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Hard-hit arts groups in Colorado get boost

John Wenzel
The Denver Post

The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs will help dole out more than half a million dollars in federal recovery funds to a statewide swath of arts organizations, it announced Thursday.

The Colorado Council on the Arts, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Western States Arts Federation awarded the grants to 47 Colorado nonprofits to preserve or restore 313 salaried and contract positions.

The money comes from the National Endowment for the Arts’ $50 million chunk of the $787 billion federal stimulus package.



“This is basically everything from the NEA’s allocation of their funds that will be distributed in Colorado,” said Erin Trapp, director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’re trying to move the grants out as quickly as possible so the money can get into the fields where it’s needed.”

The nonprofits in Colorado getting a portion of the combined $568,040 include colleges, theaters, ballet companies, film societies and museums. The majority of the 47 nonprofits are getting between $10,000 and $20,000 each.



Roughly 10,000 arts organizations employing 260,000 artists are threatened nationwide by funding cuts amid the economic downturn, according to a study by Washington-based arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts.

John Wenzel: 303-954-1642 or jwenzel@denverpost.com

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