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CherryArts is a year-round nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado. Offering signature community events along with education and outreach programs offered statewide, CherryArts has been a leader of Colorado’s art and culture industry for nearly three decades. The organization’s vision is to enrich lives through arts education and experiences, so that all have access to arts and culture; help build a vibrant future for the arts community where artists can thrive; inspire creativity and innovation through arts education; and drive economic, culture and philanthropic sustainability within local neighborhoods. CherryArts’ origins trace back to 1989, when arts patrons and artists came together to organize the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF), which has become a well renowned annual arts event. In 1998 CherryArts began offering education art programs, which have since grown to now include year-round programs that significantly increase arts accessibility for young people through Art Kits + At Home with Art, Mobile Art Gallery, Mobile Art Cart and the Student Art Buying Program. Most recently, CherryArts expanded again, with the launch of its sister festival, the Stanley Arts Festival in Aurora, a direct result of CCAF’s longstanding success. Today, CherryArts is recognized as an innovative arts organization that meaningfully impacts young people, artists, arts patrons and the greater community at-large.

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY OUTREACH: CherryArts fulfills its nonprofit mission and gives back to the community through year-round arts education, making access to the arts possible for all. Serving over 46,000 students annually with the Mobile Art Gallery, CherryArts Student Art Buying Program, Mobile Art Cart: Printmaking Edition.

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL transforms the Cherry Creek North District into an innovative outdoor art show featuring 265 incredible visual artists with live music, performing arts, interactive art activities, culinary and beverage. Held annually over the 4th of July weekend.

ANNUAL CCAF CALL FOR ARTISTS: October 1 – December 1

Interested in applying please email: to be added to the mailing list.

STANLEY ARTS FESTIVAL takes place at the border of Stapleton and Aurora at the Stanley Marketplace, home to 50+ local businesses operating sustainably and creatively in a repurposed aviation facility. This event features 100 juried artists, family activities, interactive art installations and live entertainment.

CHERRYARTSHOP.ORG supports CherryArts year-round education programs and schools by offering original artwork and commemorative festival posters. Your Festival. Year Round!

SPONSORSHIP: Good for community; good for business. To learn more about the experiential event marketing through your sponsorship of the CherryArts: Creative Strategies Group: 303-469-7500.

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2020 Board of Directors

Darrell Anderson  Artist • DA Art
Tara Brickell  Executive Director/CEO • CherryArts
Jayne Buck  (Emeritus) VP Tourism • Visit Denver
Charlie Groves  Business Development • CROWDSTRIKE
Ron Hicks  Artist
Jamie Hollier
  Gallery Owner/Artist • Balefire Goods
Molly Hughes  Communications Consultant
Matthew Keeney  President • AOR – Branding. Digital. Strategy.
Judith Lajoie  (Chair)  Of Counsel • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Esther Lee Leach  Publisher & Editor in Chief • Cherry Creek Fashion Magazine
Britta Miles  (Past Chair) Sr V.P. -Relationship Manager • Sunflower Bank, N.A.
Deana Perlmutter  Pres & Managing Partner • Fairfield and Woods Strategies
Joanne Reilly  (Secretary/Treasurer)  Banking, SVP • Bank of Colorado
Dennis R Ryerson  Retired Newspaper Editor
Holly Scott  Publisher, VP • Wiesner Media
Nancy Walsh  VP of Digital Media, Exhibits, Partnerships and Programs • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Jennifer Williams  President • KGA Studio Architects
John R. Youngquist  Education, Principal • East High School

Interested in joining our Board of Directors?
New board members are elected each November and begin serving in the new year.


Amy Curlee Visual Arts Director 303.355.2787 x200
Dee Dee Heyne Accounting 303.355.2787 x206
Jenny Griffin Creative Art Director 303.355.2787 x214
Shaina Belton Education Director 303.355.2787 x212
Tara Brickell Executive Director/CEO 303.355.2787 x219

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 Creative Strategies Group