The Green Box Arts Festival was officially launched in 2009 to provide artists and visitors with an opportunity to nurture the creative process and explore new artistic directions in the natural beauty of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. The foundation for the festival was laid in 2006 with the sponsorship by Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee of a dance residency program by New York’s Keigwin + Company under the leadership of company founder Larry Keigwin.
Keigwin + Company has returned to Green Mountain Falls every year since. Their summer residency provides a unique opportunity to create work that is performed around the country in their regular performing season. As the residency program progressed from year to year, an interest in diversifying and expanding activities quickly grew in the community. This interest culminated in the formation of the Green Box Arts Festival. The festival seeks to celebrate the best of today’s innovative creators. Partnerships with the Pikes Peak Library District, Town of Green Mountain Falls and Church in the Wildwood make the full range of activities possible.
The Kirkpatrick family history with the Pikes Peak area dates back to the 1900s. Members of the family have been in continuous residence there since that time. Throughout, they have been active supporters of the community and the development of its cultural environment.