Fort Collins, Performing Arts Capitol of the Region

Artists foster creative talent in this booming college town.

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The OpenStage Theatre & Company got its start in Fort Collins in 1973 with the idea that artists should be able to make a living in the community of their choice and to foster the creative talent that already existed in the booming college town. OpenStage started with one show a year. Today, the award-winning theater company produces six shows throughout the year and also operates the openstage etc. developmental theater, the Rabbit Hole Radio Theatre, as well as workshops and other student programs. OpenStage is just one of the catalysts that have helped transform Fort Collins into a thriving arts community. The busy performing arts calendar also includes the Canyon Concert Ballet, the Bas Bleu Theatre Company and the venerable Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. For the visual arts, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art offers several shows a year featuring local, regional and international talent. The Museum of Contemporary Art, or MOCA, is a nonprofit organization that embraces artists. The museum, once known as OneWest Arts Center, opened in 1990 in the historic post office building downtown. MOCA’s two galleries host rotating exhibits in all media. MOCA tries to focus on artists working with new media or new ways to present art, or who are addressing issues relevant to our contemporary times and operates an art school and an educational program for children and adults. The museum also sponsors several community events, including a tour of private artists’ studios each fall. Meanwhile, the Fort Collins Symphony is delighting North Colorado residents and visitors with a mix of classical and pops music. The 80-piece orchestra, started in 1952, performs six Masterworks concerts a year. Fort Collins has flourished to become the performing arts capital of the region.

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