The Durango Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that owns and operates its facility, covering a mortgage, all repairs, cleaning and utilities for public use. DAC does not receive any public funding from the City of Durango or La Plata County. The annual budget for programs, salaries and the facility must be generated from fundraising efforts of board and staff, as well as the earned revenues of our ticket sales, workshop fees, artwork sales and special events. DAC is grateful for its community of supporters who sustain community arts.
DAC is proud to serve upwards of 30,000 patrons and participants in our programs and events each year.
In 2016, DAC hosted 87 community events, including exhibit receptions, theatre performances, artist lectures, film screenings and fundraisers. DAC provided 153 unique art workshops, camps and classes that enrolled 1,300 art students ages 3+ and, thanks to generous donor and foundation support, DAC disbursed $17,333 in need-based scholarship aid. The theatre program entertained 5,165 patrons with a dynamic season of dramatic, comedic and youth productions. Over 500 artists were represented in exhibits, featured in theatre performances and the Durango Autumn Arts Festival, and supported through DAC MicroGrants and residencies.
Over the course of DAC’s 40+ year history as a nonprofit, we have received enthusiastic recognition for contributions to the community and program content and quality, including “Non-Profit of the Year” delivered by the Chamber of Commerce in 2012, and the 2013 Durango Herald Reader’s Choice award for “Best Live Theatre.”