Monday, September 21, 2015
Media Contact: 
Holly Shrewsbury, 303-892-3847
Office of: 
Economic Development and International Trade
Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced recipients of the 2015-2016 Colorado Creates grant program. A total of 168 grants were awarded in 33 counties across the state totaling $1,260,500, an increase from the 162 grants awarded last year. 
Colorado Creates is CCI's largest grant program, providing critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing their quality of life. Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis and provide a seal of excellence that helps organizations leverage local and national funds. 

"The state is experiencing healthy growth in the creative economy, due in large part to combined state, local and regional efforts to advance support for artists, non-profit arts organizations, and creative place making efforts," said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. "We applaud the talented and hard-working groups that contribute to our state's vibrant economy and, just as importantly, to our amazing quality of life. We are glad to support their work with the Colorado Creates grants each year."

The grants benefit both small and large communities, and 44% of grant funds were awarded in towns and cities located outside the Denver metro area. 

Adams County Grantees
Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation-$6,500
Stronghold Society-$6,500

Arapahoe County Grantees
Central City Opera House Association-$10,000
City of Aurora - Cultural Services Division-$10,000
Colorado Humanities-$10,000
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts-$7,500
Englewood Cultural Arts Center Association-$6,500
M12 Incorporated-$4,000
Mexican Cultural Center-$6,500
Opera Colorado-$10,000
PHAMALY Theatre Company-$8,500
Rocky Mountain Children's Choir-$7,500
Sound of the Rockies-$6,500
Up Close and Musical-$4,000
Vintage Theatre Productions, Inc-$8,500
Zikr Dance Ensemble-$4,000

Archuleta County Grantees

Boulder County Grantees
Boulder Bach Festival-$6,500
Boulder Ballet-$8,500
Boulder Chorale-$6,500
Boulder County Arts Alliance-$7,500
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company-$7,500
Boulder International Fringe Festival-$6,500
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art-$8,500
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra-$10,000
Boulder Symphony-$4,000
CenterStage Theater Company-$6,500
Colorado Film Society-$8,500
Colorado Mahlerfest-$4,000
Frequent Flyers Productions-$8,500
Imagination Makers Unlimited-$6,500
Longmont Chorale Inc-$4,000
Longmont Council for the Arts-$6,500
Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education-$7,500
Open Arts-$6,500
Parlando Incorporated-$10,000
Seicento Baroque Ensemble-$4,000
The Arts Studio-$4,000
The Dairy Center for the Arts-$10,000
Variety Arts of Louisville-$8,500

Broomfield County Grantees
Colorado Conservatory of Dance-$8,500

Chaffee County Grantees
Calliope, Inc-$4,000
City of Salida-$7,500
Tenderfoot Transmitting, Inc-$4,000

Delta County Grantees
Delta Montrose Youth Services-$6,500
Elsewhere Studios-$4,000

Denver County Grantees
Alliance Francaise-$7,500
Art from Ashes-$7,500
Arts Students League of Denver-$10,000
Ascend Performing Arts-$10,000
Chicano Humanities & Arts Council-$6,500
City Park Jazz-$6,500
Clayton Early Learning-$10,000
Clyfford Still Museum-$10,000
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts-$7,500
Colorado Chamber Players-$4,000
Colorado Children's Chorale-$10,000
Colorado Public Television-$10,000
Colorado Symphony Association-$10,000
Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras-$6,500
Curious Theatre Company-$10,000
Denver Center for the Performing Arts-$10,000
Denver Film Society-$10,000
Denver Young Artists Orchestra Association-$8,500
Denver Arts District on Santa Fe-$4,000
Friends of Arts Street-$6,500
Friends of Chamber Music-$8,500
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management-$4,000
Junior Symphony Guild-$6,500
Lighthouse Writer's Workshop-$10,000
Mizel Center for Arts and Culture-$10,000
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver-$10,000
Sphere Ensemble-$4,000
Su Teatro-$8,500
Swallow Hill Music Association-$10,000
The Children's Museum of Denver-$10,000
The Denver Architectural Foundation-$6,500
The Denver Brass-$7,500
The Gathering Place-$10,000
The New Dance Theatre-$8,500
VSA Arts of Colorado-$6,500
Youth on Record-$8,500

