The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center creates artistic learning experiences for everyone.
One-of-a-kind, educational, inspirational, inclusive… the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center fits all these descriptions and more. Pledging art for all, this beautiful facility has held hands with arts education in Southern Colorado since 1972 and never let go. This is a multi-disciplinary center for the arts located in Pueblo and serves 17 surrounding counties. As an organization, the Arts Center encourages people to bring out the best in others through high-quality art exhibitions, performing arts, dance arts, an award-winning children’s museum, comprehensive arts educational programming, and an artistic space for meetings, performances and events. The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center and Buell Children's Museum are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
In 1972, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center opened its doors with funding provided through a match between the federal Economic Development Agency and Pueblo County. In the past 44 years, we have enjoyed great success in achieving our mission, and have seen phenomenal growth in the process. The original two-building complex housed a single gallery, a 500-seat theater, studio/classroom spaces, a dance studio and a conference/banquet facility. In 1982, we completed our first expansion, funded by Puebloan Helen T. White, adding three galleries, a gift shop and a small children’s museum. The latest expansion resulted in our wonderful Buell Children’s Museum and Jackson Sculpture Garden. The Buell Children’s Museum offers 7,500 square feet of interactive gallery space, a theater, a café and a gift shop. From an original staff of three and a budget under $100,000, the Arts Center now employs 23 full-time and 34 part-time employees—as well as 60 class instructors and 125 volunteers who work in many capacities—and has an annual budget of over $2 million. With the progressive addition of over 24,000 square feet to our original 65,500, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center is now a stunning three-building complex, offering all of the arts for all of Southern Colorado.
The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center believes in being open when YOU can visit. That means, we are open for most school and government holidays.
Below is a schedule of 2017 holidays which the Arts Center, including the Buell Children's Museum and Helen T. White Galleries, is open:
Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 20 for Presidents' Day
Sunday, April 16 for Easter
Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day
Tuesday, August 1 for Colorado Day
Monday, September 4 for Labor Day
Friday, November 24 for Day after Thanksgiving
Free days during 2017 are February 12, April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8, and December 10. Sunday hours of operation are 11 am - 4 pm unless otherwise noted. If an individual or business is interested in providing community access to the Arts Center through sponsorship of a day, please call (719) 295-7200 ext. 7235. More about Free Days.
Pueblo has a booming Creative Corridor which participates in First Friday Art Walks on the first Friday of the month. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center offers free access to the seven fine art galleries inside the Helen T. White Building from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. During these nights, visitors are invited on a self-guided tour of the art galleries, restaurants, and businesses located within the Creative Corridor in Downtown pueblo. Events on these nights celebrate the culture that makes Pueblo so special - and one of only 12 certified creative districts in Colorado
Free days during First Friday Art Walks in 2017 are February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center takes a three month summer break from First Friday Art Walks in order to host its anniversary gala and Festival Fridays.