing journey. A wonderful variety of unique pieces of art came from two creative journeys of health and wellness. View the exhibit: Walkthrough: Virtual tour of Brave Pathways

About The Collective

The Collective Community Arts CenterThe Collective houses the Arts and Cultural Resources Department.

At The Collective, visitors engage in the arts through various exhibits, historic displays, networking opportunities, arts business development, social themes, lectures, film series, and other arts and culture programs. 


Our sponsors are National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, Boulder County Arts