Durango Friends of the Arts, an all-volunteer organization, was founded in January 1991, as a non-profit organization. Its purpose is to raise funds for various performing and visual artists and groups in the Durango area. To this endeavor, it distributes grants for projects and programs whose goals provide educational and cultural benefits to the people of the greater Durango area.

To date, we have distributed over $580,000 to the arts community in La Plata County. In 2019, grants totaling $40,000 were awarded to 26 local performing and visual arts programs and organizations.

DFA meets the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Membership is open to all and one can join any time throughout the year. Guests are always welcome.

Annual dues are:

  • $35.00 for individuals
  • $50.00 for families (includes 2 memberships)
  • $75.00 for businesses (includes up to 3 memberships)
  • Honorary membership is given to those 80 years of age and over

Membership dues are used to cover Administrative Expenses and any left over Administrative funds at the end of the year may be transferred to the Grants Fund at the discretion of the Executive Committee with the approval of General Membership.

Durango Friends of the Arts is thriving. Membership continues to expand. Enthusiasm and positive energy direct our efforts.

See below for  Membership Information/Application

Contacts for Specific Programs:

For more information on DFA or to donate to DFA, contact our President, Debra May, 970-259-0124/c 512-565-5001.
For membership information contact 

Durango Friends of the Arts Membership Application