COVID-19 and SPACe  
Dear SPACe Friends and Supporters,
What a challenging time for all of us! My heart goes out to all of our supporters and friends across the country and around the world, as we navigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on every aspect of our daily lives. Although we may be having different regional and local experiences as we follow state and city guidelines to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe, I’ve deeply felt the importance of remaining in close contact (virtually) with friends, family, and loved ones no matter how far away they may be. I found this to be a true comfort during this time of crossing uncharted waters.
Each day we are learning more about COVID-19 and how it is impacting the communities where we live and work. As this challenge evolves, we at SPACe continue to monitor and adhere to guidelines from all officials.
SPACe continues to be deeply committed to our work serving our creative communities here in Huerfano and surrounding counties while keeping the safety of our staff, residents,  and patrons as our highest priority. The information below highlights the changes we have implemented until further notice:
SPACe Staff and Board Members
SPACe board and staff continue to focus on supporting the mission of our organization. We are encouraging all residents and tenants to follow recommended practices.
SPACe Venues and Events
We cancelled the La Veta Schools Student Art Show which is a  public event and are following federal, state, and city guidelines. It was scheduled for April 8 – 18, but school has been cancelled until April 17. In addition, The Changing Climate show has been postponed until May, to be shown together with the Artists’ Choice show. We will continue to monitor our building for safety and security concerns. For updates go to or call us at 719-742-3074
While the full impact of this unprecedented challenge is still unknown, we’ve found ourselves turning to the arts for inspiration during this challenging time. Perhaps you have too. I’ve been amazed at the ways artists, arts organizations, and organizations that support the creative sector have pivoted their resources to become an immediate resource to one another, and together they have created a place of compassion and hope. Indeed, working creatively has always been an effective way to bring people in the community together during challenging times in the past as well. I am grateful to live in a world where creativity, connection, and community can still exist as we collectively tackle the ongoing challenge of COVID-19 while physical distancing and following important guidelines.
I feel another difficult aspect of the coronavirus’s impact is that we really don’t know what new information will transpire from day to day. I am hoping that you seek comfort in talking with your friends and family (however you define family) and keep updated with the latest information from reliable sources.
I also gently encourage all of you to consider the individual artists and arts organizations across the country (especially the smaller ones) that have impacted your lives and give support where you are able, as we move through this uncharted territory together.
Thanks to Everyone who cares!
Joel Mathews, Executive Director
Spanish Peaks Arts Council, SPACe Gallery & Gift Shop
Art is a Lifeline!