Center for Arts and Community Enrichment
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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 all 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.
Gallery of Fine Art
300 Main St. | Fort Morgan, CO
by Pat Samples-Ehrlich
September 16 – October 21
Veterans Art Exhibit
Artist Reception: September 16, 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 email@example.com 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
Are you an author or speaker?
Would you like to make a presentation or hold a workshop?
Contact Suzanna Spears at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 542-3180
October 10, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
4th Infantry Division Band: Elevating Brass
FMHS Glenn Miller Auditoriun | 709 E Riverview Ave, Fort Morgan, CO 80701
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
Golden Belt Bank – Excellence in Business Series Endowment
Dr. Jarrold & Sue Schaefer
Ed & Mary Zorn
Dr. Curt Freed & Family
Mike & Connie Schingle
Sterling & Fort Morgan Federal Credit Union
Banner Health/East Morgan County Hospital
Jim & Suzanna Spears
Morgan County Tourism
Williams Family Foundation
Brian & April Amack
Mark & Suzanne Christensen
Robert & Theresa Conklin
Ron & Vicki Edwards
Hodgson Media: Gary & Sue Hodgson
Dan & Sharon Kauffman
Jim & Betty McKie
Roger & Susan Schaefer
Fort Morgan Times
Media Logic Radio
Northeast Colorado Broadcasting