Colorado lands stimulus dollars to fund arts jobs

Colorado has received $568,040 in Federal recovery funds that will ensure that 313 Colorado arts workers will remain, temporarily at least, off the rolls of the unemployed.

According to a press release sent out last week by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, 47 state nonprofit arts organizations received stimulus grants allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts. The money is intended to “help combat job loss in the arts due to declining philanthropic and other support in the current economic climate,” the release stated.

These grants have significant impact on arts organizations statewide:

Organizations in 15 counties and 17 cities received ARRA funding. More than 300 jobs, including contract positions, will be preserved or reinstated. Forty-seven grantee organizations include theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and arts festivals. Many of these jobs are key leadership positions critical to the daily operation of each organization. Other positions will allow organizations to continue to provide innovative and educational programs and services that greatly benefit numerous Colorado communities.

Click here to read the full list of recipient organizations.

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