The Arts Vision Grants Program will not be taking place in 2023.
Please stay tuned for information regarding the future of the Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts.
2022 Program Overview
In the summer of 2022, Arts Vision Grants were offered for creative projects that bring to life the declarations and opportunities in Arts Vision 2030, the 10-year cultural plan for the Pikes Peak region. The grants are supported by the Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts at the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and managed by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region with support from Relevant Project Studio.
Applications were invited from arts-focused nonprofits, arts-focused businesses, and individual artists based in El Paso and Teller counties of Colorado, for projects occurring between September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023. The application portal opened on June 10. The deadline to apply was Friday, July 8, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Noon (MT). Full details and eligibility guidelines are below. Follow the Cultural Office for future announcements of whether the Arts Vision Grants will return in 2023.
Arts Vision Grants support projects and programs that bring to life the Arts Vision 2030 cultural plan. Arts Vision 2030 was developed by, of, and for the community in 2021, under the stewardship of the Cultural Office and the Bee Vradenburg Foundation. To receive an Arts Vision Grant, applicant projects must demonstrate that they advance Declarations and Opportunities within the cultural plan, are artistically excellent, are new for our community, and will be feasible for the applicant to successfully achieve. View the funding criteria here.
In 2005, a small Fund for the Arts was established at Pikes Peak Community Foundation. In 2009, the Estate of Edith Ellyas left a remarkable legacy to support arts and culture organizations. Born in 1923, Edith escaped from Germany during World War II and settled in Colorado Springs. Her legacy gift significantly increased the capacity of the Fund, which today continues to invite donations from local citizens to expand its impact. Since its founding, the Fund for the Arts has made more than $540,000 in grants to arts organizations in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.
From 2018-2020, the Fund for the Arts partnered with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region to offer the Peak Arts Prize, a broad-based community contest to support local arts projects that amplified local art to new audiences. The partnership with the Cultural Office allowed the Fund for the Arts to extend support to creative nonprofits, creative businesses, and individual artists, and through public engagement and transparency it energized a new era of interest in this local arts funding.
The partnership is continuing in 2022, dedicated to implementing the community-inspired goals of the new cultural plan for the Pikes Peak region. Help to grow the Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts in the years ahead with your donation! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for donation instructions.
Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts is a fund of Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
The Arts Vision Grants program is led by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, with support from Relevant Project Studio.