Leading the Change. 

To the many supporters of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council (SSAC) and the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra (SSO);

We are excited to announce that the SSO is re-establishing itself as it’s own entity and will be independently managing operations and future SSO concert productions. It is our privilege to have fostered this program for the last 3 years of it’s 25 year history in Steamboat. We have worked very hard to deliver a healthy program to the next organization, employing Steamboat musicians and educators as well as regional talent. 
Effective January 1, 2013, Steamboat Springs Arts Council (SSAC) acquired all assets and assumed all liabilities of the SSO. During our tenure, SSAC has endeavored to continue SSO operations, provide exceptional orchestral music and engage the community in multidisciplinary productions. During this time the SSAC: 
  • brought in national guest performers and artists
  • collaborated with poets, photographers, artists and community organizations
  • increased annual attendance by over 100%
  • increased donations by 212%
  • raised the level of musicianship to an all professional orchestra
While we have seen many achievements over the past 3 years, administration for a professional music program such as the SSO requires specialized support staff that is beyond our core capacity.
We are so very proud to have fostered this fine program during a rebuilding phase. We hope that you will continue to attend concerts and support the Orchestra with your donations and business sponsorships. The SSO will be going into a planning phase while refining its strategic plan, re-establishing its non-profit status and preparing innovative new concerts. There will be no September concert but please keep your eye out for a special Holiday Concert.

The SSAC Board and staff are committed to serving our beloved community through the SSAC mission and objectives of advocacy for all arts in the Yampa Valley.

It is our distinct intention to acquire the Creative District designation for the City of Steamboat Springs thereby enriching the economic diversity and advocating for arts and culture on the state level. This designation puts a spotlight on the economic impact of creative industries in rural Colorado and we are working hard to enhance Steamboat Springs' place on the cultural destination map. 

We can’t thank you enough for participating, living creatively and being a member of the Arts Council. We are full of gratitude, excitement and confidence in Steamboat's creative future. 

Sue Oehme, President of the Board and Kim Keith, Executive Director
Steamboat Springs Arts Council