Stimulus money goes to Springs arts groups

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Three local arts organizations will each receive $10,000 in federal stimulus money allocated by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springs-based Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival and Theatreworks at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will be awarded grants.

The money is a portion of the $568,040 being distributed to 47 Colorado arts organizations in 15 counties.

The one-time grant is intended to reduce job losses in the arts caused by a drop in philanthropic support during the economic downturn.

“We were very grateful to hear that we were receiving a portion of the money,” Philharmonic Executive Director Nathan Newbrough said. “There were a lot of other organizations that applied for the money and you learn to never get your hopes up. Everyone needs to understand that the arts are an important part of the economy.

“This is definitely one the most significant donations we’ve ever received,” said Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Director Linda Broker. “It allows us to really focus on what we do and do it well. And, it takes a little pressure off our regular supporters.”

In a statement, the administering groups said the funds will save or restore 313 salaried and contract jobs among the recipient arts organizations.

Other groups that received money include: 

  • 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 $10,000
  • Bravo! Colorado at Vail-Beaver Creek Inc. $10,000
  • City of Longmont – Museum $10,000
  • Colorado Children’s Chorale, Denver $10,000
  • Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Wheat Ridge $10,000
  • Colorado Film Society, Boulder $10,000
  • Colorado Symphony Association, Denver $10,000
  • Creede Repertory Theatre $10,000
  • Delta Montrose Youth Services, Inc. $10,000
  • Denver March Powwow, Inc. $10,000
  • Downtown Aurora Visual Arts $10,000
  • Durango Latino Education Coalition $10,000
  • Fort Lewis College Theatre, Durango $10,000
  • Gunnison Council for the Arts $10,000
  • Imagination Makers Unlimited, $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
  • San Juan Symphony Durango $10,000
  • University of CO at Boulder – Shakespeare Festival $10,000
  • Vail Jazz Foundation, Inc. Vail $10,000
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts Grand Junction $10,000
  • YMCA of Boulder Valley $10,000
  • 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 $20,000
  • Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver $16,640
  • The Denver Brass $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 $25,000
  • PHAMALY (Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League), Denver $12,000
  • The Spirituals Project, $7,500
  • El Centro Su Teatro, Denver $33,040