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
  • eTown
  • 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.
  • SeriesFest
  • 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


  • MusicSpark


  • 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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