CARnival of ART to Make Debut this Weekend

Carnival of Art Flyer

The Grand Valley’s first ever pop-up gallery, CARnival of ART, will take place on Saturday, October 6th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm at the Grand Junction Subaru Showroom, 651 Market Street. The public is invited to visit Subaru and peruse local artisan’s booths for original, one of a kind treasures to take home. This free event showcases 20 local artists, half of which are participating in the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour on October 13th and 14th. Visit for more information on the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour.

CARnival of ART and the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour are supported by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, The Fruita Arts and Culture Board, Palisade Art Vision and The Arts Center.

For more information, contact Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or

Two Local Artists Chosen for Electric Art Project

Electric Art Winners Photo PSA

Congratulations are in order for two local artists, Danya Aletebi and Rainbow Byson, who have been commissioned for a new public art project. Known as Electric Art, this public art project is presented by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture and Downtown Grand Junction. City owned traffic signal boxes, or TSB’s, located on 4th Street and Main Street as well as 5th Street and Main Street, will be transformed into beautiful murals over the Downtown Art Festival weekend.

The public is invited to watch them in action during the evening of First Friday on October 5th and during the day Saturday, October 6th at the Downtown Art Festival. Electric Art is designed to beautify city streetscapes, enhance community pride, add more public art, and provide new, paid opportunities for artists.

According to the 2017 Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report published by the Americans for the Arts, the non-profit arts and culture sector generated $17.3 million in total economic activity in Grand Junction, proving that arts and culture play a significant role in our local economy. Public art enhances community culture and provides a richer experience for people living here and visiting our community.

Join us in Grand Junction on October 5th and 6th to share in our cultural pride and celebrate Electric Art at the Downtown Arts Festival.

Contact Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator   970-254-3876 or

Parks and Recreation Prepares for 18th Annual Senior Games


Grand Junction Parks and Recreation is hosting the 18th Annual Western Colorado Senior Games, August 20-26, 2018. This week long athletic competition is open to participants aged 50+ and has 58 events to participate in. Senior Games is designed to bring our 50+ community together in a jovial and healthy manner, which benefits all who attend. The media is invited to any of the following events:

Senior Games Activity Table 2018

For more information on this event, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator

Please note all media inquiries will need to take place after August 14, 2018.

Canyon View Park to Undergo Playground Repairs

CVP PSA 2018

The playground at Canyon View Park will be closed for protective surfacing repairs starting on Monday, July 16, 2018 and will reopen Thursday, July 19, 2018 when all repairs are completed.

The repairs being made to the Canyon View Playground will require sections of the playground to be shut down while crews remove damaged sections and the installation of new surfacing. The new protective surfacing will require no activity on the repaired sections for 72 hours once installed. Please help protect the new surfacing by staying off until all temporary fencing has been removed from the playground.

We encourage families to utilize other playgrounds throughout the Parks Department during the closure to allow proper curing time for the repaired sections of the playground. You can find other parks and playgrounds throughout the City listed at

For more information regarding the project, contact Marc Mancuso.
Marc Mancuso
Parks Supervisor
(970) 254-3850

4th Annual Take Part in Art Free Expo

Take Part in Art LogoThe public is invited to explore the different arts and cultural organizations in the Grand Valley at the 4th Annual Take Part In Art Expo. This free event on Saturday, June 16 is from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Barn. Discover your creative side and how you can get involved. Get your Passport to Fun at the event and win arts related prizes. There will be information, demonstrations, performances, and hands on activities for kids of all ages!

The performance schedule is as follows:
Colorado West Aerial Art – aerial arts           9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Operation Revamp – musical acts                  9:55 a.m.  – 10:10 a.m.
Shining Stars – kids piano & voice                 10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
The Theatre Project – kids theatre                 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sweet Adelines – singing                                  11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Revolution Dance – kids dance                       11:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

This event is sponsored by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture which is a nine-member advisory board appointed by City Council. For more information on Take Part in Art, please contact:

Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator

Downtown Ambassador Program Kicks Off

DT Ambassadors Final

The 2nd year of the Downtown Ambassador program began this past Tuesday on Main Street. Run by the Parks and Recreation department, volunteer ambassadors are present to provide information and a friendly face in the downtown corridor.

Ambassadors are on the street Tuesday – Saturday at 5th and Main by the big bike. “This year we decided to try a more central location to see if it was easier to provide assistance to folks, rather than walking up and down the street,” stated Lorie Gregor, the program’s director.

The Downtown Ambassador program runs through Labor Day. Helping to make downtown a better place, ambassadors act as the eyes and ears for the City to assist the Police Department, Visit Grand Junction, the Downtown Development Authority and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Last year 13 volunteers gave 661.5 hours to the program and had 5560 interactions with folks on the street. There were visitors from China, England, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and all over the US.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information regarding the Downtown Ambassador program, please contact:

Lorie Gregor

Kids to Parks Day at Hawthorne Park

Kids in Parks Day 2018 - PSA Photo

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department and the Grand Junction Forestry Board will celebrate Kids to Parks Day on May 19 at Hawthorne Park from 9:00am – 11:00am.

This national day of play, celebrated every third Saturday of May, connects kids and families with their local parks and helps community members to embrace their role as park stewards.

This year’s inaugural event will be held at Hawthorne Park, one of Grand Junction’s oldest parks. Many of the park’s trees have declined in health recently, so much so, eight of them have been removed.  A new design of the southwest corner of the park along with new cultural and irrigation practices will support more opportunities for increased neighborhood and community use.

The community is invited to help plant 15 – 20 new trees to support the park’s new design. Bring gloves and shovels if you have them! Light refreshments will be served, and Einstein Bros. will be providing bagels. Mesa County Library District’s Bike Library will also be on hand for book breaks.

For additional information about the event, please contact:
Traci Wieland