Artist-in-Residence Program

Your children are one-of-a-kind, and so is the art they make.
That’s why we designed the Artist-in-Residence Program.

What is the Artist-in-Residence Program?

A truly special, exclusive art opportunity. Not only do professional Colorado artists come to work in the Museum and create beautiful art, but visiting guests of all ages contribute and collaborate.

The program is open to artists working in a variety of media, including sculpture, illustration, paints or textiles. Artists set up shop in The Art Studio and work for 2-3 months on a project to install at the Museum. Children and adults alike are invited to be part of this amazing program and witness the impact your creativity can make in the world!

Curious about the program? Check out this video to hear from some of our former artists about why this program is so amazing!

Artist-in-Residence Blog

To share the wonder and joy with you, we created an Artist-in-Residence Blog. Be sure to check it out regularly for cool videos, open studio hours, workshops, interviews with the artists and the collaborated works our artists make with you - Museum guests.

current artist-in-residence: betony coons

Betony Coons' paintings are large, iconic images holding frenetic energy and bold color. As a mother of three, Betony is constantly moved by the beauty and wonder of childhood, reflected in her whimsical paintings and murals that explore home, love and struggle.


Betony's Open Studio Hours*

Join Betony during her open studio hours to pick her brain, collaborate on a piece and experience art in a whole new way!

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm  

Sunday, August 13, 12 - 4 pm
Friday, August 18, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday, August 23, 11 am - 4 pm
Friday, August 25, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Friday, September 1, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 15, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 22, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Friday, October 13, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

*Open studio hours are subject to change. 

Fee-Based Workshop: Paper Puppet Theater

Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 - 7 pm

Join artist-in-residence, Betony Coons, to build your own tabletop puppet stage! Decorate your theater, create an interchangeable background and make shadow puppets. You’ll leave with everything you need to put on original theatrical productions at home. It’s show time!

Closing Reception

Wednesday, October 25, 6 - 7 pm

Join us for a fond farewell to Betony and get a first look at the piece she created just for the Museum.

Works by Betony Coons


 Large scale painting by Betony

Kia - Cave
Betony's mural and her family


  • Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am - 4 pm
  • Wed: 9 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat, Sun: 10 am - 5 pm

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Free Play 4 - 8 pm

Closed certain holidays.


  • Under Age One: Free
  • Age One: $11
  • Ages 2 - 59: $13
  • Seniors (60+): $11
  • Members: Free

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