Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” A group of community members in Cedaredge, Colorado had the courage and the vision to see an old building transformed into a new, state-of-the-art resource for the community. The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) officially opened its doors on Friday, June 15. Executive Director Deborah Shaffer said, “The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is a dream come true for our valley and has been made possible through the generosity and dedication of this community.” The new center has been a community effort with many individuals working hard to renovate the GMAEC building at the intersection of SW 2nd and West Main streets in downtown Cedaredge. The 4,000-square-foot historic building was built in 1906. Over the years, it has housed a number of enterprises including a bank, a movie theatre and an auto repair garage.
David Starr, vice president of the GMAEC Board, and owner of Starr’s Guitars said, “At our first meeting with Beth Drum, senior vice president of Alpine Bank, she encouraged us to ‘look outside the box’ when we planned events and programs. Beth’s message for Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center was so encouraging and it’s exciting to see where we go.” For more information about the GMAEC and for a complete listing of upcoming events, visit grandmesaartscenter.com.