During Intermission // Fringe Fun

Our During Intermission blog series is dedicated to helping you get your arts fix as LC LIVE gets ready for the next act!

Just like our Anything Goes Series, we’ve gathered a diverse mix of performing arts content for you to enjoy while you wait for our 20/21 Season!

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Tired of Netflix? Stream Experimental Films and Video Art

Cirque du Soleil welcomes you into a world of awe-inspiring show footage and fan-favorite videos!

Need a little more magic in your life? Check out these magician specials!

Find live streaming concerts from artists of all genres on Bandsintown!

If you’re looking for content that diverges further from the mainstream, check out ‘Performance Art From Isolation.’

Want more content to keep you distracted while you wait for our next season? Search for #DuringIntermission on Facebook and Twitter for posts from @FoCoLincolnCtr!


Year in Review // 2019–2020 Season

Over the last year, we have invited you—our community, friends and family—to FIND YOUR CENTER. The Lincoln Center has celebrated so many life events and special times with you. We’ve been with you for weddings, quinceañeras, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations, dance recitals, date nights, family holidays and nights out with friends. We want to thank all of you who came to see a performance, visited our art gallery or held an event within our halls. Because of your support and patronage, we are able to continue doing what we do best—delivering the best arts, culture, entertainment and customer service in the region to the Fort Collins community and beyond.

While we were unable to complete our 2019–2020 season due to the devastating impact of COVID-19, we still wanted to take a moment to reflect on the fantastic things that did occur this past season.

A Place to Gather

The Lincoln Center is more than just its stages and rental spaces. It’s a place where everyone can come together and share an experience. This past year, over 822 events (that’s more than two per day) took place within our walls. We welcomed over 164,000 visitors through our doors and the Box Office sold over 113,000 tickets—that’s a lot of coming together! 

In 2019, The Lincoln Center presented many performances to delighted full-capacity crowds, including one of our fastest-selling shows ever: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. In less than two days of being on sale to the public, the show sold out. While we were elated by the turnout of this performance, we were even more uplifted to be the place where so many friends and families were able to connect during this special time of year.

We also saw amazing community support for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. All four performances of this remarkable, true-life tale sold out and the feedback we received was tremendous. It is beyond humbling to be the place where such amazing community connections and shared experiences take place.

Two Brand-New Series

Over the years, The Lincoln Center staff has received lots of requests from community members about shows they would like to see. This season, based on your feedback, we were excited to unveil two new series.

We created our new Laugh Riot Series to quench Northern Colorado’s thirst for world-class comedy. With four shows full of gut-busting fun, we were thrilled with the positive response and astounding support we received from the community on the establishment of this new series.

Understanding that nature is an incredibly important part of Northern Coloradoans’ lives, we recognized the need to present a series that reflected the passions of our community. Our new National Geographic Live Series has been a “natural” fit. We were pleased by your enthusiasm for this past season’s speakers as well as your feedback expressing excitement for more next season.


Every two years, The Lincoln Center Art Gallery hosts ArtWear, a fashion extravaganza that helps fund our Visual Arts program. This season, we featured garments and accessories from 53 fiber artists from around the world. The fashion show on October 18 kicked off a week of fiber art demonstrations, lectures, workshops and a gallery exhibition where people could purchase their own original wearable art. Thank you so much to the 75 volunteers who worked as models, backstage help and sales gallery support to make this event such a success! All in all, these events generated $23,000 in sales, $8,000 of which benefited the Visual Arts program.

Celebrating Community Connections

In an effort to bring diversity and education about different cultures to our community, The Lincoln Center presented Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México (BFNM) in February. Not only did this show sell out, but the performance included added opportunities for community connection. From January 18 to February 22, The Lincoln Center Art Gallery presented an exhibition titled The Colors of Community, which featured local LatinX artists. Directly before the BFNM performance, community members were given the chance to hear some of the artists speak about their work at the exhibit’s opening reception. In addition, Los Flores de Durango, a three-piece Tejano band, played in the lobby before the show, providing everyone who attended a chance to connect to local artists and music. The incredibly vibrant performance by BFNM dazzled as much as it entertained and delivered a truly unforgettable evening.

