The HUB Story

aboutThe Arts Hub is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which offers dance, theater, art, music and film programs to all ages at the Arts Hub just outside of Old Town Lafayette. The Hub first began in 2007 in a rented lower level space in Historic Downtown Louisville. Programming expanded to Lafayette, CO in the summer of 2016, with the construction of a new art center. The new facility houses a theater, dance and art studios. The outside grounds of the new facility have features that also support the arts-related activities of the organization.



The Art Underground, a local 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, began in 2007.  Lori Jones founded the organization following the death of her sister-in-law, Sheri, due to a two year struggle with cancer.  The passing of Sheri was the motivation to create a service offering that would have a positive community impact that could last long into the future.  The Art Underground was created to fill a demonstrated need for arts offerings for the local community.

Nine years later, in the fall of 2016, the Art Underground established a more permanent home in the Arts HUB, sadly coming on the heels of the passing of Lori’s other sister-in-law, Cindy due to a two year struggle with cancer.

The quilt displayed in the Arts HUB lobby was purchased while Lori was on a trip with Cindy, who was participating in a clinical trial in Goshen, Indiana. Visiting the Old Bag Factory, an artist lover’s delight, Cindy showed Lori some of the favorite stores she had explored on previous trips to the area for treatments. In the store Quilt Designs, they found the quilt displayed in the Arts Hub lobby, one of the last masterpieces designed and sewn by a retiring master quilter, Shirley Shenk, after a 30+ year career in quilt-making.  Shirley described the process she and a few helpers took to create the quilt, stating that she first saw the Lady Slipper wildflower while visiting Colorado.  She was so enthralled by the beauty of the flower, she chose to highlight it in the quilt. 

The quilt and the facility are dedicated to the memory of Sheri and Cindy.  May they bring happiness and joy to those who explore them, in equal measure to the joy and happiness Sheri and Cindy brought to their friends and family in their too short, but memorable lives.