25 N Market St.
Cortez, CO 81321
Our mission is to provide a forum for the community’s educational, cultural, artistic and scientific interests. We are a catalyst for cultural respect, continuity and innovation.
We are a privately funded nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our continued operation depends upon your support. We invite you to become a member of the Cortez Cultural Center today!
The Cortez Cultural Center hosts a variety of programs toward its mission of acting as a forum for our community’s artistic, cultural, educational, and scientific needs. Throughout the year we offer art classes for adults and youth, lectures by on topics ranging from archaeology to historic letters to travelogues. Recent hands-on programs and field trips have included ultralight backpacking, dragonfly walks, archaeoastronomy, plant identification workshops, or harmonica lessons. Many of our programs are available to the public for low or no admission fee.
The Hawkins Preserve, a 122-acre tract of land within the southern city limits of Cortez, was donated to the Colorado University Center of Cortez (now the Cortez Cultural Center) by Mr. Jack Hawkins in the 1990s. Mr. Hawkins was a radio station owner and land developer in Cortez. The Preserve is a valuable asset for the residents and visitors of Cortez because of the environmental setting, the diversity of plant and animal species represented across several biotic communities, the historic and prehistoric cultural resources, and the accessibility of these resources to the Preserve’s visitors.
The Cortez Cultural Center’s Gift Shop features merchandise made by local artisans, including Native American artisans; the selection includes jewelry, pottery, figurines, art, and Southwestern foodstuffs. Our book store highlights children’s and adult books celebrating Southwestern cultures. Many of the books are by local authors.
We offer Native American Dances and Cultural Programs six nights a week beginning Memorial Day weekend and lasting through Labor Day weekend. Dances begin at 7 pm, Cultural Programs start at 8 pm, Monday through Saturday.