Gifts for Good

In conjunction with The Color Purple in late November, The Lincoln Center held the Gifts For Good holiday donation drive. This donation drive benefited Crossroads Safehouse and made the holidays a little brighter for those trying to escape domestic violence. Families who might not otherwise have been able to afford holiday shopping were given the opportunity to select presents—pampering items and toys donated by you—for their loved ones in a safe and secure temporary holiday shop located at Crossroads. Thanks to you, over 1,000 items were donated! The incredible generosity of this community never ceases to amaze us and we can’t thank you enough for your support.


The Lincoln Center continues to strive toward achieving Zero Waste in alignment with the City of Fort Collins’ ongoing commitment to sustainability and waste reduction thanks to our new partnership with Colorado Compost.

Over the past decade, The Lincoln Center has strategically converted all of its service-ware to compostable products and has required all of our vendors to follow the same guidelines. If you are not sure which trash receptacle to use—recycle, compost or landfill—please ask a volunteer or a member of our staff and they will be happy to help.

Commitment to Inclusivity

The Lincoln Center is a community center for everyone. We continue to embrace all people regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation by being the venue of choice for many diverse events. From LGBTQ weddings and India Nite, to bar/bat mitzvahs and the Women of Color Summit, we are truly grateful to be the home of these events and celebrations.

This year, we have expanded our efforts to ensure that all people feel welcome in our halls. We have updated language and imagery on our signage and informational materials to further breakdown any communication or exclusion barriers. In addition, we translated our rental materials into the three most widely spoken second-languages in Fort Collins to better connect with our community.

Arts Education

The Lincoln Center takes its commitment to arts education very seriously. With the help of The Lincoln Center Support League, we connected over 3,000 students and community members with world-class professional artists at 10 different events during the 2019-2020 season.

Poudre School District students enjoyed shows like Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare and Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México for free at The Lincoln Center as well as artist visits to their classrooms.

There were also free master classes offered to the community this season with multiple artists from our Classical Convergence and Dance Series—including one of the most lauded classical guitar players, Jason Vieaux, and the landmark contemporary dance group, Pilobolus.

In addition, the renowned sketch comedy and improv troupe The Second City held a special class for local teachers. Teachers were shown how to use improv in the classroom to help improve learning.

All of these events took place due to The Lincoln Center Support League which thrives with support from you!


The Lincoln Center prioritizes serving the community and its needs. Since becoming the first business in Northern Colorado to receive the official dementia-friendly designation, we’ve partnered with the Fort Collins Symphony’s B Sharp program. This program provides dementia patients and their caregivers season tickets as well as opportunities to interact before and after performances. Since 2015, the program has documented a measured improvement in cognitive function by those who were able to participate.

We thank you for your patronage and support this past season. What remarkable things we achieved with your support! While we cannot predict what the future holds and our 20/21 season may not look like it has in years past, we hope that you will join us when we can safely gather again.

Remembering Jack Curfman

For almost 40 years, The Lincoln Center was fortunate to have gallery exhibitions designed by the legendary Jack Curfman. We are sad to share that Jack recently passed away of natural causes at the age of 95. We will forever miss his innovative ideas and creative gallery designs along with his sweet disposition and generosity that he was able to share with the Fort Collins community.

Jack Curfman started working with The Lincoln Center even before the building opened. He had an extraordinary talent for designing a gallery experience that allowed the viewer to get the most from the artworks on display and brought out the best in the art. He had an intensely curious eye that caught all the details, finding relationships between artworks that were often entirely unrelated and would have been overlooked by other less searching eyes.

Jack designed art exhibitions throughout the region for over 50 years including the Denver Art Museum, Colorado State University and around Fort Collins. An internationally-recognized exhibit designer, he was recognized for his talents by the Bonfils-Staton Foundation in the Arts, the Denver Art Museum and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Jack also had a remarkable career teaching at Colorado State University. One of Colorado State University’s prominent art galleries bears the Curfman name. 

We are grateful for the decades we had with Jack Curfman, and our hearts go out to those who loved him. He will be deeply missed.

