EDUCATE YOURSELVES BEFORE VOTING

Please don’t make the mistake of voting in favor of tax cuts without reading the fine print and understanding the ramifications. We should never take lightly proposed amendments to our state constitution.

 

I urge all voting citizens to educate themselves about Amendments 60 and 61 as well as Proposition 101, three ballot measures in the upcoming election. If passed, these measures will greatly change the cultural, educational, and infrastructural landscape of our state.

 

Amendment 60 cuts school funding by more than a billion dollars a year.

 

Amendment 61 shuts down our ability to build or expand our roads, schools, water facilities and the rest of our infrastructure.

 

Proposition 101 eliminates a major funding source for road and bridge construction across the state.

 

These three initiatives will devastate the state and cost us thousand of jobs. Please don’t fall for the less government and lower taxes argument. Vital programs like schools, roads and water treatment facilities are necessary for all Colorado citizens.

 

Check out www.donthurtcolorado.com for more information.

 

Karen Gerrity

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A SUMMER UPDATE FROM COLORADO CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

The Creative Districts legislation which just passed is already taking on a life of its own. We’ve gotten phone calls from a number of communities that are ready to act. The legislation allows us until next July to implement the process, but we hope to have it ready to launch by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. Our first step is to hire a consulting partner, since we don’t have sufficient staff to do all of the work that the legislation requires. I have issued a Documented Quote to solicit proposals and hope to have them on board by early September. Interested applicants can register on the state’s BIDS system to see the DQ requirements and to apply. Visit the following URL to apply:https://www.gssa.state.co.us/BdSols.nsf/OByCats/4678936c10aab6c3872578cc00509718?OpenDocument

 

We will also convene an advisory committee of city representatives to help us develop the certification guidelines, and hope to do that in September. The Council has approved the concept of small planning grants to help cities do the kind of in-depth planning that is critical establishing a successful more »

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CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE RECEIVES NEA GRANT

As National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman has noted, “Art works everywhere,” which is why the NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Creede Repertory Theatre was selected to receive one of the 162 grants of $10,000 awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This NEA award will support Creede Repertory Theatre’s 2012 Young Audience Outreach Tour, which will bring much-needed performing arts experiences to tens of thousands of children in rural and underserved schools throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Oklahoma.

“Taken together, these Challenge America Fast-Track grants provide an extraordinary sampling of the work that arts organizations do to reach underserved communities,” said Chairman Landesman. “With these grants, we are helping to ensure that art works for all Americans.”

Creede Repertory Theatre’s Education Director, Renee Stynchula shared, “In 2011, the Challenge America award helped us more »

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