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Oct 26

Meet Our Department: Cultural

Posted on October 26, 2020 at 10:50 AM by Ryne Dittmer

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Main office and contact information:

Address: PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave.
Phone: 303.805.6800
Parker Arts Webpage
Social Media Accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube 

Number of employees: 17 full-time and 50 part-time staff

Longest serving employee and years on staff: Suzanne Velasquez, Cultural Facility Specialist – 17 years

Department overview:
We oversee the programming for the following venues and facilities:
The Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center: A state-of-the-art facility built in 2011, offering the best of touring acts as well as local performances, exhibits and educational programs. The PACE Center is home to a 536-seat Mainstage theater, 3,000-square-foot event room, art gallery, dance studio, teaching culinary kitchen, four multi-use classrooms, and unique interactive musical outdoor playground called Harmony Park. The perfect rental venue, PACE also hosts weddings, fundraisers, meetings and other events. 

The Schoolhouse: Originally opened in 1915 as the Parker School House, The Schoolhouse now serves as an important hub for community-based cultural performances, classes and exhibits. With a 200-seat theater, a dance studio, event space, and classrooms, The Schoolhouse hosts plays, concerts, children’s performances, recitals and art classes. Space is also available for public rental. 

Ruth Memorial Chapel: Located next door to The Schoolhouse, this chapel was built in 1912 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This charming and intimate venue has seating for 70 and is the perfect place for small weddings or casual meetings. 

Discovery Park: During the summer months, this multi-purpose location is home to the Discovery Park Summer Concert Series, consisting of free concerts featuring well-known local bands. These family-friendly events are the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.

Department divisions:
The Cultural Department is led by Acting Cultural Director, Carrie Glassburn. She oversees the following divisions:

Communications: This division includes marketing (advertising, branding); community outreach (community events, volunteer program); development (membership, sponsorship, donations, grants); and Patron Services (Box Office, House Leads, Ushers, and Volunteers).

Operations: This division is led by Denise Zoglmann, and includes facilities coordination (events planning, facilities upkeep); food and beverage; art gallery management; education (classes, camps, school programs, Adult Lecture series), production (technical crew), and general operations of our venues.

Programming: Booking of the Parker Arts presented season shows, which consist of local, regional and national acts.

How does this department impact daily life for Parker residents?
Parker Arts enhances local economic vitality and quality of life by offering unique gathering spaces and providing access to a wide variety of high-quality performances, exhibits, and educational programs in arts, culture, history, and science.

What is the most common question received by this department and what is the answer?
“What’s coming up that I’d like?” Our answer is always, “We have a little something for everyone.” With a variety of dance, popular music, theater, jazz, comedy, and kids programming, that really is true!

What would residents be surprised to learn about this department?
In any given year, Parker Arts presents about 150 performances, serves close to 5,000 students at school matinees, hosts up to 6,000 rental events in our facilities, and offers 514 classes to nearly 3,500 students.

How can residents get involved with Parker Arts?
There are many opportunities to get involved and support local arts and culture through making a contribution to Parker Arts and its initiatives, becoming a Family Circle Member or business sponsor, volunteering or donating to one of our many educational programs. To learn more about getting involved with Parker Arts, visit

Additionally, the Cultural and Scientific Commission serves as an advisory and support group for the Town of Parker Cultural Department. The Commission's mission is to foster, implement and participate in providing opportunities for the cultural and scientific experiences for the community of Parker. Members also advise on cultural planning for the Town and make recommendations regarding cultural and scientific issues, including the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) grant. Members are appointed by the Town Council and serve for a period of one or two years. For more information or to contact Commission members, please email

What else should residents know about this department?
We offer a wide variety of free and low-cost programming for senior citizens. We have volunteer opportunities, free adult lectures, reduced-priced daytime matinees, and senior dancing, art, and theater classes as well.