Supporting Arts Education

Despite the shortened 2019–2020 performance season, The Lincoln Center Support League’s Arts Education Outreach program reached thousands of local students with live performing arts programs. During the 2019–2020 season, The Lincoln Center Support League connected 3,253 students and community members with world-class professional artists at 10 different educational events. These included:

• 700 elementary students enjoying hands-on musical and poetry workshops
• 2,100 elementary and middle school students taking field trips to The Lincoln Center
• 2 dance masterclasses at Colorado State University
• Local dancers featured in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s performance of Anne of Green Gables: The Ballet™ at The Lincoln Center
• 3 Classical Convergence music masterclasses at Colorado State University
• 12 local teachers participating in The Second City’s “Creative Pedagogy in the Classroom” workshop
• Complimentary tickets for Boys & Girls Club members to attend Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare

Thanks to The Lincoln Center Support League’s Arts Education Outreach program utilizing The Lincoln Center’s season of nationally touring performers, local students connect directly with international artists who joyfully share their expertise and experience. Classroom visits and field trips deepen the engagement of young people in arts and culture, create empathy and understanding, as well as inspire potential careers in the arts.

A field trip to The Lincoln Center brings together professional artists, educators, students, city staff and volunteers to experience meaningful, educational and unforgettable moments. This season, these included the dynamic Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México performance for middle school students and Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare connecting first, second and third-grade students to The Bard through hip hop music and dance. One student from Beattie Elementary school summarized it best: “This is the best day of my life!” Even the educators agreed! One first-grade teacher from Beattie stated, “As an educator, I am so thankful my students were able to experience the theater and all that it has to offer. Some of my students have never had the opportunity to attend a musical, and I am so grateful to you all for providing them with this opportunity!”

Beyond the performances students attend at The Lincoln Center, The Lincoln Center Support League brought in Alaskan poet and musician Ken Waldman on a three-day tour of nine elementary schools.  Integrating music and poetry, he encouraged kids to write their own poems. Students loved how Ken could create acrostic poems on the spot, and enjoyed the stories he would tell about Alaska. One teacher at Laurel Elementary enthused, “Ken was a master at student engagement with the music he played and the playful way he worked with words. The students were engaged the entire time and still talk about it!”

There are so many meaningful, touching and educational moments that happen during The Lincoln Center Support League’s Arts Education and Community Outreach programs. There is magic in connecting highly accomplished performers with students of all ages. From the intense, individual attention of the master teacher in the dance studio to the astonished faces of students entering The Lincoln Center Performance Hall for the very first time, we are proud to have a strong outreach program at The Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center Support League makes supporting arts education outreach a mission priority. You can help us continue our education and outreach efforts by supporting The Lincoln Center Support League with your time, talent or treasure. For more information about The Lincoln Center Support League and the programs visit www.lincolncentersupportleague.org or email The Lincoln Center Support League at info@lincolncentersupportleague.org.

During Intermission // Come Explore With Us

Our During Intermission blog series is dedicated to helping you get your arts fix as LC LIVE gets ready for the next act!

Looking for your next adventure? We’ve got some great ideas for how you can explore while you wait for our 20/21 National Geographic Live Series!

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Go behind-the-scenes with National Geographic Live | Backstage! Join a different photographer, filmmaker, archaeologist or scientist each week for a special Facebook Live event.

Nat Geo Live has even more for you to enjoy from home with presentations available to watch here!

Visit National Geographic’s YouTube channel for even more videos and watch their weekly new releases.

Or take a look at these beautiful images captured by Nat Geo photographers!

You don’t need to travel thousands of miles to find adventure! Take a hike and work on your photo/filmography skills at any of these great Natural Areas in our own backyard:
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas

Larimer County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails

Go on more adventures (from home) by exploring these world-famous sites from your couch for free!

Want to read about epic adventures or learn more from the world of Nat Geo, check out the endless list of books from National Geographic:

Looking for even more to read, try these 15 Travel Books That Will Change The Way You See The World

Rather listen than read? Here are Outside’s favorite travel podcasts to inspire your next trip (…even if that’s a few months away!)

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