As 2012 comes to an end, the Arts for Colorado (AFC) board would like to highlight some of AFC’s major accomplishments and advocacy activities from the past year.
At AFC, we make it our business to ensure that state and private funding for the arts is maintained or increased from year-to-year, so the invaluable impact of the arts is never diminished by budget cuts. Through our lobbying and advocacy efforts, we ensure that Colorado Creative Industries and other arts organizations in our state receive the funding they need to fulfill their missions. A majority of these funds are allocated for grants programs across the state to benefit artists, arts-related programming, arts education, and much more. AFC does more than just secure money for Colorado Creative Industries, we provide advocacy tools and professional development opportunities for members of the arts community in Colorado. Below are just a few of Arts for Colorado’s advocacy activities and contributions to the state’s cultural community from 2012:
- New and Improved Website: Our enhanced website provides you with informative legislative updates, quarterly newsletters, information on our community events, and a blog featuring interviews with arts leaders and notes on current advocacy trends.
- Advocacy Outreach: We connect Coloradans with their elected officials by arranging and leading meetings that highlight the importance of the arts.
- Community Events: AFC sponsors and organizes presentations as a service to the Colorado arts community. Our events feature arts advocacy leaders such as Arlene Goldbard and Steven J. Tepper.
- 2012 Legislative Success: In May, the Colorado General Assembly completed its 2012 session. The session proved to be successful for Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), as a budget of almost $1.1 million was approved, including additional funding of $300,000 from Limited Gaming Funds.
- Professional Development Workshops: Throughout the year we have offered events to benefit professionals in arts-related fields, such as a communications and marketing workshop featuring Salvador Acevedo, the principal and president of the consulting firm Contemporanea and a music industry entrepreneurship presentation by industry professional Ricardo Frazer.
We are thankful for the support we have received from the arts community in Colorado, and our achievements would not be possible without the generous contributions of our membership. Please consider becoming a member today to support advocacy related programming in our state. Individuals can join Arts for Colorado for as little as $35 and the cost of an organizational membership is only $150.* You can join online by clicking here or by mailing your payment to Arts for Colorado, 1743 Wazee Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202.
Many thanks for all the hard work you do to enrich the cultural vitality of our state and have a wonderful holiday season!