Colorado Creates grants to further the arts in 28 Colorado counties

Today, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), announced the FY2023 recipients of the Colorado Creates Grant Program. A total of 121 grants will distribute $834,500 to arts organizations and communities across 28 Colorado counties, including Routt, La Plata, Weld and Pueblo counties.   

Margaret Hunt, Director of CCI, says, “Now more than ever, the arts create community and bring people together to experience joy and celebration. Colorado Creates grants provide critical support to arts and cultural organizations across the state as they provide these opportunities. Over time, we have also seen that these grants position recipients to apply for and receive additional funding, extending the impact even further. We’re proud to help communities bring their visions to life.”

In this grant cycle, 46% of grant funds were awarded to rural communities, and the recipient category that received the highest number of grants represented Colorado’s smallest arts and cultural organizations—those operating with less than $100,000 annually. 

Colorado Creates is CCI's oldest grant program, providing critical financial support to nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies of all sizes as they produce arts and cultural activities that enhance quality of life and bring jobs to their communities. As part of the award, grant recipients will be eligible for a second round of funding within 12 months after submitting a mid-cycle report. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and the next application deadline for Colorado Creates is spring 2023.

A complete list of this year's grant recipients by county is below:



Alamosa Live Music Association


David Taylor's Zikr Dance Ensemble 

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Littleton Town Hall Arts Center 

Museum of Outdoor Arts 

Opera Colorado


Ars Nova Singers 

Boulder Community Broadcast Association, dba KGNU 

Boulder Opera 

Boulder Symphony 

CenterStage Theatre Company 

Colorado MahlerFest 

Colorado Shakespeare Festival 

Dairy Arts Center 

EcoArts Connections 


Local Theatre Company 

Motus Theater 

NoBo Art District 

Stories on Stage 

Studio Arts Boulder 

The Catamounts, NFP 

Third Law Dance 


BackStory Theatre 

Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities


Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts


Blue Sage Center for the Arts 


Augustana Arts, Inc.

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado 

Buntport Theater 

Clyfford Still Museum 

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts 

Colorado Hebrew Chorale 

Colorado Photographic Arts Center 

Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras 

Denver Architecture Foundation 

Denver Art Museum 

Denver Children's Choir 

Denver Film 

Education Through Music-Colorado 

Friends of Chamber Music 

Gift of Jazz 

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management 

Mile High Freedom Bands 

Museo de las Americas 

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver 

National Honor Band Association 

Pop Culture Classroom 

Rocky Mountain Public Media, Inc. 


TEPE Incorporated 

Union Hall 

Warm Cookies of the Revolution


Parker Arts


The Art Base


Brink Literacy Project

El Paso

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs 

Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc. 

Colorado College Summer Music Festival 

Colorado Springs Community Cultural Collective at the City Auditorium 

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra 

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble 

Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

Regents of the University of Colorado on behalf of the University of Colorado of Colorado Springs, Galleries of Contemporary Art 

Regents of the University of Colorado on behalf of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Theatreworks


Florence Arts Council


Carbondale Clay Center

Roaring Fork Music Society


Grand Concerts, Inc.


Crested Butte Music Festival

Gunnison Council for the Arts, dba Gunnison Arts Center


Athena Project

Central City Opera 

Chicano Humanities and Arts Council 

Conifer's StageDoor Theatre 

Control Group Productions

Evergreen Children's Chorale 

Evergreen Jazz Festival 

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company 

Foothills Art Center

Ovation West Performing Arts

Kit Carson 

Prairie Cultural Commons

La Plata

3rd Ave Arts

Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center 

Durango Choral Society 

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Inc.

Imaginary Friends

Music in the Mountains


Bas Bleu Theatre Company 

Canyon Concert Ballet 

Colorado State University - ACT Human Rights Film Festival 

Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra 

Fort Collins Musicians Association

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Colorado State University 

IMPACT Dance Company 

International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival 

Larimer Choral Society 

Museum of Art | Fort Collins, Inc. 

Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association, Inc. 

OpenStage Theatre and Company 

Rocky Ridge Music Center Foundation 

The Center for Fine Art Photography




The Ridgway Chautauqua Society


Anderson Ranch 

Aspen Film


Grupo Folklorico Del Pueblo 

Pueblo Children's Chorale

Rio Blanco

The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, Inc.


Colorado New Play Festival 

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra / Friends of the Orchestra 

Strings Music Festival

Yampa Valley Choral Society 

Yampa Valley Performing Arts Council, dba Piknik Theatre


Backstage Theatre 

Breckenridge Film Festival

San Miguel

Rocky Mountain Arts DBA Telluride Fire Festival 

Sheridan Arts Foundation


The Stampede Troupe 

University of Northern Colorado Foundation


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