23rd Annual Creativity Festivity

Art Connects the World

April 6 – 15, 2017



















April 3–15, 2017

Thursday, April 6 at 4-6pm

presented by DAC Applause!
April 7-8, 7pm
$8 DAC Members, ages 12 & under
$12 General

Outreach Performances:
April 10-11, 4:30pm
$1 per entry for ages 12 & under
$5 General


Wednesday, April 12, 6-9pm

Since the launch of the first Creativity Festivity in 1992, the Durango Arts Center has strived to celebrate and nurture learning through the arts.  The annual event celebrates children’s imaginative work in art, theatre, poetry and music.  The 2017 theme of Creativity Festivity is Art Connects the World.

Throughout the two week celebration, DAC is pleased to host events and opportunities for local youth to share their work with the greater arts community in Durango.  Activities during Creativity Festivity include an exhibit featuring work of k-12th grade students in the Barbara Conrad Gallery, a writing contest for 4th and 5th grades, Durango High School’s beloved annual poetry slam and a special youth theatre production of The Grunch.

Check out the 2016 Creativity Festivity celebration here.

DAC is thrilled to coordinate Creativity Festivity for the community to experience and access at free or very low cost admissions thanks to the generous funding of our community partners: Durango School District 9R, Durango Friends of the Arts, Coca-Cola of Durango-Farmington and family funds of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado.

Barbara Conrad Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Entry to Durango Arts Center galleries is always free.  The galleries are closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays.

2017 Creativity Festivity Events

Exhibit in the Barbara Conrad Gallery

On view April 6-15

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6 at 4pm

Since the inception of Creativity Festivity, DAC has enjoyed presenting a dynamic exhibit of artwork by area children and youth, kindergarten – 12th grade.  Curated by local arts educators, the exhibit includes work by:

  • Durango School District 9-R elementary, middle and high schools
  • Animas High School
  • Durango Montessori School

The opening reception of Creativity Festivity will feature poetry readings by 4th grade students from Animas Valley Elementary.

Theatre Production: The Grunch

A New Children’s Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Denver Casado and Betina Hershey
Additional Material by Brian Dawson
THE GRUNCH is presented through special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press

April 7-8 at 7pmDAC Applause!
$8 DAC Members and Children 12 and under
$12 General

April 10-11 at 4:30pm
$1 Children/Students
$5 General

  • Winner of the 2012 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, presented by The Broadway Workshop
Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” THE GRUNCH tells the story of Ruby Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, she comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; she’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. Will the Drama club get shut down because of a bad review, or will the spirit of theatre prevail? With music reminiscent of other famous Broadway songs, this show will have you bouncing in your seat and bring out the inner theatre geek in everyone!
THE GRUNCH is produced by the DAC Applause youth performing arts program, grades 3rd-10th grades. With a pre-show performed by the Wee-Glee (4-6 yr olds) and Confetti (1st and 2nd grade) classes.

High School Poetry Slam

April 12, 6-9pm
In the DAC Theater

This fun, free event is coordinated by Durango High School teacher, Kevinanne Curmano, providing a great platform for area youth poets to take to the stage and share their creative works.  Stillwater Music will provide live entertainment throughout the evening.