Douglas County Grantees
City of Lone Tree-Lone Tree Arts Center-$10,000
Littleton Children's Chorale-$7,500
Parker Symphony Orchestra-$4,000
Town of Parker-Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center-$10,000

Eagle County Grantees
Bravo! Colorado at Vail-Beaver Creek-$10,000
The Vail Jazz Foundation, Inc-$8,500
Vail Valley Foundation-$10,000

El Paso County Grantees
Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House-$8,500
Colorado Springs Choral Society-$6,500
Colorado Springs Conservatory Foundation-$10,000
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center-$10,000
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra-$10,000
Opera Theatre of the Rockies-$6,500
Rocky Mountain Highway-$6,500
Springs Ensemble Theatre-$4,000

Elbert County Grantees
Tethered By Letters-$4,000

Fremont County Grantees
Florence Arts Council and Belltower Art Center-$4,000

Garfield County Grantees
Carbondale Clay Center-$6,500

Grand County Grantees
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre-$10,000

Gunnison County Grantees
Center for the Arts-$8,500
The Trailhead Children's Museum-$6,500

Huerfano County Grantees
Museum of Friends-$4,000

Jefferson County Grantees
Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities-$10,000
Center for the Arts Evergreen-$7,500
City of Lakewood-Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division-$10,000
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival-$7,500
The Edge Theater-$6,500
Evergreen Jazz Festival-$6,500
Evergreen Players-$6,500
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra-$4,000
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum-$7,500
Sculpture Evergreen-$4,000
The Morrison Theatre Company-$7,500

La Plata County Grantees
Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College-$8,500
Durango Arts Center-$8,500
Durango Choral Society-$4,000
Durango Film Institute-$6,500
San Juan Symphony-$7,500

Larimer County Grantees 
City of Fort Collins-Lincoln Center-$10,000
City of Loveland-Loveland Museum/Gallery-$10,000
College of Liberal Arts at Fort Collins-Art Museum-$7,500
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery-$10,000
Opera Fort Collins-$6,500
Rocky Ridge Music Center Foundation-$8,500
SpokesBUZZ Fort Collins-$10,000

Las Animas County Grantees
Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, Ltd-$6,500

Mesa County Grantees
Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra-$8,500
Western Colorado Center for the Arts-$8,500

Mineral County Grantees
Creede Repertory Theatre-$10,000

Otero County Grantees
Picketwire Players-$4,000

Ouray County Grantees
Ridgway Chautauqua Society/Sherbino Theater-$4,000
Weehawken Creative Arts-$7,500

Park County Grantees
Tesoro Foundation-$7,500

Pitkin County Grantees
Aspen Film-$8,500
Dance Initiative-$4,000
Aspen Music Festival and School-$10,000
Red Brick Center for the Arts-$6,500
Theatre Aspen-$10,000

Pueblo County Grantees
Chamber Music with The Veronika String Quartet, Inc-$4,000
History Colorado-El Pueblo History Museum-$7,500
Pueblo Arts Alliance-$6,500
Pueblo Children's Chorale-$4,000
Pueblo Symphony Association-$6,500

Routt County Grantees 
Friends of Perry-Mansfield-$8,500
Steamboat Art Museum-$6,500
Steamboat Springs Council of the Arts and Humanities-$8,500
Strings Music Festival-$10,000
The Emerald City Opera-$6,500

Saguache County Grantees
Crestone Performances, Inc-$6,500
Saguache Works-$6,500

San Miguel County Grantees 
Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities-$7,500
Telluride Repertory Theatre Company-$6,500

Summit County Grantees
Backstage Theatre-$7,500
Breckenridge Creative Arts-$10,000
Breckenridge Music Institute-$8,500
Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts-$10,000
National Repertory Orchestra-$8,500

Weld County Grantees
Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra Association-$7,500
The Stampede Troupe-$4,000
University of Northern Colorado Foundation-$6,500

The grant awards are for activities that take place between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. A list of this year's grant recipients is available online at

Colorado Creative Industries is Colorado's state arts agency, and is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

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