The Wright Opera House is pleased to announce Wright ED for 2017. This is the Wright’s Third Annual Continuing Education Series. It will be an exciting and informative 6-week lecture series on a variety of area topics: the Utes, the Exploration of the American West, and the Geology of the San Juans (and other areas of interest to the participants).
Introducing our new staff
With the resignation of Chris (we wish him well in his new job) we welcome our two new staff members: Nikki Ticherich as Operations Manager and Alyssa Preston as Events Manager. The division of our work into these two very different tasks has made for a more efficient operation of both.
Our new box office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 to 6.
Our construction status
Perhaps you have noticed, though most of the work is currently out of sight, that our remodeling is well underway. The new chandeliers for our upstairs lobby are in and are a great addition to that space. The work in progress includes: (1) The interior foundation repairs in the lower level. (2) The two back apartments now deconstructed are ready to make into the extended main floor lobby (north one) and the new ADA restrooms, catering prep area, and storage (south one). We are in the final bid stage for the sprinkler system, new electric wiring, and a detailed structural analysis. So thanks to your early generous support, we are well underway! During this construction, our normal events schedule will continue; so please check for them on our website.
Capital campaign update
We have an exciting new challenge and deadline to make you aware of. We can access a $75,000 grant from the Gates Foundation if we raise $1,000,000 toward our total goal of $1,500,000 by November 1st. Their challenge is appropriate and reasonable. We are currently at $885,000 so therefore have a critical $115,000 to go. It is important we make this goal to access this generous grant. We certainly would appreciate your continued help in reaching that important new goal. It is very easy to pledge; simply go to our web site. In meeting that challange, we will then launch into that last third of our Capital Funds Campaign.Support our campaign today!
A gift to the community
A gift to the Wright is a gift to the communities of southwestern Colorado. The San Juan Mountains and the towns of Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton, Durango and Telluride are world-class destinations for anyone seeking natural beauty. Let’s work together to make our cultural offerings rival what nature has provided.
Thank you for being a part of the Wright's success!
The Friends of the Wright Opera House announces the main phase of the renovation and restoration of Ouray County’s historic Wright Opera House. The funding campaign is off to a promising start with $950,000 already contributed and pledged toward the $1.5 million total required. Objectives include making the building safer, stronger, and more able to support itself financially, so it can continue its 129-yr-old mission as a cultural center of Ouray County.