NewsSep 11, 12:37 PM
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
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
Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
ArtReach Denver $12,000
Friends of ArtStreet 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 $7,500Total: $225,000
Western States Arts Federation
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.
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