The Crested Butte Arts Festival (CBAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Crested Butte, Colorado. The bulk of CBAF’s budget is derived from artist applications and booth fees for the artists, nonprofit organizations, and food vendors who participate in the Festival. CBAF receives no commission for anything sold during the Festival.

Vision Statement

The Crested Butte Arts Festival fosters and promotes greater artistic enrichment of the Gunnison Valley.

Mission Statement

The Crested Butte Arts Festival produces an annual, nationally recognized Festival presenting a broad spectrum of the arts, whose proceeds perpetuate the Festival and also provide for year-round, sustainable arts outreach programs for the community of the Gunnison Valley.

Staff and Board of Directors


Chelsea Dalporto-McDowell – Executive Director
Melissa Essig – Assistant Director

Board of Directors:

Joyce Lamb – President
Joe Bob Merritt – Vice President
Ross Tunkey – Secretary
Lynda Mikos – Treasurer
Ashley UpChurch
Gillian Sclanders