Mission: The mission of the Friends of the Chief is to preserve, program and manage the multi-use historic Chief Theater that contributes to the cultural and economic vitality of Downtown Steamboat Springs.

Vision: Friends of the Chief is recognized as the progressive leader in providing a premier multi-use facility with diverse programming that contributes to the cultural and economic vibrancy of Historic Downtown Steamboat Springs.

The Friends of Chief charitable purpose includes:

  • Maintain a multiuse cultural facility for the community of Steamboat Springs,

  • Colorado and communities of the Yampa Valley

  • Foster emerging arts and cultural opportunities that include, but are not

  • limited to performing, literary, visual, film and the culinary arts.

  • Encourage the growth of arts through education and outreach

  • Program and support diverse art and cultural programs of the highest quality.

  • Advocate for historic preservation opportunities for the Chief Theater and the Historic Downtown District of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The Friends of the Chief exhibit leadership through three core values:

  • Collaboration

  • Diversification

  • Credibility


The Friends of the Chief plan and lead the organization through five primary strategic areas:

  • Organizational Development – Non-profit Best Practices

  •  Development - Fundraising

  •  Program – Diversity and Quality

  •  Facility Maintenance and Development

  •  Marketing and Public Relations – Non-profit Best Practices

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