Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture 2018 Grant Program Opens

With the approval of the 2018 City budget, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture has opened the 2018 art grant program.

A total of $40,000 is available to Colorado non-profit agencies for arts and cultural projects that are held in Mesa County. The process opens December 7th and closes February 2nd at 5:00pm. The Arts Commission will hold two identical trainings for agencies that would like a little more guidance on the process. Trainings will be held at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1340 Gunnison Ave. on December 13th at 10:00am or January 10th at 3:00pm. 

Since 1992, the Arts Commission has provided funding for arts and culture in Mesa County, with a brief hiatus in 2016, contributing to the rich cultural fabric of our community. The Commission on Arts and Culture is an eleven-member board appointed by the City Council to foster cultural development and arts activities in the community.

For more information on the grant program and to get the application, please visit our website at and click on the grants tab.

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

Champion of the Arts Award Winner Announced

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is proud to announce that KAFM Public Radio is the recipient of the 2017 Champion of the Arts Award.

KAFM is the only local community radio station in Grand Junction (one of less than 200 in the entire country) providing both eclectic music programming and special interest talk shows to listeners in the Grand Valley and beyond since 1999. Now streaming across the nation and in eight foreign countries, KAFM is powered by over 250 volunteers, including the corps of talented and vibrant programmers you hear on-the-air daily. These are your friends, neighbors, and partners, making KAFM truly “community powered” radio.

KAFM is a member-supported, volunteer-oriented community radio station dedicated to excellence and diversity in musical, cultural and public service programming. KAFM fills a vital role in the Grand Valley of Western Colorado as an accessible forum for the presentation of music, arts, culture and information by and for the local community.

KAFM’s consistent commitment to support and promote the arts is exemplified in the many projects the radio station is involved in. Beyond Radio, conceived in January of 2008, built on KAFM’s reputation of offering quality yet unusual artistic presentations otherwise unavailable. Held in the Radio Room, the community can experience live concerts, radio theatre, poetry readings, movies, lectures, and other educational presentations in a cozy 75 seat venue.

Collaborations with local theatrical groups in producing plays, musicals, and acts that are rehearsed, performed and recorded at the KAFM studios are many. KAFM provides the space, equipment, and stage at the Radio Room in their studio location for such programs as the Chautauqua Performance of Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Curie and John Otto.

The Gallery at the Radio Room features an ongoing exhibit of local works in every medium throughout the year. Annually, KAFM hosts an auction/fundraiser of said art works with 60% going to the artists and a portion of art sales benefiting KAFM Community Radio.

More than 200 nonprofits in the Grand Valley have taken advantage of opportunity to bring their information to the community via the Community Affairs show. With a small but mighty staff of four and a volunteer staff of over 200, KAFM is committed to community, creativity and innovation, teamwork, accountability, initiative, and passion.

As the award, the Arts Commission has purchased Gilded Galaxy, by Pavia Justinian, a talented Grand Valley artist. The artwork will be presented to KAFM at the Grand Junction Centennial Band’s Holiday Extravaganza at the Avalon Theatre on Sunday, December 3. KAFM will be introduced to City Council at the regular meeting on January 17, 2018. The Arts Commission wishes to congratulate KAFM for this honor and thanks Terry Doherty for the nomination.

The Arts Commission is an eleven-member board appointed by City Council to create a climate where arts and culture can thrive and grow in the Grand Valley. Annually in October, the Arts Commission seeks nominations from the community for this special recognition.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator

Pumpkins at Dark at Canyon View Park

The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is putting on the 3rd Annual Pumpkins at Dark at Canyon View Park presented by Grand Junction Volkswagen! This holiday event for families and kids of all ages features more activities than you can count!

  • What’s happening: Various Halloween-themed attractions and entertainment including: Unifirst Mortgage Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt, science experiments with the John McConnell Math & Science Center, Girls Scouts of Mesa County pumpkin bowling, face painting, hayrides, and over a dozen games! Attendees are encouraged to dress up. Kids participating in the Pumpkin Hunt should bring a flashlight.
  • Who’s Welcome: Everyone. FREE admission for all-ages! A great family event.
  • When: Friday, October 20th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Canyon View Park Softball Complex, Grand Junction
  • What Else: Concession will be available for purchase.

Last year, hundreds of people flocked to this event. Grand Junction Parks and Recreation staff have been working hard to make this year’s event a really special night for families.

We want to thank our partners: Grand Junction Volkswagen, Unifirst Mortgage, Magic 93.1, Ruby Canyon Dental, Girl Scouts of Mesa County, Wendy’s, Absolute Dance, Barnes & Noble, and Pine Country Truck & Trailer. Without community participation we could not put on this fun and FREE event that benefits Grand Valley residents!

For more information or questions, please contact:
Tina Ross, Recreation Coordinator


Craftsmen Chair Auction Will Benefit Suicide Prevention Alliance

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation, the Forestry Department and the City of Grand Junction Community Outreach Committee will be hosting a Craftsmen Chair Auction on September 14th at the Downtown Farmers Market. “A chair can be unique as the person who sits in it” was the inspiration behind this fundraiser. A collection of truly unique pieces will be on display from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and all proceeds will be donated to the Suicide Prevention Alliance. This event co-hosted by The Suicide Prevention Alliance and MJ Thomas Photography.

To stay up to date on the auction items watch the Community Outreach Facebook page for photos of some of the chairs available at this year’s event.

For more information, please contact:
Emily Krause, Recreation Supervisor