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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 Architectural Foundation
$20,000 Denver, CO
Art Works – Design
To support Doors Open Denver 2020, a series of public events that celebrate Denver’s historic and contemporary built environment.

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.

http://www.choosecolorado.com