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We need your help 

Impacting the arts in Western Colorado

Colorado Mesa University and the State of Colorado are investing in the future of performing arts in western Colorado by prioritizing the building of a new state-of-the-art theatre. The Colorado Joint Budget Committee, the General Assembly and Governor Polis approved $39 million for the project. CMU will invest an additional $5 million.

We need your help to raise the additional funds that will allow us to build a truly transformative theatre on par with front range facilities and establish CMU as a regional cultural destination.

The Numbers

$39.5M State Funding + $5.5M CMU Capital Funds + $8M Capital Campaign = $53M Project


Donation Options

Legacy Circle

Under $500 to $100,0000

A tiered donation option starting with website recognition up to season tickets and more.

Founder's Circle

$100,000 to $6 million

Donate to the Founder's Circle for naming rights, VIP ticketing and parking to all performing arts events.

Make a donation online

Or you can call the Colorado Mesa University Foundation at 970.248.1902

Our Supporters

To join these organizations by pledging your support to CMU’s Setting the Stage initiative, email Communications and Market Development Manager Laura Bradley.


A tale of two Colorados 

Addressing the urban-rural divide

Urban areas such as the Denver metro area are dense with organizations focused on the arts. However, our rural communities are cultural deserts when it comes to the amenities so common in densely populated urban areas. It’s no wonder the urban-rural divide exists so strongly. Investing in the arts in our rural communities has never been more critical to bridging divides and building a better future.

The map provided shows the urban-rural divide in Colorado, in which most performing arts centers are located along the I-25 corridor.

The power of the arts

Some say our country has never been more divided, whether through race, gender or politics. Throughout history, the arts have served as our conscience, helping all of us tackle difficult issues in creative ways and to provide shared experiences that bring us closer to each other. Our ability to connect with each other grows when we experience collective emotion through the arts.

Nothing brings us together like witnessing the growth of talented young artists and CMU is cultivating some of the top talent in the industry. The Open Studio Series showcases the artistry of CMU’s music and theatre students and faculty. Enjoy the series and support this initiative by giving what you can.


An Iconic Project 


Rebuild Benefits 

The Ripple Effect

Cultivating talent

Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist and CMU alumnus, Kalani Pe'a, uses his talents to harness the power of the arts.