The mission of the Cortez Cultural Center is to provide a forum for our community's educational, cultural, artistic and scientific interests. We are a catalyst for cultural respect, continuity and innovation.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit The diversity of programming and activities that the Cortez Cultural Center offers to locals and area visitors means that we have social and economic impact locally and regionally. In 2011-2012, we organized and hosted Ladies' Night Out as a fundraiser for our annual Patsy Brown Art Scholarship for a local high school student pursuing training in the arts (2012 recipient is Bailey Morris from Montezuma-Cortez High School); the Pueblo-to-Pueblo Run and Bike Race; the Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival; Native American Dances and Cultural Programs from Memorial Day through Labor Day; a Kids' Culture Camp; Bring it to Market: Heritage Harvest Celebration; Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair; and the Community Christmas Dinner. The Cortez Cultural Center has an art gallery that features work by area artists, with 16 exhibits annually, including exhibits by each of Montezuma County's high schools. Our gift shop features books about southwestern cultures, past and present, and carries hand-made items by local and Native artisans. We have provided a performance venue for area high school students who performed internationally. The Cortez Cultural Center also offers lectures and workshops throughout the year, including art and acting classes for youth and adults, lectures on diverse topics from archaeology to travelogues, and historical re-enactments. The Cortez Cultural Center collaborates with several area non-profits and other businesses to offer a variety of opportunities for tourists and local residents alike. The main goals of the Cortez Cultural Center in 2012 through 2014 (as set forth in our business plan) focus on significantly increasing programming and activities that will benefit area residents throughout the year, while maintaining the quality of seasonal programming for which we have become known to tourist populations. By increasing our services to locals, we hope to increase and diversify our membership and volunteer base, and to further secure the Cortez Cultural Center as a 'sacred place' in our community.
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