Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Colorado Arts Awards Totaling $568,000

COLORADO COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009


Contact:

Elaine Mariner, Executive Director, Colorado Council on the Arts

(303) 892-3870, elaine.Mariner@state.co.us

Pauline Herrera, Director of Communications, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs

720-865-4309, pauline.herrera@denvergov.org

Erin Bassity, Director of Marketing and Communications, WESTAF

303-629-1166, erin.bassity@westaf.org


COLORADO JOBS IN THE ARTS RECEIVE $568,040 IN AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) FUNDS


DENVER, CO ­-- September 10, 2009 -- The Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA), the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA), and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) today announced 47 Colorado non-profit arts organizations will receive $568,040 in federal recovery funds to preserve or restore 313 salaried and contract positions.


The grants, administered by CCA, DOCA, and WESTAF, are part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help combat job loss in the arts due to declining philanthropic and other support in the current economic climate. This one-time funding allocation allowed CCA, DOCA, and WESTAF to distribute grants according to narrow federal guidelines designed to ensure jobs preservation and restoration in the arts and cultural sector over the next year.


These grants have significant impact on arts organizations statewide:

  • Organizations in 15 counties and 17 cities received ARRA funding.
  • More than 300 jobs, including contract positions, will be preserved or reinstated.
  • 47 grantee organizations include theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film, and arts festivals.
  • Many of these jobs are key leadership positions critical to the daily operation of each organization. Other positions will allow organizations to continue to provide innovative and educational programs and services that greatly benefit numerous Colorado communities.

CCA, DOCA and WESTAF reconciled their individual grant award process to maximize the impact of stimulus support, and to ensure that each grantee organization receives funds from only one source--a condition of the NEA. Recipients of ARRA funds include:


Colorado Council on the Arts

Organization

City

Amount

Adams State College

Alamosa

$10,000

Anderson Ranch Arts Foundation

Snowmass Village

$10,000

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Aspen

$10,000

Bas Bleu Theatre Company

Fort Collins

$10,000

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Boulder

$10,000

Bravo! Colorado at Vail-Beaver Creek Inc.

Vail

$10,000

City of Longmont - Museum

Longmont

$10,000

Colorado Children's Chorale

Denver

$10,000

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Wheat Ridge

$10,000

Colorado Film Society

Boulder

$10,000

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra

Colorado Springs

$10,000

Colorado Symphony Association

Denver

$10,000

Creede Repertory Theatre

Creede

$10,000

Delta Montrose Youth Services, Inc.

Montrose

$10,000

Denver March Powwow, Inc.

Denver

$10,000

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Aurora

$10,000

Durango Latino Education Coalition

Durango

$10,000

Fort Lewis College Theatre

Durango

$10,000

Gunnison Council for the Arts

Gunnison

$10,000

Imagination Makers Unlimited

Boulder

$10,000

Int'l Institute for Indigenous Resource Mgmt.

Denver

$10,000

Koshare Indian Museum, Inc.

La Junta

$10,000

PlatteForum

Denver

$10,000

Rocky Mountain Children's Choir

Denver

$10,000

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

Colorado Springs

$10,000

San Juan Symphony

Durango

$10,000

University of CO at Boulder - Shakespeare Festival

Boulder

$10,000

University of CO at Colorado Springs - THEATREWORKS

Colorado Springs

$10,000

Vail Jazz Foundation, Inc.

Vail

$10,000

Western Colorado Center for the Arts

Grand Junction

$10,000

YMCA of Boulder Valley

Boulder

$10,000



$310,000



Denver Office of Cultural Affairs


Organization

City

Amount

ArtReach

Denver

$12,000

Friends of Art Street

Denver

$10,660

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council

Denver

$12,000

Colorado Chamber Players

Denver

$8,500

Curious Theatre Company

Denver

$21,000

Denver Art Museum

Denver

$20,000

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver

$16,640

The Denver Brass

Denver

$17,200

Harmony A Colorado Chorale

Denver

$8,500

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Denver

$20,000

Mizel Arts and Culture Center

Denver

$10,000

Museo de las Américas

Denver

$24,000

Museum of Contemporary Art|Denver

Denver

$25,000

PHAMALY (Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League)

Denver

$12,000

The Spirituals Project

Denver

$7,500



$225,000


Western States Arts Federation


Organization

City

Amount

El Centro Su Teatro

Denver

$33,040


ARRA funds are restricted to eligible nonprofit organizations to preserve jobs in the arts through salary support for one or more positions that are critical to an organization's artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate. Funds may also be used for fees for previously engaged artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.


For more information about the grants awarded by CCA, DOCA and WESTAF, please visit the respective Web site listed below.




About Colorado Council on the Arts

The mission of the Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA), a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, is to promote the cultural, educational, and economic growth of Colorado through development of its arts and cultural heritage. For more information, visit www.coloarts.org.


About the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs

The mission of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) is to advance the arts and culture in the City and County of Denver. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/DOCA. For information about all ARRA funds received by the City of Denver, please visit www.denvergov.org/stimulus.


About Western States Arts Federation

WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts in the West. For more information, visit www.westaf.org.