Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) announces recipients of the 2015-2016 Colorado Creates grant program.
A total of 168 grants were awarded in 33 counties across the state totaling $1,260,500. Colorado Creates is CCI's largest grant program, providing critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing their quality of life. Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis and provide a seal of excellence that helps organizations leverage local and national funds.
Trinidad’s Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre was the only grant recipient in Las Animas County, for the second year in a row, and will use the grant for general operating expenses in maintaining its youth programming and three production companies which feature the employment of 30 plus professional actors, technicians, and student interns each summer.
"The state is experiencing healthy growth in the creative economy, due in large part to combined state, local and regional efforts to advance support for artists, non-profit arts organizations, and creative place making efforts," said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. "We applaud the talented and hard-working groups that contribute to our state's vibrant economy and, just as importantly, to our amazing quality of life. We are glad to support their work with the Colorado Creates grants each year."