Yesterday, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
posted the following statement on its website:
Statement from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College
January 21, 2016
The president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, David Dahlin, and the president of Colorado College, Jill Tiefenthaler, announced on Thursday, January 21 that the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College have entered into substantive conversations about the possibility of forging a future together. The organizations began discussing the potential synergies after being approached by members of the community who are longtime supporters of arts and culture. The two institutions share a long history and have collaborated in both formal and informal ways since the founding of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1919.
The boards and senior leadership of both institutions are involved in a process of determining if, by joining forces, both institutions would better be able to fulfill their respective missions. Leaders of both institutions are optimistic about the potential, and are approaching these discussions diligently and thoughtfully. At this time, no official decisions have been made other than to continue these conversations and explore the possibilities.
Further information will be provided as it is available.
I received a call later from executive director of advancement Erin Hannan
, directing me to the statement and confirming that there are no further details at this time.
The two institutions have been close allies in the past. One example of that relationship is when the FAC gifted CC most of its library collection
a couple years ago, including around 6,000 of FAC co-founder Alice Bemis Taylor's books.
As noted in a CC Bulletin posting, the Bemis family has a "deep-rooted legacy
" at Colorado College.