610 Arts Collective is the result of two passionate arts organizations working together to create a shared vision of bring arts, enrichment, and Chautauqua style learning to the Ridgway, CO area.
"610", as we call it, is the shared office space of two non-profit organizations: The Ridgway Chautauqua Society (The Sherbino Theater) and Weehawken Creative Arts. These sister organizations, while separate in status and mission, collaborate to offer a range of programs at the theater, the 610 space and other local spaces. In addition to serving as an office space, 610 is graced with an incredible brick and mortar retail space that serves as an exhibition space for local and visiting artists, and a classroom space for programs. Exhibitions typically feature a different artist each month, or a group show such as the 610 Open. In addition to the exhibition space, the 610 Arts Collective holds a "Gallery Shop" with smaller cash & carry offerings from local and visiting artists.
For nearly a decade now, a serious movement has been afoot within Ouray County for arts organizations to cooperate in the areas of event planning, scheduling, marketing, coordination, and event staffing. Willing to lead, Weehawken-RCS/Sherbino took the spirit of collaboration a step further and entered into an Agreement for Collaboration, Cooperation & Cost Sharing (MOU) in the fall of 2014. Now well into our sixth year, Weehawken Creative Arts and the RCS/Sherbino share a staff of three, share office and gallery space as well as administrative systems and equipment, are developing mutually beneficial programming, and are taking advantage of economies-of-scale efficiencies wherever possible.
Ridgway Chautauqua Society
The Ridgway Chautauqua Society owns both The Sherbino at 604 Clinton Street and The 610 Arts Collective at 610 Clinton Street. The two buildings act as a highly-energized anchor in the heart of historic downtown Ridgway. The Sherbino, or the “Sherb” to many locals, is a reference to both the physical spaces as well as all that they embody with regard to creating community. The Ridgway Chautauqua Society is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2012 for the purpose of offering and supporting programs that promote lifelong learning, the arts, culture and community, embody the Chautauqua tradition and advance the creative economic vitality of our region. Our Vision is to "Create a community with abundant access to inspiring art, music and ideas." Go to sherbino.org
Photo: Barry Doyle
Weehawken Creative Arts
At Weehawken Creative Arts, we are in the business of changing lives, nurturing dreams, and helping kids and adults in Ouray County and neighboring communities discover their creative potential through the arts.
We offer transformative, individualized arts education programming led by extraordinary instructors, as well as a variety of art-inspired events. More than that, we offer a place for you to find your very own community of kindred spirits, wherever your artistic passion lies.
Weehawken Creative Arts was founded as a non-profit in 2004. The idea was to actively engage our communities and help them prosper by creating a program that would offer arts education and cultural opportunities for locals and visitors alike. This idea found fertile ground and soon grew from dream to reality in the form of a new nonprofit organization, Weehawken Creative Arts. "Weehawken," a Ute word meaning "eternal spring of life" was the perfect name for an organization that would add life and color to our communities for years to come.
Today, our programs are offered in Ridgway, Ouray, Montrose and Silverton and we regularly draw students from those communities and beyond for both classes and our signature special events.