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Get Involved: Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
From the Hip Photo

Colorado Photographic Arts Center executive director Samantha Johnston says their mission is all about art.

"We are supporting the arts, the photographic arts specifically, through education, exhibitions, and community outreach," says Johnston.

The center, founded in 1963, serves as a dedicated photography space in Denver.


Operations manager Stephanie Khoury believes in CPAC’s impact on her community.

“I think places like CPAC kind of offers you a respite from city life and it gives you a chance to, maybe, step out of your everyday life or your normal way of thinking and kind of view things through a different lens,” she says.

When it comes to volunteers, CPAC’s needs are varied.

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The opening of Segregated Influences featuring artists Wendel White and Tya Alisa Anthony.

“It's really important that we have help gathering zip codes for grant funding, to help with tending the bar and serving drinks at openings," says Johnston. "So, we can't operate if it weren't for the help of volunteers and interns because there's just so much work that always has to be done."

“I think it’s also important for volunteers to know that they don't need a background in photography," says Khoury. "They don't need to be an artist. We really try to tailor to their skill sets.”

Volunteer Rod Mahaffey gets a lot out of volunteering for CPAC.

“I'm a photographer myself, so it's always interesting to me to see what other photographers are doing," Mahaffey says. "Everyone, regardless of what they're doing, gets something back.” 

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The welcoming entrance to The Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Click here to check out the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s volunteer opportunities. For more information on CPAC’s exhibitions, events and membership opportunities, visit their website.

Music featured includes Make Your Dream a Reality by Scott Holmes and Crazy Lazy by Ketsa.

Get Involved Colorado is a series that highlights nonprofit organizations across the state that are looking for volunteers. If you know of an organization that needs an extra set of hands and volunteers with passionate hearts, contact us.

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