Recognizing the potential to preserve and restore arts and culture in Ouray County by purchasing the historic Wright Opera House, a group of volunteers came together in 2007 and formed the non-profit organization 'Friends of the Wright Opera House'. The vision that followed was nothing short of promoting artistic, cultural and educational opportunities for all by providing a centralized venue for performing arts organizations and by restoring the facility for another century of use.
In 2011, the Friends completed the acquisition of the Wright Opera House thanks to the generosity of the local community and the various foundations that came together and recognized the historical significance of the facility. During this time, the Friends brought new programming and events to Ouray County as an all volunteer board. At the same time, the Friends have worked diligently to define a restoration plan for the Wright Opera House, working with both the Colorado State Historical Society as well as local stakeholders to ensure that the Wright reclaims its place as a premier entertainment venue.
For decades, the Wright Opera House has provided high quality entertainment and culture. With the Friends at the helm and with the continued support from the community, the Wright will exist for many decades to come as a crowning jewel for the City and County of Ouray, providing arts, entertainment and culture for all.
Scott Pankow, President