Colorado Arts Relief Fund Impact Report December 2022

The Colorado Arts Relief Fund provided a total of $23 million to individual artists and arts organizations during the pandemic. Funded by the Colorado Legislature, the program’s purpose was to support a resilient post-pandemic economy. While this one-time relief funding program will not be renewed, the transformative impacts of the funding are still being felt.


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Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) believes in the power of creativity to inspire human connections, create social change, and support economic vibrancy throughout Colorado. We focus on strengthening the vitality of visual, performing, and literary arts through promotion, resources, and funding opportunities.

Our mission is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. The creative economy subgroups are design, film and media, literary and publishing, performing arts, visual arts and design, and heritage.

Colorado ranks number 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artworks, according to the National Endowment for the Arts' Participation Study.

Colorado is recognized as a premier creative hub and a home for world-class creative businesses, productions, and experiences. It's our goal to make sure all Coloradans will have access to creative environments and experiences while preserving the state's unique cultural heritage.

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Programs and Funding

Grants and Awards

These programs provide funding, support and recognition for artists, creative business and organizations.

Community and Economic Development

These programs work to develop sustainable communities through job creation, creative placemaking, leadership development and arts at the intersection of social issues.


These collaborative programs support arts education, community music programs and more.

Public Art

These programs activate public spaces, address public safety issues, engender civic pride and make art available to all citizens.

All CCI Programs and Funding

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