WE DID IT, forever home for the Art Base will make art the heART of Basalt! On Tuesday night, after 8 ½ years, the Town of Basalt unanimously approved development of the River Park Parcel! The project includes the future 6,500sf home of the Art Base! 100% of public comments, at the last two public meetings, were positive.

Our new permanent home on the Roaring Fork River sits on a 5,000sf footprint of land to be owned by the Art Base. Our facility will increase from 1,800sf to 6,500sf and will include a high-caliber gallery, an adult classroom with a digital lab, a youth classroom with park access, a roof terrace event space, as well as a resident artist studio and installation shop.

The Art Base is a mid-valley cultural anchor. Our new building will better serve the community through the expansion of art instruction for all ages and simultaneous youth and adult programs, an elevated exhibition experience for artists and visitors, and will allow for the development of an artist residency program. The roof terrace will include expansive river views and increase earned-income through event rentals. A forever home will eliminate our current dilemma of a short-term lease, in our cramped facility, where current programs compete for space.

Vesting rights are 3-years and we plan on a grand opening in the summer of 2023, if not before. The grand opening will be a year from start of construction.

GET INVOLVED and help us make this happen by spreading the word, give to support our $8M goal ($5M to open the doors and $3M for program reserves). Donations of every size matter! Write a check or click here!

And finally, a very special thanks to all who spoke in support of this project, and helped make a dream a reality.  Thank you Town of Basalt Mayor, Councilors and Staff, Tim Belinski and Independence Ventures, Rich Carr and CCY Architects!


Click here to read more in the Aspen Times!