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2020 Highlights

As we start a new year, we’re grateful for your support throughout the crazy ride of 2020. FAC staff moved quickly to adapt and continue providing meaningful cultural experiences in new ways; we have connected with thousands in our community and beyond. Here are a few highlights.

1. FAC Connect launched with streaming access to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

2. Over 30 artists engaged in 3×3 Projects, producing work from isolation. Check out the online exhibit of powerful photography and poetry in Honoring Our Hoods (pictured) and the rest of the projects on FAC Connect (link in bio).

3. The Santos Story reassessed the preservation, curation, and display (or non-display of) the FAC Museum’s collection of santos (religious representations of saints) from New Mexico and southern Colorado.

4. Rocky Mountain Locusts investigates the parallels (both literal and metaphorical) between an 1875 locust swarm that ravaged the Rocky Mountains and the year 2020, including how certain conditions can cause solitary, chill grasshoppers to morph into a crop-destroying cloud of locusts.

5. The FAC Museum team expanded digital access to the collection with new additions to eMuseum, including contemporary Native American prints, collection department picks, regional paintings, and more!

6. In 2020, the FAC Theatre Company created Of Spacious Skies, a 12-episode original audio play series that spans eras and genres. The series was highlighted in the Denver Post and recognized with a 2020 True West Award.

7. Bemis School of Art created online classes, reaching new members of our community.

8. FAC Director Idris Goodwin checked in with local artists in conversations about their work.

9. The museum education team created a new mobile guide and a series of experiences for community learning.

10. Shortly after the stay-at-home order was announced, students from the FAC Youth Repertory Ensemble created a series of projects providing a glimpse into their lives, hopes, and fears. Then, FAC Theatre School went virtual for summer classes. In fall 2020, the Youth Repertory Ensemble created their first ever full-scale virtual musical.