Off the Hook Arts’ mission is to provide free and low-cost music education for children, 6 – 18, and cultivate a cultural arts community for the general public, through festivals of classical chamber music and jazz.
Our two seasonal music festivals feature world-class musicians, scientists, and creative thinkers in interdisciplinary collaborations of film, theatre, writing, visual arts, and music performance with topics ranging from music therapy and physics to climate change and civil rights.
Off the Hook Arts brings together dynamic and relevant leaders in their fields to stimulate conversation, build creative thought, and develop a more diverse arts culture.
Now in our seventh year of a growing music education program and eighth summer music festival, Off the Hook Arts was originally founded as PYCH (‘Pitch’) Project Youth and Chamber Music in 2012. Based in Fort Collins, we encourage life-long creativity and arts appreciation in Northern Colorado. We present unique and diverse events through the performance of classical music, collaborations with scientists and creative thinkers, and bring the experience of world-class music to new audiences of all ages. We support continued growth in performers and arts appreciators alike, and encourage audiences to champion a vibrant local arts culture.
Every season we select a different science oriented theme to combine with the arts for our music festivals – WinterFest and SummerFest. These collaborations result in unique and diverse events that feature topics such as neuroscience, human rights, the universal message of World Music and this year’s theme, climate change. All involve some new compositional project of our Artistic Director — NY based composer, Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Programs at The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center — Bruce Adolphe.
From September through May, we work with string, woodwind and piano students, ages 8 to 18, in The Chamber Music Academy (CMA) — a significantly sponsored and reduced-fee chamber music program. Our Educational Residencies, STEAM workshops and summer programming allow us to serve students as young as 5 through college.
All funds raised through festivals and donations go toward supporting our music education programming for children. Off the Hook Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit music education program in Fort Collins, CO. (EID: 45-5161400)
Off the Hook Arts is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a BBB Accredited Charity by Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Off the Hook Arts met all 20 BBB standards for Charity Accountability, which were developed to assist the public in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations.