Artist-in-Residence Program

Your children are one-of-a-kind, and so is the art they make.
That’s why we designed the Artist-in-Residence Program.

What is the Artist-in-Residence Program?

A truly special, exclusive art opportunity. Not only do professional Colorado artists come to work in the Museum and create beautiful art, but visiting guests of all ages contribute and collaborate.

The program is open to artists working in a variety of media, including sculpture, illustration, paints or textiles. Artists set up shop in The Art Studio and work for 2-3 months on a project to install at the Museum. Children and adults alike are invited to be part of this amazing program and witness the impact your creativity can make in the world!

Artist-in-Residence Blog

To share the wonder and joy with you, we created an Artist-in-Residence Blog. Be sure to check it out regularly for cool videos, open studio hours, workshops, interviews with the artists and the collaborated works our artists make with you - Museum guests

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current artist-in-residence: armando silva (artmando)

"Every brush stroke has a rhythm and every color has its voice."

Armando is an action painter who uses movement and color to tell stories. He moved to Colorado from Mexico when he was just five and quickly became familiar with pop culture, everything from Michael Jackson to the current cartoons. He received his degree in Fine Arts in 2010 and now uses his artistic platform to lead, educate and give back.

Next up: 

Our next artist-in-residence is Betony Coons. Be on the look out for her open studio hours, starting in July, and her one-of-a-kind family workshop!

Armando's Open Studio Hours*

Join Armando during his open studio hours in the artist-in-residence studio to pick his brain, collaborate on a piece and get a little (or a lot!) messy.


Wednesday, June 7, 11 am - 2 pm
Friday, June 9, 11 am - 2 pm
Friday, June 16, 11 am - 2 pm
Wednesday, June 21, 3 - 5 pm
Friday, June 23, 11 am - 2 pm


Friday, July 7, 11 am - 2 pm
Friday, July 14, 11 am - 2 pm
Saturday, July 15, 11 am - 2 pm

*Open studio hours are subject to change. 

Fee-Based Workshop: Performance Art

Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 - 7 pm - sold out

Join artist-in-residence, Armando Silva, to create your very own performance painting! Explore rhythm, color and shapes in this high-energy workshop. Get ready for a jumping, dancing, splashing, painting experience like no other!

Please note: Action painting does get messy, dress accordingly!

Closing Reception

Wednesday, July 19, 6 - 7 pm

Join us for a fond farewell to Armando and get a first look at the piece he created just for the Museum.

Works by Armando Silva


Armando and guest during open studio hours

Kia - Cave
El Nopal


  • Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am - 4 pm
  • Wed: 9 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat, Sun: 10 am - 5 pm

Target First Tuesdays
Free Play 4 - 8 pm

Closed certain holidays.


  • Under Age One: Free
  • Age One: $11
  • Ages 2 - 59: $13
  • Seniors (60+): $11
  • Members: Free

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*Event Day Pricing may apply. 


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