The Morgan Community College Center for Arts and Community Enrichment started in 2011. It operates as a program of the college and sponsors culturally enriching experiences throughout the communities served by MCC. The mission of CACE is to enhance the quality of lives through artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual activities. CACE has a committee structure with members from both the college and the community. The committees identify possible speakers, artists and musical groups that might fulfill the program’s mission. Thanks to generous donations from the community, CACE events are free and open to the public. Each summer CACE publishes its calendar of events, listing fifteen to twenty events offered during the year. CACE welcomes new committee members at any time. Interested community members should contact the CACE Coordinator at 970-542-3180.
For more information about CACE please contact:
Suzanna Spears, CACE Coordinator at 970-542-3180, or email@example.com.
If you would like to drop us a line, please send mail to:
Morgan Community College
Center for Arts and Community Enrichment
300 Main Street
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Gallery of Fine Art
Fort Morgan Area Chamber Art Show and Sale
Artists’ Reception: December 3, 4-7 PM
January 21 – February 25
Reflections in Nature: Paintings by Christopher Nuernberger
Artist Reception: January 21, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
March 11 – April 1
Best of the Best Student Art Show
Opening Reception and Awards: March 11, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
April 15 – May 29
Month of the Young Child Mixed Media Exhibit
Artists’ Reception: April 15, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
May 20 – June 17
Traveling and Adventuring Through Photography by Jeremy Janus
Artist Reception: May 20, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Call for 2021-2022 Entries
The CACE Gallery of Fine Art has a current call for entries for the 2021-22 season. Interested artist applicants can find that call on www.callforentry.org. On that site, which is a free resource for artists, search for CACE Gallery or Fort Morgan. Creating an account with CaFE will provide you with notices about exhibits, application processes, and other useful information.
This link takes you directly to the CACE Gallery of Fine Art current call that will close April 5, 2021.
The MCC Jazz Ensemble and MCC Jazz Combo perform jazz music for audiences around Northeast Colorado and beyond.
- The 18 piece MCC Jazz Ensemble big band performs Swing, Latin Jazz, Fusion, and other big band styles
- The 5 piece MCC Jazz Combo focuses on jazz standards from Bebop to vocal music
The MCC Jazz Ensemble and MCC Jazz Combo have performed around the state of Colorado at:
- The Colorado State Capitol
- The Glenn Miller Swing Fest in Fort Morgan
- Christmas on the Corridor in Bennett
- Big band festivals in Greeley and Estes Park
- MCC Commencement
- Annual Spring and Fall concerts in Fort Morgan
The band has performed alongside some of the finest jazz artists in the state including the Air Force Falconaires and Denver vocal soloist Donna Wickham and has done several audio and video recordings including a 2020 video of the world premiere of Glenn Miller Strut by ASCAP Herb Alpert Award winner Elliott Turner.
Enjoy the band’s music below and use the tabs above for more information or to find out how to join!
The ensemble’s influence has extended well beyond the borders of Morgan County. In August 2009, the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), through the University of Texas, published an article highlighting the community partnership aspect of the project in its national publication “Innovation Abstracts.” Following this, the Association of Community College Business Officers, at a national conference in Palm Springs, selected the project to receive a first-place award for innovation that came with a check for an MCC music scholarship. The CD itself has reached thousands of listeners through playtime on NPR affiliates and radio stations as far away as Hawaii.
In the last several years, the 18 piece MCC Jazz Ensemble and 5 piece MCC Jazz Combo have expanded local membership in the group and worked to support the growing musical community in Morgan County and beyond. The group has collaborated with various musicians and composers including the Air Force Falconaires and Denver vocal soloist Donna Wickham. In 2019, the MCC Jazz Ensemble big band collaborated with ASCAP Herb Alpert Award-winning composer Elliott Turner for the world premiere performance of his composition Glenn Miller Strut.
The jazz ensemble was the subject of a 2020 Fort Morgan Times article entitled MCC Jazz Ensemble Maintains and Reconstructs Tradition.
Are you interested in joining the MCC Jazz Ensemble?
The group accepts higher education students, experienced high school students, and community members with prior experience on a jazz big band instrument (saxophones, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drum set, and percussion). Participation is free since the cost of attendance is currently covered by scholarship!
Interested musicians should contact director Nick Booker to set up a time to sit in with the band:
For more information, contact director Nicholas Booker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 427-4046.
Home Grown: The Music of Glenn Miller
MCC Jazz Ensemble Inaugural Concert
Suggested donation: $20.00
Fort Morgan Soundscape:
A Commemorative Musical Collection
Suggested donation: $20.00
January 16, 6:30 – 8 pm
Learning from Indigenous Peoples Around the World, Author Jan Reynolds
East Morgan County Library | 500 Clayton St., Brush
Writers Workshop with Amy Irvine
3 – 4 pm
Morgan Community College | 920 Barlow Rd., Fort Morgan
Readings from Desert Cabal and Other Writings by Amy Irvine
Morgan Community College | 920 Barlow Rd., Fort Morgan | Room TBA
February 20, 7 PM (CANCELLED – Will be rescheduled for a later date)
Avourneen – An Irish Trio
Christ Congregational Church | 730 Ensign St., Fort Morgan
Third Thursday Art Walk
Every third Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Downtown Fort Morgan
If you are a local artist interested in displaying your art during an Art Walk, contact the CACE Coordinator at 970-542-3180, or Suzanna.Spears@morgancc.edu.
Continuous CACE Partners
Dr. Jarrold & Sue Schaefer
Ed & Mary Zorn
Golden Belt Bank – Excellence in Business Series Endowment
Fort Morgan and Sterling Federal Credit Union
Mike & Connie Schingle
Williams Family Foundation
Morgan County Tourism
Jim & Suzanna Spears
Banner Health/East Morgan County Hospital
Dr. Curt Freed and Family
Ron & Vicki Edwards
Hodgson Media: Gary & Sue Hodgson
Mark & Suzanne Christensen
Roger & Susan Schaefer
Colorado Plains Medical Center
Brian & April Amack
Sandy & Denny Engle
Vernon & Ruth Tryon
Fort Morgan Times
Media Logic Radio
Northeast Colorado Broadcasting