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201 North Public Road

SUN:     12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MON:     Closed
TUE:     10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WED:    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
THU:    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FRI:      10:00 am – 7:00 pm
SAT:     10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Hours subject to change

Dia de los Muertos at the Collective

The month of October, The Collective will celebrate Day of the Dead (Dia de los muertos), a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of the Americas, usually on November 1st and 2nd, in observance of and in celebration of the dead. Traditional festivities include parades, family gatherings at cemeteries and creating beautiful ofrendas, or altars, to recognize, remember and revere the deceased. There have been many artistic traditions associated with the celebration, including sugar skulls, Catrina dolls and poetry.  

Dia de los Muertos Workshops in October:

25 students per workshop per day.  Sign up over the phone 303-661-1261 or in person at 201 N. Public Road.  Most workshops for ages 2nd grade and up; younger sibling may attend with parent present. View the details here.

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop (Wed, Oct 4 5:00-6:30; Sat. Oct 21 10-11:30 am; Wed, Oct 25 5:00-6:30)

Catrina Dolls Workshop: (Tues, Oct 10 5:00-6:00; Sat, Oct 28, 4:00-5:00)

Day of the Dead Poetry (Tues Oct 3 4:00-5:00, Mon, Oct 23, 4:00-5:00)

Free Calavera Face-Painting Wednesday, November 1, 3:00 – 6:00 pm; ALL AGES

Community Ofrendas

The community is invited to participate in the community alters and commemorate a loved one as part of The Collective's Dia de los Muertos exhibit. Bring a memento or a photo of a loved one who has passed, to contribute to the Community Alter. Small items or copies of photos are welcome. Items may not be returned.


Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

October 12, 2017
Refreshments & Social Time 6:15 p.m.; Workshop 6:30  - 8:30 p.m.

Join Arapaho historian and film maker Ava Hamilton for an interactive/participatory workshop.  We will experience the colonization of North America from the point of view of the Native peoples, and ask ourselves, "How can all Americans work together now to heal the wounds of genocide and colonization?"

Recommended for high school students and adults.
More info at 

East Boulder County Artists Winter Exhibit

East Boulder County Artists (EBCA) is excited and pleased to announce a showing of the work of our community of visual artists at The Collective Art Center in Lafayette, November 4th, 2017 through January 2nd, 2018. Please join us for an artist's reception with food and wine, Friday evening, November 3rd from 5 - 7 p.m., 201 N. Public Road, Lafayette, Colorado. Thanks to the City of Lafayette for this beautiful new space to show art!

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Promoting Your Artwork Without Being There
Talk by Suzanne Frazier

The concept of promoting what one does and telling people in three words or less on one's business card is the first step towards marketing. These simple marketing concepts can be applied to any business and expanded in social media. Worksheets will be handed out and all participants can decide on their three special words to explain what they love to do.

Suzanne Frazier combines her experience as a teaching artist since 1989 with her work experience in Promotions and Marketing since 1972 to present her talk on “How to Promote Your Artwork without Being There! 

Latinos of Lafayette Lafayette Historic Exhibit

The photography exhibit made possible with the help of Frank Archuleta, Jr., features some of the Latino families who have contributed to Lafayette as veterans, leaders, athletes, activists, and coal miners.  The exhibit gives a small glimpse into the impact and history that Latino families have made in the community.
The Lafayette Public Library and The Collective will continue to accept photos to add to the exhibit.  Please drop of copies of any pictures to include as originals may not be returned.  Include names and dates if possible.  Photos may be delivered to The Collective or the Library.

The Collective Community Arts Center will serve as a clearing house for arts and culture, and blend the City’s commitment to honoring Lafayette’s past while moving into the future.  The Collective houses the Arts and Cultural Resources Department.
At The Collective, visitors can engage in the arts through rotating exhibits, historic displays, networking opportunities, arts business development, social themes, lectures, film series, and other arts & culture programs. 
Visitors can come together to express and celebrate the community’s identity through art.  The center’s concept will continue to evolve over time through participant input and public engagement.  

Upcoming shows:

October: Day of the Dead Exhibit & Activities.  View our schedule

November & December: East Boulder County Artist Association

January 2018: Emerging Artist - TBA

February & March 2018: A Crone's Eye View

April 2018: Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival Exhibit