Cultural Commission

"She Aint Heavy" by designer Walt HortonThe Cultural Commission was created to promote cultural arts in Wheat Ridge and foster cultural enrichment and education opportunities for the community.

The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission also:

  • Makes recommendations to the Mayor, City Manager and City Council on matters relating to cultural arts;
  • Develops cultural arts programs and promotes artistic endeavors;
  • Fosters positive relationships with community members and entities interested in supporting cultural arts;
  • Provides a communication forum and is a resource for artists;
  • Seeks community input on the implementation and management of public art and;
  • Assists the City with grant proposal and fundraising activities as directed by the City Manager.

Wheat Ridge Reads

The results of the community survey are in and the book selection for 2020 is Madame Velvet’s Caberet of Oddities by Nancy Stohlman. She will join the community for a reading and discussion on her book in 2020. On January 15 she will be be at Swiss Flower and Gift Cottage and on January 16 at Ye Olde Firehouse. She will also meet with Wheat Ridge High School students that same week. More information about getting a free copy of the book to come.
Wheat Ridge Reads 2021

Wheat Ridge Reads 2020

Wheat Ridge Reads 2019

Wheat Ridge Selects Poet in Residence

In December of 2018, Sharon Heinlen was named the first Wheat Ridge Poet in Residence as part of the celebrations planned for the City’s 50th Anniversary in 2019. Heinlen will create original works of poetry to read at several Wheat Ridge events in 2019. She will also conduct poetry education programs at Wheat Ridge schools in 2020.

Heinlen was selected by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission for her poem “Neighborly Inspiration” as well as several other original poems and for her commitment to the community. An 18-year resident of Wheat Ridge, she is a retired Regis University and University of Denver professor, and has written and performed poetry and music at multiple venues throughout her life.

City Council Poem 2020

Holiday Tree Lighting 2019

Carnation Festival 2019

"Sweet Grass Dance", Anderson Park, Poem

50th Anniversary, Tree City USA, Poem

Anderson Park Dedication Poem

Ridgefest Poem

Other Special Projects

Greetings from Wheat Ridge Campaign

See the "Greetings From Wheat Ridge" slideshow here.

50th Anniversary Signature Quilt

The “Many Colors of Wheat Ridge” signature quilt was created by Cultural Commissioner Milly Nadler in celebration of the City’s 50th Anniversary. Signatures include those of community members and City leaders.

Milly Nadler, signature quilt

Mission Statement
To promote culture and the arts, to oversee public art, and to provide art enrichment opportunities to benefit the residents of the City.

 Wheat Ridge Cultural Vision 2018

Approved Resolution 2018


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