The Cultural Commission works to bring cultural events into the community, while expanding appreciation for creative activity, and raising awareness of the importance of the arts for everyone.
The active group of volunteers who serve on the Commission recognize and facilitate the arts in the community. They have a clear mission and vision of what the commission is tasked to do, simultaneously recognizing and welcoming the ideas and energy of individual members.
The Cultural Commission hosts the annual Wheat Ridge Reads program. The author of the selected book holds readings throughout the community and the program is promoted to increase literacy and an appreciation for reading.
In partnership with Localworks, the Cultural Commission also facilitates and funds professional chalk artists as part of Chalk of the Town and during RidgeFest
Additional projects have included a collaboration with Localworks on the ArtSpace Feasibility Study, summer Performances in the Park, the Poet in Residence program, facilitating the purchase and installation of Sweet Grass Dance, a public sculpture in Anderson Park, updating the Discovering Neighborhood Art Project, and managing the Wheat Ridge Cultural Events Facebook page. The Cultural Commission also presents an award each year as part of the City of Wheat Ridge Business Awards Event. In 2019 they recognized Craft Box with this award.
Wheat Ridge Reads
The results of the community survey are in and the book selection for 2020 is Madame Velvet’s Caberet of Oddities by Nancy Stohlman. She will join the community for a reading and discussion on her book in 2020. On January 15 she will be be at Swiss Flower and Gift Cottage and on January 16 at Ye Olde Firehouse. She will also meet with Wheat Ridge High School students that same week. More information about getting a free copy of the book to come.
Wheat Ridge Reads 2021
Wheat Ridge Selects Poet in Residence
In December of 2018, Sharon Heinlen was named the first Wheat Ridge Poet in Residence as part of the celebrations planned for the City’s 50th Anniversary in 2019. Heinlen will create original works of poetry to read at several Wheat Ridge events in 2019. She will also conduct poetry education programs at Wheat Ridge schools in 2020.
Heinlen was selected by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission for her poem “Neighborly Inspiration” as well as several other original poems and for her commitment to the community. An 18-year resident of Wheat Ridge, she is a retired Regis University and University of Denver professor, and has written and performed poetry and music at multiple venues throughout her life.
Other Special Projects
Greetings from Wheat Ridge Campaign
See the "Greetings From Wheat Ridge" slideshow here.
50th Anniversary Signature Quilt
The “Many Colors of Wheat Ridge” signature quilt was created by Cultural Commissioner Milly Nadler in celebration of the City’s 50th Anniversary. Signatures include those of community members and City leaders.
To promote culture and the arts, to oversee public art, and to provide art enrichment opportunities to benefit the residents of the City.
Wheat Ridge Cultural Vision 2018
Approved Resolution 2018
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Second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.
Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
4005 Kipling St.
Meetings are open to the public
- David Opp - Chair
- Gay Porter DeNileon - Vice Chair
- Jessica Schwartz Opens a New Window. - District I Representative
- Shawna Black - District I Representative
- Milly Nadler - District II Representative
- Jill Shannon Opens a New Window. - District II Representative
- David Opp Opens a New Window. - District III Representative
- Lisa Streisfeld- District III Representative
- Gail Rickman- District IV Representative
- Megan Schneckenburger-District IV Representative
- Susan Anderson - City Staff Liaison