Thursday, August 11, 2016
Fine Arts Center lands $10,000 CCI grant
By Griffin Swartzell
on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM
"For us, it's a very important grant in that it does support general operations," says Laura Hines, FAC's Associate Director of Institutional Relations. "That is really, really hard to find anymore — unrestricted funds that support everything we do every single day."
"We get people who want to support specific programming and specific exhibitions," adds Amanda Weston, Media Relations and Outreach Manager for the museum. "But it's hard to find somebody who wants to keep the lights on."
Hines says that the FAC applied for the grant last Spring. They got word that they'd been selected in late May and have since received the money in full.
Read the full text of the press release below:
COLORADO SPRINGS (August 11, 2016) — The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC) has received a matching grant of $10,000 from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. This grant was awarded through CCI’s Colorado Creates Program and supports general operating costs. State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant signifies that the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center provides a high‐level of quality in its programs, community service and administrative ability.
Supporting the critical infrastructure ensures that the FAC is able to support and maintain its organization as it pursues its mission. Arts and culture are fundamental to a healthy and flourishing community. Supporting the FAC’s general operations is an investment in the arts and culture of our community, allowing it to strengthen its collaborations and reach more people through its programming, exhibitions, productions and classes.
The FAC’s top priority is to focus on what it does best: provide extraordinary arts experiences to the whole community. The grant from CCI supports the FAC’s working capital needs in order to help meet its responsibility to the public with confidence.
Sometimes the biggest challenge with a major institution is keeping the lights on. But thanks to Colorado Creative Industries, that just got a little easier for the Fine Arts Center. Today, they announced via press release that they've received a $10,000 Colorado Creates grant.