History, Mission & Vision
The impetus, planning and project design around the Sunflower Theatre began in 2008, when the City of Cortez and the Montezuma Arts Council embarked on separate projects that had the same conclusion: 1) there is demand for a venue for arts and culture in Cortez and 2) this venue would spur economic development on Main Street.
In 2009 KSJD (Community Radio Project, Inc) purchased the building and began fundraising for a $1.5 million renovation of one of the most iconic structures in the region into a facility that would meet the needs laid out by the Montezuma Arts Council and the Cortez Comprehensive Plan.
In 2012, KSJD began operating from its new studios while construction on the theatre continued in the Eastern portion of the building. The Sunflower Theatre opened its doors in January 2015.
Today, more than 4,500 patrons per year enjoy arts and cultural programming at the theatre.
Mission: KSJD’s mission to inform, entertain and empower the people of the Four Corners Region through arts, culture and public media service.
Vision: Our vision is of a diverse, resilient community informed, entertained and empowered by a vibrant public media service.