A Bright Future For the Arts in Littleton


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Littleton Members gathered around a table on Feb. 13, 2020. First meeting held to talk about the newly formed Littleton Arts & Culture Commission.

Jaymes Grundmann, Editor-In-Chief

On Feb. 13th, 2020, a group of some of Littleton’s most prominent residents, met at the Littleton Museum to conduct the first meeting of the newly formed Littleton Arts & Culture Commission. Some of those in attendance were Arapahoe Community College’s Director for the Art & Design Center, Michael Palamara, owner of Downtown Littleton’s beloved costume shop, Reinke Brothers and Greg Reinke.

According to the Commissions’ Charter & Action Plan, their vision is to create, “A vibrant, collaborative, and creative Littleton where arts and culture are defining features of the community’s identity and unique character”. This new commission was approved November of last year and it’s got big ambitions for 2020.

The meeting began with introductions from the various participants, everyone involved seemed incredibly determined and enthusiastic about the prospect of further developing Littleton’s art community and increasing access and availability of fine art to Littleton’s residents. Many of the attendees spoke about integrating music, theater, dance and every form of two-dimensional or three-dimensional art to turn Littleton into a thriving art destination, almost like a more appealing and central version of Ohama, NE’s art community. Attendees also spoke about the unique struggles that have arisen for Littleton with Denver’s massive growth, as well as their desire to foster a unique style of authentic Littleton art.

At the moment the Littleton Arts & Culture Commission currently has no elected representatives due to it being their first meeting, elections will be held at their next meeting on March 12th at the Littleton Museum. The commission will eventually include nine voting members drawn from those involved in Littleton’s Fine Arts, Libraries, Museums, cultural organizations, local arts, and the business community. While the Commission currently has no budget, there is no doubt that they’ll be helping creativity flourish in Littleton. Everyone involved seemed vividly passionate and strong-willed about the future to come.