Welcome to 40 West Arts

40 West Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is all about the arts—arts of all kind—and the energy and inspiration of creativity. 40 West Arts is a Colorado Certified Creative Arts District with a dozen galleries (and growing), multiple performing arts venues, more than 20 public art installations, and a variety of restaurants, cafés, diners, and pubs. 40 West Arts also operates a gallery that serves as a creative hub for its 100+ artist members and a gathering place for the community.

40 West Arts is focused on delivering direct, positive impact to help catalyze the resurgence of the West Colfax Corridor—the historic heart of Lakewood—through arts & culture and the energy of creative enterprises. (Read more at About.)

Watch a video featuring Bill Marino, chairman of 40 West Arts, to learn more about how 40 West is helping to transform West Colfax. And read this Denver Business Journal article to learn more about how creative districts are revitalizing communities throughout Colorado.

Congratulations to 40 West Arts & Bill Marino!
Bill Marino, chairman of 40W was honored with the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) at the Business for the Arts Awards luncheon, hosting over 700 people in March, 2015. This award was presented to Bill Marino for his influence in the creation and development of the Lakewood–West Colfax creative corridor and of 40 West Arts. This signature Colorado event began nearly thirty years ago as a way to salute exemplary arts and business partnerships across Colorado. This is an incredible accomplishment for 40 West Arts. Congratulations to Bill Marino and every volunteer who has supported 40 West along the way. We look forward to what is on the horizon!

Top Stories

"Art of the Wheel" Art Exhibition Kicked Off on July 29
This August, the "Art of the Wheel" exhibition is a month long show celebrating our transportation corridor history and its future. This show will expand upon the interest and range displayed at the 2014 Hubcap Art Show. Learn More...

Art of the Wheel Exhibition Dates:
-July 29 – August 29
-Saturday, August 8th, 2015: open 12-6pm; Extra hours at the gallery in conjunction with West Colfax MuralFest, occurring ½ block adjacent.

We Have Affordable Studio Space Available Now! - 40 West Studios
40 West Studios provides affordable studio space for active, entrepreneurial creatives in 40 West Arts District. There are 15 creative suites available (individual or shared) and 3 workshops with garage door access, starting at approximately 250 sq ft and up, with monthly rents starting at $315/per month. Call 303.275.3430 or email studios@40westarts.org for more details. Learn more or complete the online application. 

Watch the Video: Lakewood City Council Member, Cindy Baroway, Describes the Incredible Revitalization Along Historic West Colfax
Watch this video featuring Lakewood City Council Member, Cindy Baroway, where she describes the incredible revitalization happening along historic West Colfax.Cindy highlights the state-certified creative district 40 West Arts as well as many of it partners, supporters and upcoming events such as MuralFest on August 8, 2015.

August 8: 1st Annual MuralFest - Mark Your Calendar!
Looking for a unique outdoor art experience with top-notch, free family entertainment, great food, and some of the best music in town? One word: MuralFest. Along with one-of-a-kind murals, hands-on creative activities for all ages and a variety of talented art exhibitors, don't miss the incredible line-up of bands playing everything from high-energy modern rock and smart rap, to salsa and Latin jazz, to reggae and world dance. The festival will feature many exhibitors who will display/sell their work as well as share their business.
We hope to see you on August 8. Learn more.

FARMCAD Summer Market at RMCAD August 15 from 10am-2pm
On the beautiful and historic campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (1600 Pierce Street in Lakewood), this summer market will be held August 15 and September 12 from 10am-2pm. Come enjoy food trucks, pop-up arts & crafts boutiques, and farm-fresh produce. Bring your family and friends for a stroll through creative booths in a charming outdoor environment. Don't miss this market! More details at www.FARMCAD.net

Two 40 West Creatives Featured on Season 3 of Beyond the Gallery

Wendy Scheck and Kevin Yoshida, have been chosen by Infusion5 to be featured on Season Three of Beyond the Gallery, a video series showcasing amazing Colorado artists and creatives. Wendy's showcase kicked off on Tues., May 12, watch Wendy's showcase here. Kevin's showcase kicked off on Tues., June 9, watch it here. Learn more.

WE DID IT!! The Artspace Proposal Was Approved by City Council

On April 13, City Council chambers erupted in applause when the votes were cast. Artspace was approved by a unanimous vote. Thank you so very much to everyone who supported this effort. We will certainly share more information about Artspace and the pre-development process as it unfolds. In the meantime, we can revel in the fact that Artspace has 39 projects across the country—and that once they reach a pre-development agreement with a partner, they have ALWAYS delivered a project.  They are 39 for 39—a 100% success rate. Spread the word—Artspace is coming to Lakewood! Learn more about Artspace

A Colorado Certified Creative District

40 West Arts was selected as one of twelve Colorado Certified Creative Districts in 2014. The award brings both recognition and resources to implement programs that strengthen the arts locally and elevate the profile of Lakewood as an arts destination. Learn more about what it means to be a Colorado Certified Creative District.

As a Colorado Certified Creative District, 40 West Arts is supported by grants from our partners at Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation. Enjoy the arts through the Colorado Creative Industries video series Beyond the Gallery.

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2015 Exhibitions - Group Shows
Feb/March -
The Four Seasons of Colfax 

May/June - Wonders of Nature

July/Aug - Art of the Wheel - Details

Oct/Nov - Farm to Table - Call for Entry

Nov/Dec - Black & White (all mediums) + Metal - Call for Entry

Gallery Hours: (during exhibitions) Tuesday – Saturday from 1-4pm, plus bonus hours during opening receptions. NOTE: No Saturday hours during weekends

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What People Are Saying...

"What an inspiration to the community! The 40 West Arts team has created a renewed energy for this historic sector of our community. I look forward to our continued collaboration—and to see how much more 40 West Arts can accomplish."
—Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy

"I opened my gallery here to be a part of the 40 West Arts community. I couldn’t be happier with the progress and the people moving 40 West forward."
—Judy Cybuch, 40W Member & Owner of The Everything Gallery

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Website photography by 40 West Arts Member and Artist, Richard Eversley.