At Weehawken Creative Arts, we are in the business of changing lives, nurturing dreams, and helping kids and adults in Ouray County and neighboring communities discover their creative potential through the arts.
We offer transformative, individualized arts education programming led by extraordinary instructors, as well as a variety of art-inspired events. More than that, we offer a place for you to find your very own community of kindred spirits, wherever your artistic passion lies.
WEE HAVE A PASSION FOR DANCE Now in its fifteenth year, Weehawken Dance is our flagship program, reaching close to 350 kids in the region annually. We offer the American Ballet Theatre’s national training curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development, under the artistic direction of ABT-certified teacher Natasha Pyeatte.
Each dance semester culminates in a spectacular production on the big stage at the Montrose Pavilion, giving all of our dancers a chance to shine. These performances are not to be missed! They reflect Miss Natasha’s talent, vision, and boundless energy as a teacher and choreographer --- as well as the talents of our incredible team of highly qualified instructors.
While the shows may be great, the real magic happens in our studios every day of the dance semester, where our dancers develop compassion, life skills, self-discipline and belonging, in addition to excellent dance technique.
Educational Opportunities: Weehawken offers a tantalizing variety of classes and programs for both kids and adults that include visual arts/fine arts, fiber arts, movement arts like fencing and karate, photography, craftsman arts, creative writing, culinary arts, children’s after-school art classes, horticulture, and a variety of other miscellaneous topics tied to the creative process. Visit www.weehawkenarts.org to learn more about our current offerings!
610 Arts Collective: Weehawken operates a gallery space that features area and national artists in the heart of downtown Ridgway. The space is located at 610 Clinton Street, Ridgway and is also the home to the Weehawken Creative Arts administrative and class registration team. (www.610arts.com).
Signature Events: Weehawken also sponsors a variety of art-inspired events that have helped build Ouray County’s reputation as a place where art, artists and art-lovers thrive. • Amateur Sculptor Contest - the contest attracts amateur sculptors as young as 8 from across the Western Slope of Colorado to sculpt two to five pounds of clay into a masterpiece in just two hours; a panel of professional artists determines the winners and awards hefty cash prizes. • Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival – This annual two-day festival comes to Ridgway’s beautiful Hartwell Park every summer on the second weekend of August, showcasing fine arts and original crafts from over 100 talented vendors from across the country. Art demos, free craft activities, great food and libations and family-friendly live entertainment round out the offerings, making this one of the Western Slope’s most highly anticipated art shows of the season. • Gingerbread Houses – Buckets of candy, oodles of frosting, sticky fingers, heaps of smiles, and a kajillion sugar-coated photo ops. That just about sums up our annual gingerbread house decorating event, offered every December to families in Ridgway and Ouray. We consider it a holiday gift to our community! • Sneffels Fiber Fest – More fun than you can shake a knitting needle at! Weehawken is proud to be the umbrella organization sponsoring this great weekend of fun revolving around the fiber arts that comes to the Ouray County 4-H Event Center each September. • The Fete de la Musique - this one-day, free event takes place on Father's Day in downtown Ridgway and features and is a celebration of all genres of music and summer solstice. • The Rally thru the Alley 1k fun run -- this annual event is a fundraiser for Weehawken and the Sherbino and offers the most-fun, straight-up silly fun run you can imagine. Costumes are highly encouraged, several break stations are on the course and it all ends with a free concert in the park.
WEE BUILD BRIDGES At Weehawken Creative Arts, we are especially proud of our ability build bridges that connect our diverse communities through the arts.
Visit one of our dance studios any day of the week, and you will see what we mean! Students come together from Ouray, Ridgway, Montrose, Delta, Silverton and beyond, nurturing friendships outside of school confines and performing together in a supportive environment. Likewise, our signature events offer artists and community members the opportunity to gather from across the Western Slope, enlivening our local culture and economy.
Our numbers tell the tale: Weehawken offers over 300 classes classes each year, while our special cultural events and dance and theater performances typically enjoy at more than 13,000 participants each year. As such, Weehawken Creative Arts manages to impact nearly every citizen in one way or another each year, whether through a class, special event or performance!
What we do is amazing and valuable. We generate enchantment, and add zest and magic to the community we love.
If you are passionate about our communities and believe that arts education has an important role to play in its vitality, please take this opportunity to get involved with Weehawken Creative Arts!
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AddressMontrose Studio/Classrooms - 25 Colorado Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
Office and Gallery: 610 Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
Ridgway Classrooms: 145 Cora Street, Ridgway AND 1075 Sherman Street, Ste 201, Ridgway, CO 81432
Mailing: PO Box 734, Ridgway, CO 81432