Regis students may enroll in art center classes for college credit

November 13, 2017

Regis University and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities are partnering to share resources and improve the delivery of arts and humanities for Northwest Denver. 

With this new collaboration, the Arvada Center will offer art classes to Regis students, beginning with the spring semester that begins in January. In return, the University will provide academic scholars and programming for the regional art center’s humanities program.

The agreement allows Regis students to take several art classes for college credit at the art center, which is located only five miles from Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus. The initial course offerings will include dance (tap and ballet) and ceramics, and will complement Regis’ existing offerings in the visual and performing arts.

“These are all wonderful opportunities for us,” Regis Provost Janet Houser said. “I see huge potential in this partnership.”

"We're thrilled to be able to partner with an institution of the caliber of Regis University,” said Philip C. Sneed, Arvada Center executive director. “It's a natural partnership, given our desire to work more closely with institutions of higher education, and our proximity to one another. This first step gives us a great foundation for future collaboration – we already have identified many other potential opportunities to explore."

The partnership illustrates a momentum at Regis in recent years that has established the College of Business and Economics, the College of Computer & Information Sciences and other major initiatives to bolster the University’s reputation and differentiate it from competitors. It’s also on pace with efforts nationwide to infuse arts back into the classroom after a strong focus on sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.

Tomorrow’s leaders need critical thinking skills, a passion for lifelong learning, an ethical foundation and creativity. The arts offer students another pathway to cultural exposure, an outlet for expression, and a different perspective.

“Having these experiences expands the way we think,” Houser said. “They help make us human.”

Sneed expects the partnership will help the Arvada Center reach its toughest demographic: teenagers and young adults. “Our educational expertise tends to be with K through 6 and with adult learning,” he said. “We’re trying to step up our game with middle school, high school and college. This pushes us.”

Since its opening in July 1976, the award-winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and Colorado Creative Industries. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada, Colorado. For more information visit www.arvadacenter.org 

Regis University, founded in 1877, is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.