115 Ute Street | PO Box 414 | Ignacio, CO 81137
Call us at (970) 563-4600 or e-mail us at: info@DancingSpiritCommunityArtsCenter.org
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



* Provide a community arts center that enhances creativity and fellowship;

* Promote the education, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts; and

* Celebrate the cultural heritage of our diverse population. 


Dancing Spirit provides therapeutic arts programming and workshop, gathering, and gallery spaces that support the needs of the largely at-risk youth and their families in our expansive service area of more than 5,000 square miles in three rural southwestern Colorado counties (La Plata, Archuleta, and Montezuma).

In 2014, we served some 1,000 youth and their families through year-round workshops, shows, special events, and other well-attended public gatherings and we provided ongoing support for the work of other community agencies and civic groups.

Located in Beautiful

Ignacio, Colorado

© Copyright 2015 Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center. All Rights Reserved. Photo credits © copyright 2014 Tammy Jenkins & © copyright 2014 Katrina Jameson.

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We have 5,000 square feet of gallery, studio, and performing space where we offer opportunities to celebrate and explore the diverse cultural traditions of Ignacio and the surrounding communities. And we work locally in schools and collaboratively with other area agencies to serve community members of all ages.

In 2014, in collaboration with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Dancing Spirit secured a three-year Department of Justice grant funding the Center’s Building Bridges through Art program. Building Bridges is now serving students through free therapeutic art sessions, open to all students in the Ignacio School District, Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students, and students participating in the Tribe’s Boys and Girls Club educational programs.


 Dancing Spirit works with local leaders to devise and implement programs that support the social structure and organizational capacities of Ignacio, area residents, and the Tribe as a whole.

Our work benefits:

* Youth through peer and adult mentorships that foster critical life skills.
* Families through supervised programming that supports kids in and out of school.
* Schools through programming that is proven to increase academic achievement and decrease high risk behaviors.
* Community through stronger ties and shared values building.


 Dancing  Spirit is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary - possible only through the generosity and dedication of our volunteers and members who donate 10,000 hours each year, worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars annually! Download a Volunteer/Member Form to connect with us.

Dancing Spirit is a Colorado non-profit, which earned its 501(c)3 status in 2014. Now our membership and volunteer involvement will encourage even more support for the Center to make sure our work continues.

Our volunteers: staff the gallery; set up and oversee reception and other event preparations; provide clerical, cleaning, and maintenance services;  serve on important Center committees (membership, finance, marketing , exhibits, events, fundraising) and serve on the Center's board.

All donors and volunteers are publicly acknowledged unless they wish otherwise. Donors contributing above the basic membership levels receive discounts on facility rental costs and class registrations.