The National Endowment for the Arts announced in May that 21 Colorado Arts Organizations received $2,797,100 in the second round of 2019 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Awards.
“Colorado has a large, diverse and rich arts scene that supports hundreds of jobs across the state,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Colorado Creative Industries. “We are excited to see so many Colorado arts organizations recognized for their exceptional work.”
Awards are issued in four major categories: Art Works II; Our Town; State and Regional Partnerships and Research; and, ArtWorks.
“Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that arts and cultural production accounts for more than $14.5 billion, or 4.4 percent, of the Colorado economy and supports 103,274 jobs. Colorado ranks No. 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artworks.
Colorado Winners are:
Vail Valley Foundation (aka Vail Dance Festival)
Art Works – Dance To support the commissioning of choreographers as part of the Vail Dance Festival’s 2019 NOW: Premieres program, as well as community programming for youth.
Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc. (aka Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance)
Art Works – Dance To support the Aerial Dance Festival.
Art Works – Literature To support fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction programming at the JLF at Boulder (JLFB) literary festival.
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (aka NCECA)
Art Works – Visual Arts To support exhibitions, catalogues, and educational programming associated with the national conference for the ceramic arts in Richmond, Virginia.
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
Art Works – Music To support concerts that highlight works by African-American and women composers and musicians, with related educational activities.
Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc.(aka Creede Rep or CRT)
Art Works – Theater To support the Young Audience Outreach Tour.
Augustana Arts, Inc.
Art Works – Music To support a family concert series featuring the Stratus Chamber Orchestra.
Art Works – Dance To support the Lindy on the Rocks Vintage Dance Festival.
Creative Industries Division (Colorado)
Partnerships (State & Regional) – State & Regional To support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan.
Curious Theatre Company
Art Works – Theater To support Staging Justice: Denver Faces its KKK History through Theatre by Dee Covington and Norma Johnson.
Denver Art Museum
Art Works – Museums To support an exhibition and catalogue featuring pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art.
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Inc.
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works To support the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Inc.
Art Works – Literature To support literary programming.
New Dance Theatre, Inc. (aka Cleo Parker Robinson Dance)
Art Works – Dance To support the creation and presentation of SALT, a mixed media and performance experience premiering as part of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance’s 50th anniversary season.
Phamaly Theatre Company (aka Phamaly)
Art Works – Musical Theater To support the presentation of the musical Chicago, featuring a cast of actors with disabilities.
Think 360 Arts for Learning
Art Works – Visual Arts To support Creative Generations, a series of intergenerational visual arts residencies designed to engage youth and senior citizens in rural Colorado.
Western States Arts Federation (aka WESTAF)
Partnerships (State & Regional) – State & Regional To support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the organization’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan.
Green Box Arts Project
Green Mountain Falls, CO
Art Works – Visual Arts To support the temporary installation of a large-scale outdoor sculpture by Janet Echelman (b. 1966).
Western State Colorado University
Art Works: Research – Research To support a secondary data analysis measuring the total size of the U.S. art market.
City of Lone Tree, Colorado
Lone Tree, CO
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works To support multidisciplinary arts programming for underserved audiences at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
Pueblo Performing Arts Guild, Inc. (aka Pueblo Arts Alliance)
Art Works – Local Arts Agencies To support the development of a youth-focused creative placemaking training program.
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
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.