They say behind every good man, there’s a good woman. This is true with Jacinda Bouton, conductor of the Lone Tree Symphony, and her husband, Art …
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They say behind every good man, there’s a good woman. This is
true with Jacinda Bouton, conductor of the Lone Tree Symphony, and
her husband, Art Bouton.
Jacinda Bouton convinced her husband to become involved in the
success of passing a ballot for a cultural arts center in Lone
“It went from committee meetings, to going door-to-door, to me
becoming chair of the Lone Tree Cultural Arts Foundation,” Art
The Lone Tree Cultural Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization, established for the support of charitable, artistic,
cultural, art, educational and historical purposes. There are six
directors who will serve a three-year term, in addition to other
interested parties, advisers and liaisons.
“A community is measured by much more than its businesses,
property values or the quality of its schools,” Art Bouton said. “A
thriving arts community is also essential.”
Art Bouton believes that many Lone Tree residents care deeply
about the arts and that they are not just for cities like
“We want the best performances here in Lone Tree and we want
spaces here to create and share our art,” Art Bouton said.
Even though the arts center is several years away from opening,
Lone Tree assistant city manager Seth Hoffman said there is a lot
of excitement around it.
“It will be located in the Lincoln Commons of RidgeGate,”
The foundation is separate from the city, and according to
Hoffman, “They were formed to support the mission of the city and
the cultural facility.”
The plans for the center include a theater component, a place to
attend musicals, other live performances and gallery space. Hoffman
said they have hired a consultant with scope and scale of the
facility and are doing a lot of research into what the community
wants, and “also what we can afford.”
City Councilmember Pat Braden recommended Bouton join the
“Initially I invited people people with interest in the arts,
legal experts, financial experts and charitable foundation
experts,” Braden said. “We came together to define the
organization’s mission and purpose.”
Braden said after the Lone Tree residents approved the sales tax
increase to finance a cultural center, it was clear that the city
would be able to afford a workable venue. The foundation is
conducting a feasibility study to determine exactly how to maximize
the community support.
“We are attempting to contact and involve as many in the
community as we can,” Braden said. They are currently in search of
energetic, imaginative and enthusiastic people who are willing to
devote time and financial support to the foundation.
Michael Greenberg also became involved with the Lone Tree
Cultural Arts Foundation through Braden.
“She knew of my family’s strong interest in the cultural arts
and asked me if I would be part of the effort,” Greenberg said. His
wife is a professional violinist and plays with the Colorado
Springs Philharmonic Orchestra and also the Denver Ballet.
Previously living in Houston, where Greenberg said there was a
great deal of support for the arts and a large number of vibrant
performing arts organizations, and high quality halls for the
“After moving back to our native Colorado, we noticed that our
friends in the Lone Tree and surrounding areas were just as
interested in the arts, but there were relatively few venues, none
close to Lone Tree.”
At the infant stage of conception, the Lone Tree Cultural Arts
Foundation knows they will need both public and private
“To build it right,” Greenberg said, “we need to do our homework
to assure we build the right facility and fund it appropriately so
that the center can provide a wide variety of high quality
programming that will be attractive to the community.”
Braden believes that the foundation does not end after the
center is built.
“It will be a partner with the city to determine how the venue
is used and how the programming can grow,” she said.
Art Bouton sums up the focus of the project by saying, “What we
will build here is not just a performing arts facility, it is a
cultural arts center and will become the heart of Lone Tree.”
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