The center, which includes an art school, theater, and museum with a renowned Southwest and Spanish Colonial collection, became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College on July 1, a process that began with an alliance formed in August 2016. As part of the alliance between the college and FAC, assets of the center will be formally transferred to Colorado College as a gift in 2020.
The center's current programming reflects opportunities that have emerged as a result of the alliance, including a new classroom gallery that supports hands-on teaching and learning. To date, the gallery has hosted student examinations of the work of Rembrandt in conjunction with the Everyday Extraordinary show and an exhibit curated by first-year students taking an Introduction to Art History course; Colorado College Music Department faculty and students have composed and recorded original music for an FAC theatrical production; five CC faculty members contributed their expertise to a photography exhibit at the center; and two positions have been added to the museum's staff.
"The amount of this gift is significant, but the true value of the Fine Arts Center and its collections — and the center's potential to enhance our educational mission — cannot be quantified," said Colorado College president Jill Tiefenthaler. "Through this alliance, we envision an arts renaissance that engages the entire regional community. The center also complements the strengths of Colorado College's innovative Block Plan, and will add considerable breadth to experiential opportunities we offer our students."