Star Cluster Initiative Downtown Artery

The Evolution of the Downtown Artery

Creative Arts, Everything Can Be Art

Musicians, and artists, and performers, oh my! Since its beginning, the Downtown Artery has made its multi-faceted space known for being an inclusive ecosystem for creatives to grow and flourish. As part of the building’s evolution, the Artery has opened its doors to the public for them to be part of each new installation by making every nook and cranny unique and a source of inspiration for all. How can you be part of each art installation, meet other creatives, and learn new multi-media techniques? Become a member of the Star Cluster Initiative.
With the Artery changing its hours, new times have been allotted to learn and create before the cafe and bar open at 4 p.m. Mon-Fri. If these opportunities and experiences seem interesting to you, please tune in to the Downtown Artery’s website and Facebook page, or just come on down to the corner of Linden and Jefferson to see what they have to offer. The cluster is undoubtedly a safe space for you to explore your creativity.


Top Picks for First Friday in Fort Collins

Everything Can Be Art

Fort Collins First Friday art walk happens the first Friday of every month. This is a night for art, community, and culture. This is a family friendly event. This event happens from 6-9 in Old town Fort Collins. There are many galleries open to the public  , do research to find out which ones interest you.

Here are a few highlights:

The Merchant Room

(the second floor of Walnut Creek) 222 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Her Ritual: Sincerity of Identity and Environment

Artwork from fourteen emerging artists:

Alexandra Lake, Amanda Thomas, Ben Stanford, Cass Kruger, Devan Kallas, Emily Roan, Emelia Christensen, Grace Kennison, Holly Nordeck, Jennie Maydew, Krystin Gutierrez, Laura Wingate, Zach Miller, and Zoe LeDonne.

The show will be up for the following week during Walnut Creek’s hours until Friday, August 11th


15 Old Town Square #132 Fort Collins, CO 80524

Flagship 5 Year Anniversary Bash + First Friday Artwalk

New artwork from owner Suzanne Akin.

LIVE PRINTING: First ever “Build your Own” print setup! Make your shirt 1-color, 2-color, 3-color or 4-color, you choose which screens.
RAFFLE PRIZES: Get an entry just for showing up + extra entries with purchase.
SUMMER SALE: All retiring designs will be on sale! Up to 1/2 off!
MORE FREEBIES announced soon!

 Compass Community Collaborative School and Mesh Fort Collins

242 Linden Street Fort Collins, CO 80521

Maker Space and Drone Racing

Two innovative, collaborative, and creative communities showcasing their talents and technology.

 Downtown Artery

252 Linden Street Fort Collins, CO 80524

 Features art, a complimentary beverage, snacks, a wine lounge, music, outdoor patio and a fabulous atmoshphere. Two floors of downtown culture.

Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House

316 Willow St Fort Collins, Colorado

Beth Lighthouse

Acrylic landscape, nature, and sky paintings. Her work will be up the entire month of August.


 Center for Fine Art Photography

400 North College Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524

 Ann M. Jastrab

The gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco and an independent curator. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo during the past decade while also jurying and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has also reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Filter, and Lishui International Photography Festival

The Community Creative Center

200 Mathews Fort Collins, CO 80524

Friends of Marsha Krygier

Expressions: A Summer Art Exhibit and Sale



For other Galleries visit Downtown Fort Collins.

For more events visit Downtown Fort Collins Events calendar.






The Ghost Ship Digital Compilation and Fundraiser at Downtown Artery

Everything Can Be Art, Social Causes


DJ Anna and Echo live in Fort Collins but felt very connected to the Ghost Ship devastation that happened in Oakland. They knew that the community of Fort Collins could do more than contribute worry. They joined forces with the Downtown Artery and created the Ghost Ship Fundraiser.


The Fundraiser was a concert that took place on 1/21/2017 featuring 3 local acts:


The Ugly Architect

Maxwell Hughes

Madelyn Burhs

In addition, one national touring act Tristen.

Tristen is set to launch Nat Geo at the Sundance Film Festival.

They also recorded a 10-track compilation for purchase. This has only Fort Collins recording artist. All proceeds benefit the Ghost Ship Fund.

So far they have had great success with the support of the local community. Anna realizes the value of a DIY network of artist and how powerful it can be to support one another.

If you feel compelled to help in any way, please visit the links below.

You can download the album here: Fort Collins Friends Comp for the Victims at the Ghost Ship

Want to learn more about the fund? Click here:Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency Fund for Oakland Fire