Inclusion at the Lone Tree Arts Center
As a department of the City of Lone Tree, the Lone Tree Arts Center connects our work to the City of Lone Tree 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. With our guiding 6 Big Ideas, the City of Lone Tree sets forth a vision to be a national model in a variety of areas including transportation, economic growth, and public safety. Also included within these 6 Big Ideas is the notion that Lone Tree is a “welcoming, connected, and resilient community” and that we “foster a distinctive and inclusive City.”
This big idea, in combination with “our signature cultural and recreational opportunities,” sets the stage for the Lone Tree Arts Center to create a inclusive and diverse atmosphere by producing and presenting arts experiences that represent a wide range of artists and artforms.
Lone Tree Arts Center Statement of Inclusion
The theater is where we gather to celebrate the many voices that together elevate us through the transformative power of the arts. At the Lone Tree Arts Center, we have always championed diversity by presenting the work of artists of color each and every season. Our commitment to sharing the talents of these remarkable artists has been a hallmark of our work over the past 12 seasons, and will continue to be in the future.
As we remain committed to our mission of producing and presenting remarkable arts experiences, inherent in this work is our responsibility to represent a wide range of cultures and artistic viewpoints including BIPOC artists, people with disabilities and the neurodivergent community, and LGBTQIA+ people.
Originally presented by the Colorado Symphony, the Lone Tree Arts Center is proud to host “In Conversation” – an opportunity for arts leaders of color to discuss where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. By gathering together and sharing candid experiences of artists of color, we have the opportunity to open our minds, experience a wide range of viewpoints, and broaden our horizons.
In this series, an esteemed panel will discuss a broad array of subjects related to artistic representation, actionable steps towards systemic change, and the importance of the arts in making meaningful progress. More than just about representation, this panel focuses on direct, personal stories and perspectives from diverse, living artists. These moments offer us the opportunity to bring our community together and foster social understanding.
In order to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, the Lone Tree Arts Center places a priority on producing and presenting programs that are accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Since opening our doors, the Lone Tree Arts Center is a leader in sensory-friendly access. After producing our first SF show in December of 2013, we saw how much having this outlet and access touched the lives of those who attended. For many, this was the first time they thought it would be “safe” to attend a live performance, having always worried about distracting others or wondering what triggers might exist.
On top of producing and presenting accessible programs, we also offer a variety of accommodations for people to experience our programs. From available ASL interpretation to an installed inductive hearing loop in the Main Stage Theater, we truly believe that the arts are for everyone.