Funding

Funding

The Cultural Office is not a charitable foundation, and is typically not a re-granting organization. However, we intentionally design programs to direct financial support into the creative community whenever possible. In most cases, programmatic funding decisions are made by Cultural Office staff, rather than a committee or a review panel. When making these funding decisions, we always try to distribute our limited financial resources as thoughtfully and equitably as possible with regard to such things as regional geography, artistic genre, and the diversity of audiences served. Please explore the funding opportunities below, and contact us directly if you have questions.

Arts Vision 2030

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation has made a generous $50,000 commitment from the Fund for the Arts to support projects that bring to life the “Declarations of the Arts Vision 2030 cultural planMore details will be available after the new year, and grant applications will likely be due sometime in the spring of 2022. FOR INFORMATION: angela@CulturalOffice.org

Arts Month

Each October, arts & culture takes center stage throughout Colorado Springs and across the Pikes Peak region, as our creative community celebrates Arts Month. Orchestrated annually by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Arts Month 2022 will once again offer several funding opportunities for local artists and arts organizations:

Artist-of-the-Day

The Cultural Office staff will curate a diverse group of 31 local artists and creatives to be featured online at ArtsOctober.com each day during the month of October. Each individual will receive a $100 honorarium in exchange for (1) providing digital content about themselves and their art, and (2) promoting Arts Month on social media during the month of October. The Cultural Office team strives to showcase a cohort of local artists who are intentionally diverse across race, gender, age, sexual orientation, regional geography, and artistic genre. FOR INFORMATION: rebekah@CulturalOffice.org

Highlights Partners

In 2022, the Cultural Office expects to have about $25,000 to support and encourage artistic programming that is in alignment with the four Arts Month Theme Weeks. Depending on the nature of the programming, funding for Highlights Partners is typically in amounts of $250, $500, or occasionally $1,000. About 40-50 Highlights Partners will be thoughtfully curated to represent a variety of art forms and cultural perspectives. In addition to content creation, this funding also comes with other expectations related to the promotion and evaluation of the Arts Month campaign. FOR INFORMATION: andy@CulturalOffice.org

Curbside Culture

Performing artists from across the Pikes Peak region are invited to join the Curbside Culture roster, where community members may then find and hire them directly for paid performances. Based on the 2022 program budget, the Cultural Office will hope to have about $2,000 in sponsorship funds to purchase Curbside Culture performances to help support programming by other community partners, and/or for special community events. FOR INFORMATION: andy@CulturalOffice.org

Military Arts Connection

Artists residing in the Pikes Peak region may train to become Artist Facilitators with the Military Arts Connection (MAC) program, which offers paid opportunities to provide arts enrichment experiences for members of the local military community. In 2022, about $45,000 will be available to compensate trained Artist Facilitators for sharing their creative services through the MAC program. FOR INFORMATION: admin@MilitaryArtsConnection.org

Peak Radar

In an effort to help build awareness for (and drive traffic to) the PeakRadar.com website during 2022, the Cultural Office will have about $5,000 in discretionary funds to purchase advertising and/or become a media sponsor at community events, in exchange for acknowledging the Peak Radar brand. FOR INFORMATION: jonathan@CulturalOffice.org

Executive Director – Discretionary

The Cultural Office has allocated $10,000 in its 2022 budget for special projects and activities, as defined and determined by the Executive Director. FOR INFORMATION: andy@CulturalOffice.org

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