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Join as a business member of the Durango Arts Center and share the benefits with your employees and clients. They will love it! Sponsorship is a great way to increase exposure for your business and to network with potential clients, all while you support the Arts, a leading economic and creative contributor in the community.

29,100 reasons to become a Partner in the Arts with DAC:

  • The DAC had 26,000 visitors in 2010 and with an expansion of education, gallery and theater programs and events, the DAC anticipates 29,100 visitors in 2011.
  • The DAC is located in a post-Victorian commercial structure dating back to the 1920’s that was officially named the Hocker Motors Building. It was scheduled for demolition in 1996 to create a parking lot. DAC purchased the building and refurbished it.
  • The DAC now houses a thriving children’s and adult education studio, the Barbara Conrad Gallery, the Garner/Vega Library, the community arts center theater with the Diane Panelli Stage and a dance studio.
  • The DAC has two docent programs and multiple resident groups including Durango Performing Arts Company, Durango Dot Comedy and Agape.
  • DAC hosts community events including fundraisers for other local non-profits including KDUR, the Durango Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Resource Center and others.
  • DAC was selected to receive professional advice and mentoring from the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center.

How does the Arts Industry help Durango and local businesses?

  • The ‘Arts’ industry generates income, jobs and demand for other goods and services. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry produces 5.5 million full-time equivalent jobs and $166.2 billion in economic activity every year.
  • 186,251 jobs in Colorado are associated with creative enterprises and occupations.
  • The ‘Arts’ is the fifth largest employer in Colorado, with Southwest Colorado employing approximately 4,500 people in the creative industries.
  • Durango’s tourism industry is bolstered by the presence of Durango as a cultural hub. As locals and tourists spend money, the dollars circulate locally multiple times.
  • The economic impact of the ‘Arts’ industry is significant for the City in sales tax revenue.
  • There is an increased demand for services such as food and lodging of tourists as well as opportunity purchasing of goods and services from local retail stores and providers.

The benefits to the community and local businesses are long-term, creating the vibrant community that attracts people to visit and live in Durango. We all benefit!

Membership Benefits

All business members receive a listing in member and donor recognitions, mailings of the Artsline quarterly newsletter, invitations to exhibit openings and other DAC events and discounts on art purchases, classes and tickets to performances produced by DAC. Through DAC’s participation in North American Reciprocal Museums, you enjoy membership benefits at over 450 art centers and museums world wide.

Additional benefits include the following:

Da Vinci ($5000+)

  • Membership listing and logo for one year in the Artsline newsletter
  • Advertising for one year on the digital screen in DAC’s lobby
  • Listing on DurangoArts.org with logo and link to your website for one year
  • Free use of the theater and gallery for a one-time event

Picasso ($3000+)

  • Membership listing and logo for one year in the Artsline newsletter
  • Advertising for one year on the digital screen in DAC’s lobby
  • Listing on DurangoArts.org with logo and link to your website for one year
  • Free use of the gallery for a one-time event

O’Keeffe ($1500+)

  • Membership listing and logo for one year in the Artsline newsletter
  • Advertising for one year on the digital screen in DAC’s lobby
  • Listing on DurangoArts.org with logo and link to your website for one year
  • 50% discount on rental of the gallery for a one-time event

Stanton Englehart ($500+)

  • Membership recognition in one issue of the Artsline newsletter
  • Listing on DurangoArts.org with logo and link to your website for one year 

Corporate Contributor ($250+)

  • Membership recognition in one issue of the Artsline newsletter
  • Listing on DurangoArts.org and link to your website for one year

The Durango Arts Center is an Enterprise Zone Contribution Project.

Contributions of $500 and over earn donors a Colorado state income tax credit of 25%.