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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

Moments in Mexican American History in the Southwest

An exhibit exploring Mexican American History in the Southwest, prepared by University of Colorado Professors Arturo Aldama and Marjorie McInintosh.  The display includes 40 panels including photos and text.

Text is also available in Spanish.  Translation made possible by the Lafayette Arts and Cultural Resources Department. 

This exhibit will be on display through Sunday, August 27.

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Paintings by Jerry Rael

Denver artist Jerry Rael was born near the Bosque de los Caballos in a small mid-house located in Jaroso, Colorado, about six miles north of the New Mexico line.  His paintings explore and pay homage to his heritage.
The bright colors and the mixed emotions  in Rael's subjects are represented with a quality that spells ghosts and they are intertwined in a world where one doesn't know which is real or which is fantasy.

Lafayette Historical Society Exhibit

The satellite exhibit by the Lafayette Historical Society, 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.

Rael del Castillo

August 25; 6:30 - 9 PM - An Evening of Art and Poetry with Jerry Rael and Dr. Ramon Del Castillo

Enjoy an evening rich in culture! Meet the artist, Jerry Rael. Poetry reading by Dr. Ramon Del Castillo. The public is invited to meet the artist and the poet.  Poet Dr. Ramon Del Castillo, a professor from Metro State University, will read from his latest book Quetzales are not Extinct. Both Mr. Rael and Dr. Del Castillo will be part of a question and answer period after the reading. All are invited to enjoy the art, great conversation, and light appetizers throughout the evening. Wine will be available for purchase.  This event is free and open to the public. 

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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:

July & August: Moments in Mexican American History of the Southwest; Paintings of Jerry Rael; Historic display honoring some of Lafayette's Latino Families.  On display through August 27.

September:   Free. Form. Function. Paintings by Sheryl Mercure and Ceramics by Lynda Ladwig

October: Day of the Dead Exhibit

November & December: East Boulder County Artist Association

January 2018: Emerging Artist

February & March 2018: A Crone's Eye View

April 2018: Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival Exhibit