Golden, a city renowned for its outdoor recreation and craft breweries, is currently undergoing a revival in its arts and culture scene. Over $15 million has been invested in renovating three historic downtown buildings in the last six months, repurposing them as new arts venues.

The Foothills Art Center has undertaken a $6 million project to transform two 19th-century structures into state-of-the-art facilities. On May 18, FAC unveiled its new "Creative Campus" in the former First Presbyterian Church built in 1871, now housing classrooms, artist studios, and a ceramics studio.

On May 25, the Foothills Art Center will open its new exhibition and performance space in the newly restored Astor House, which narrowly escaped demolition in the 1970s. The building was originally built in 1867 as a hotel for miners and legislators during Golden's time as the territorial capital.