Centennial's Goodson Recreation Center doubles as site for sculptures


South Suburban Parks and Recreation District has a Public Art Committee that has developed an Art-on-Loan Program, which exhibits large outdoor artworks by area sculptors for a year, giving artists considerable exposure for their works.

SSPRD has purchased some works over the years but this program also offers art for the many visitors to its facilities to enjoy. (Two additional works were recently installed at Hudson Gardens in Littleton for a year.)

At Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd. in Centennial, see: “Dragon Fly” by Kyle Ocean, composed of mild steel; “Eye Love You” by Justin Deister, made of metal, wood and paint; and “Spiral” by Joseph “Gary” Manuel — formed with steel and plywood by the former cabinetmaker.

The sculptures are at the entrance and courtyard at Goodson and were selected through a competitive process. Sculptors receive an honorarium for the loan of their works and some have found a buyer.

Sundance Festival

We got a message that films for the 2021 Sundance Festival are invited. Next year, they will be shown in Utah, as usual, but also at 20 independent and community cinemas across the U.S. Starts Jan. 28, according to new director Tabitha Jackson.

Writing workshop

Colorado Humanities announces a Veterans Writing Workshop online in July. Already underway — wish we had heard sooner — but interested writers can still join workshops, conducted by Cindy Skagg She is handling enrollment: July 15: Fiction Narrative; July 22: Business Writing. Contact Josephine Jones — 720-489-7188.

Parking for culture

Parker offers Parking Lot Concerts in July at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave.: July 10 — Cody Sisters Band (Gypsy jazz, folk, modern.) July 17 — Bad Candy (three guys on guitars plus drummer: bluegrass, country, R&B, rock). July 24 Nacho Men (street corner a capella originally, now with brass and drums.) $30 per vehicle — you must stay in your car. Box office: 303-805-6800,


Exhibit of works by Littleton Fine Arts Board winners Courtney Cotton and Gabrielle Groves is still available virtually at the Littleton Museum. Go to and search for museum.


The Denver Art Museum is open with a new exhibit of works by American artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell. Prior reservations required due to limitations on entry. Masks required, as at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Kirkland Museum and Denver Botanic Gardens. Admission charged for non-members.

Hudson Gardens is open in Littleton, with free admission. Roses and other flowers are lovely.

Also open:

In Englewood — Malley Recreation Center and Englewood Recreation Center. Make reservation here as well. 303-762-2680.

Curtis Art Center

Curtis Center for the Arts at 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, offers summer classes: 303-797-1779. Register at Most are underway — check on availability and cost. Examples: July 18: “Illustrate a Family Recipe” with watercolors and hand lettering skills Paint lemons, strawberries, tomatoes, avocados ... 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through July 27 — Live Model Quick Sketch with Cliff Austin; Abstract Colorado Painting for Beginners with Christian Dore online; Exploring Oil Painting with Aimee Denewweth; Watercolor Fridays, July 10-Aug. 14 with Rick Brogan; There are more...


Douglas County Libraries are open with modified services. Cleaning with EPE-registered disinfectants. Limitations on capacity ... Study and meeting rooms by reservation only. No in-person storytimes at this time. Special play areas are not open.

In Jeffco

Miners Alley Theatre in Golden has canceled the balance of the 2020 season. Arvada Center will relaunch its season in February 2021. More later ...


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