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Colorado Creates grants to further the arts in 28 Colorado counties

On Tuesday, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), announced the FY2023 recipients of the Colorado Creates Grant Program. A total of 121 grants will distribute $834,500 to arts organizations and communities across 28 Colorado counties, many of them rural counties, including Custer and Fremont counties. Absent from the awards were Lake, Chaffee and Park counties.

“Now more than ever, the arts create community and bring people together to experience joy and celebration. Colorado Creates grants provide critical support to arts and cultural organizations across the state as they provide these opportunities,” said CCI Director Margaret Hunt. “Over time, we have also seen that these grants position recipients to apply for and receive additional funding, extending the impact even further. We’re proud to help communities bring their visions to life.”

In this grant cycle, 46 percent of grant funds were awarded to rural communities. The recipient category that received the highest number of grants represented Colorado’s smallest arts and cultural organizations—those operating with less than $100,000 annually.

Receiving awards in this immediate region were the Florence Arts Council and the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts.

In neighboring Gunnison County two arts organizations received grants: the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Gunnison Council for the Arts, dba Gunnison Arts Center,

Colorado Creates is CCI’s oldest grant program, providing critical financial support to nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies of all sizes as they produce arts and cultural activities that enhance quality of life and bring jobs to their communities. As part of the award, grant recipients will be eligible for a second round of funding within 12 months after submitting a mid-cycle report. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and the next application deadline for Colorado Creates is spring 2023.

A complete list of this year’s grant recipients by county is below:


Alamosa Live Music Association


David Taylor’s Zikr Dance Ensemble

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

Museum of Outdoor Arts

Opera Colorado


Ars Nova Singers

Boulder Community Broadcast Association, dba KGNU

Boulder Opera

Boulder Symphony

CenterStage Theatre Company

Colorado MahlerFest

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Dairy Arts Center

EcoArts Connections


Local Theatre Company

Motus Theater

NoBo Art District

Stories on Stage

Studio Arts Boulder

The Catamounts, NFP

Third Law Dance


BackStory Theatre

Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities


Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts


Blue Sage Center for the Arts


Augustana Arts, Inc.

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

Buntport Theater

Clyfford Still Museum

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Colorado Hebrew Chorale

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras

Denver Architecture Foundation

Denver Art Museum

Denver Children’s Choir

Denver Film

Education Through Music-Colorado

Friends of Chamber Music

Gift of Jazz

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management

Mile High Freedom Bands

Museo de las Americas

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

National Honor Band Association

Pop Culture Classroom

Rocky Mountain Public Media, Inc.


TEPE Incorporated

Union Hall

Warm Cookies of the Revolution


Parker Arts


The Art Base


Brink Literacy Project

El Paso

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs

Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc.

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

Colorado Springs Community Cultural Collective at the City Auditorium

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble

Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

Regents of the University of Colorado on behalf of the University of Colorado of Colorado Springs, Galleries of Contemporary Art

Regents of the University of Colorado on behalf of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Theatreworks


Florence Arts Council


Carbondale Clay Center

Roaring Fork Music Society


Grand Concerts, Inc.


Crested Butte Music Festival

Gunnison Council for the Arts, dba Gunnison Arts Center


Athena Project

Central City Opera

Chicano Humanities and Arts Council

Conifer’s StageDoor Theatre

Control Group Productions

Evergreen Children’s Chorale

Evergreen Jazz Festival

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company

Foothills Art Center

Ovation West Performing Arts

Kit Carson

Prairie Cultural Commons

La Plata

3rd Ave Arts

Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center

Durango Choral Society

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Inc.

Imaginary Friends

Music in the Mountains


Bas Bleu Theatre Company

Canyon Concert Ballet

Colorado State University – ACT Human Rights Film Festival

Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra

Fort Collins Musicians Association

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Colorado State University

IMPACT Dance Company

International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival

Larimer Choral Society

Museum of Art | Fort Collins, Inc.

Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association, Inc.

OpenStage Theatre and Company

Rocky Ridge Music Center Foundation

The Center for Fine Art Photography




The Ridgway Chautauqua Society


Anderson Ranch

Aspen Film


Grupo Folklorico Del Pueblo

Pueblo Children’s Chorale

Rio Blanco

The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, Inc.


Colorado New Play Festival

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra / Friends of the Orchestra

Strings Music Festival

Yampa Valley Choral Society

Yampa Valley Performing Arts Council, dba Piknik Theatre


Backstage Theatre

Breckenridge Film Festival

San Miguel

Rocky Mountain Arts DBA Telluride Fire Festival

Sheridan Arts Foundation


The Stampede Troupe

University of Northern Colorado Foundation

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Featured image: Image courtesy of Salida Council for the Arts.