The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures strives to become an internationally renowned center for the celebration and preservation of world arts and cultures. Guided by this vision, the museum’s mission is to foster and celebrate international connections between Northern Colorado and the world through exhibits of folk art, crafts and artifacts from around the globe; to provide reference and research materials and training; and to become a community center where internationals in the region connect.
Beginning in June 2006, members of the community wanted a place to engage and inspire visitors to learn more about world cultures, people, art and history in order to promote world understanding and foster peace. The Global Village Museum was created and opened its first facility in March 2010. In April of 2011, the museum relocated to a larger space on Mountain Avenue where the museum’s diverse collections and artifacts are on display in one of three gallery spaces: Main Gallery, Mundoville Gallery (International Folk Art in Miniature), and the Village Arts Gallery. The Main Gallery showcases temporary exhibits. Since the grand opening on Mountain Avenue in April 2011, the museum has hosted many exhibitions in the Main Gallery. The Mundoville Gallery and The Village Arts Gallery are home to the museum’s permanent collection of world folk art, fine art, crafts, artifacts and musical instruments donated by local collectors and founding members of the museum. The collection represents ancient, traditional and contemporary cultures, with emphasis on Africa, Asia, Native America and Oceania.
To date, the museum’s collection includes hundreds of ethnographic items, art and archaeological objects from around the world. Objects represent many historical periods, myriad world cultures that illustrate the diversity of ancient and traditional techniques and materials used by people from every continent. The collections are valued at several million dollars. The museum collaborates with private collectors to enhance exhibits and expand educational opportunities.
Intercultural Resource Center
Individuals in Northern Colorado from other cultures or who have lived, worked or traveled abroad and wish to connect with others with global interests are invited to register with the Resource Center. Training in intercultural communication and other relevant topics will be offered. Residents with language abilities and cross-cultural experience are encouraged to participate and share their knowledge. Books and resources on different areas of the world are available for reference.