26 Colorado Arts Organizations Awarded $408,000 in National Endowment for the Arts Grants

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26 Colorado Arts Organizations Awarded $408,000 in National Endowment for the Arts Grants

DENVER—The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced today that 26 diverse Colorado arts organizations were selected as first-round award recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) 2020 grant cycle.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter revealed the $27.3 million award list of national arts projects receiving federal funding, including Colorado’s $408,000 of awards. Overall, 1,187 NEA grants were awarded to organizations or projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Colorado’s recipients span from Paonia to Parker and represent a 38 percent increase in Colorado’s total NEA awards over the previous year. 42 percent of the 2020 grants were awarded to arts organizations outside of metro Denver. OEDIT’s Colorado Creative Industries division continues to be a strong catalyst for the arts within the state as nearly half of this year’s NEA recipients are located in State-certified Colorado Creative Districts.

“Colorado’s diverse and rich arts scene supports thousands of jobs across the state,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Colorado Creative Industries. “Colorado Creative Industries values our 50-year old partnership with the Endowment and we are excited to see so many organizations located outside of metro Denver benefiting from these federal funds, including many located in our certified Colorado Creative Districts.”

Colorado’s 2020 first round recipients are:

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
$10,000
Aspen, CO
Art Works—Dance
To support dancer salaries for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s national tour.

Kim Robards Dance, Inc.
$10,000
Aurora, CO
Challenge America
To support performances of “Unstruck Sound” danced to Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Breckenridge Creative Arts (aka BreckCreate)
$40,000
Breckenridge, CO
Art Works—Local Arts Agencies
To support the presentation of contemporary artworks in a series of multidisciplinary festivals, as well a summer exhibition program.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra (aka Colorado Springs Philharmonic)
$10,000
Colorado Springs, CO
Art Works—Music
To support a series of concerts.

Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (aka COPPeR)
$10,000
Colorado Springs, CO
Art Works—Local Arts Agencies
To support a cultural planning process serving the city of Colorado Springs and the rural and mountain towns of El Paso and Teller counties.

Academic Skills Program
$10,000
Denver, CO
Challenge America
To support a dance festival featuring American street and social dance forms such as hip-hop and breakdancing.

Denver Art Museum
$20,000
Denver, CO
Art Works—Museums
To support the relaunch of the museum’s creative-in-residence program and related programming.

Denver Botanic Gardens
$25,000
Denver, CO
Art Works—Museums
To support Connections & Community: Art, Nature & Science.

Metropolitan State University of Denver
$15,000
Denver, CO
Art Works—Arts Education
To support a professional development lab and teaching apprenticeship program.

Montbello Organizing Committee
$10,000
Denver, CO
Challenge America
To support the artist fees for the creation of a statue honoring the first tenured African-American teacher in Denver Public Schools, Marie Greenwood.

Open Media Foundation
$10,000
Denver, CO
Challenge America
To support technical production services and studio space for a series of open mic performances and arts engagement activities.

RedLine
$20,000
Denver, CO
Art Works—Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support an arts conference and related exhibition.

Su Teatro (aka Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center)
$10,000
Denver, CO
Challenge America
To support a production of Antigone at the Border by Borderlands Theater and associated educational programs.

University of Denver, Colorado Seminary
$15,000
Denver, CO
Art Works—Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the Newman Center Presents Series.

Youth on Record
$30,000
Denver, CO
Art Works—Arts Education
To support professional development for music teachers and teaching artists.

Center for the Arts Evergreen (aka CAE)
$10,000
Evergreen, CO
Challenge America
To support the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition and related outreach activities serving a rural tri-county area.

Colorado State University
$10,000
Fort Collins, CO
Art Works—Literary Arts
To support the publication and promotion of a new title in the Center for Literary Publishing’s Mountain West Poetry Series, as well as the journal Colorado Review.

University of Northern Colorado
$25,000
Greeley, CO
Art Works—Music
To support artist fees for the 50th anniversary UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.

Grassroots Foundation Inc. (aka Grassroots Community Center)
$20,000
Joes, CO
Art Works—Design
To support Prairie Sea Projects, a landscape design project in rural eastern Colorado.

Blue Sage Center (aka Blue Sage Center for the Arts)
$10,000
Paonia, CO
Challenge America
To support contemporary music performances by cello and percussion ensemble New Morse Code, with related outreach activities.

Coyote School (aka Elsewhere Studios)
$13,000
Paonia, CO
Art Works—Artist Communities
To support a residency program and professional development opportunities at Elsewhere Studios and Aeolian Acres focused on Native artists.

Town of Parker, Colorado
$15,000
Parker, CO
Art Works—Local Arts Agencies
To support a series of visual arts gallery exhibitions and related outreach activities.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation (aka CRCF (Cherokee Ranch & Castle))
$10,000
Sedalia, CO
Challenge America
To support a multidisciplinary arts festival featuring guest artist Grammy-nominated flutist R. Carlos Nakai and the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet.

Anderson Ranch Arts Foundation
$20,000
Snowmass Village, CO
Art Works—Artist Communities
To support a residency program for visual and media artists.

Bravo! Colorado at Vail-Beaver Creek (aka Bravo! Vail)
$10,000
Vail, CO
Art Works—Music
To support artist fees for Bravo! Vail, an annual music festival.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at www.choosecolorado.com.