The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) today announced the launch of Peak Arts Fund, an annual campaign that will raise and distribute funding to local arts nonprofits. Peak Arts Fund supports 15 arts organizations that bring a wide variety of music, theater, film, art exhibits, opera, dance, festivals, and arts education opportunities all year long to Colorado Springs and throughout El Paso County.
In addition to raising direct financial support, Peak Arts Fund builds participation in the arts by exposing people to new arts experiences through workplace giving campaigns. Individuals who make an annual donation of $60 or more receive a “Peak Arts Card” good for a full 365 days with discounts to performances, restaurants, local businesses and more. More information about Peak Arts Fund and the Peak Arts Card is at www.PeakArtsFund.org.
“We know that a strong arts sector is essential to a thriving business climate,” said Chris Jenkins, president of Nor’wood Development Group, one of the businesses participating in the Fund. “Peak Arts Fund will allow the business community to take an active role by investing in our arts scene and engaging employees directly with creative and artistic outlets.”
Dave Csintyan, Interim CEO of the Greater Chamber and EDC, is serving as inaugural campaign chair. All administrative costs of Peak Arts Fund are underwritten by a Founders Circle: Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
Participating arts organizations that have met eligibility criteria:
• Business of Art Center
• Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale
• Colorado Springs Chorale
• Colorado Springs Conservatory
• Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
• Colorado Springs Philharmonic
• Colorado Springs Youth Symphony
• Cottonwood Center for the Arts
• Imagination Celebration
• Millibo Art Theatre
• Opera Theatre of the Rockies
• Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
• Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
• Velvet Hills Chorus
“We are excited about the opportunity Peak Arts Fund provides organizations like ours to expand our reach to a larger segment of the community,” said Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director Linda Weise. “Participation in Peak Arts Fund will provide our organization much needed funds to grow our programs and allow more kids to participate in the arts.”
Interested businesses and individuals are encouraged to contact COPPeR Executive Director Christina McGrath for more information. COPPeR, a nonprofit organization, connects residents and visitors with arts and culture to enrich the Pikes Peak region.