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Southern Colorado Endowment for the Performing Arts

To insure adequate funding for performing arts, an Endowment is needed. To maximize the impact of the Endowment, investments are made in low to moderate income housing, whenever possible, this simple act maximizes the benefit to the community and to the arts. Help us grow, give where you live.

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Providing Income to Performing Arts Organizations

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
General population

Description

It is noted that ticket revenue for performing arts organizations only cover 25% to 30% of the cost of productions. The revenue we provide assist these organizations to bring in professional actors and play writes for summer stock productions. It allows them to develop a local community theater, a youth academy and collaborate with local schools systems to co ordinate productions with their curriculum.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The city of Trinidad is a small town of less than 9,000 in the largest county in Colorado with a total population of less than 17,500 people, Because of a lack of industry and the lose of Coal, Oil and Gas production our local economy has suffered and the average household income level is well below the state average. Yet the local theater this past year was able to have a a professional season, a community theater and a youth academy. They were able to developed a collaboration with the local school system to produce "To Kill a Mocking Bird". We were very proud of this, it was an outstanding production which dealt with a very difficult subject, and allow our youth to gain a greater understanding about race in America. The Endowment only provides money to performing arts organizations and has no control over subject matter, and we like it that way. We feel that we need to allow the creative individuals the freedom to create. Our efforts are paying off. We just need to grow and fund more of these art programs.

Reducing Overhead

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations

Description

Donations will be used to cover overhead , taxes, insurance, administration, legal, maintenance, and realtor fees. Las Animas county is the largest county in Colorado with a total population of 19,000, Trinidad has a total population of 9,000 making it the largest city in the county. The community lacks sufficient industry to spur economic development, leading to low employment numbers, which leads to low wages, and a population at risk. The donations will cut our overhead hopefully to zero, this will allow us to maximize our involvement to the performing arts, which will lead to economic growth..

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the past year we successfully financed the SCRT Youth Academy.by more than $12,000. A reduced overhead would allow us to do more for the arts, and more for our economy spurring economic growth..

Moderate and Low Income Rental Program

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Veterans
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Trinidad sits in one of the poorest counties in Colorado where the average household income falls well below the State average. The lack of industry and low wages have perpetuated this cycle. SCEPA has made its mission to provide income to foster the arts and in turn increase tourism, which will increase employment, and the opportunity for increase wages. .All donations to SCEPA are invested and only the earnings are used to assist the arts. To whatever extent possible investments are made in low to moderate income rental properties. This fulfills a critical need within the community as well as raises needed funds for the performing arts. We are breaking the cycle of high unemployment, low wages and the lack of affordable housing. we are priming the pump with needed resources to stimulate a new and renewable economy based on the arts. Low and moderate income rentals are a key components to our efforts, and is something that is really needed in our community.. We are providing clean, safe affordable housing which in turn provides resources for the arts. which increases tourism, which increases employment, and in turn increases wages. Donations to SCEPA will go to the acquisition of affordable housing. Think of it as using the solution to one problem (housing) to help solve a bigger problem (our economy). All of our affordable housing are debt free allowing us to reduce rents below market levels.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our rentals are at 100% occupancy since they were put on the market and rent for $650 to $950 per month. One renter is a veteran with a young family and this is his first civilian job. Another is a college graduate with extensive educational debt. Both are employed but neither has an extensive employment or credit history. Without this program they may have fallen through the crack. The end result has been $12,000 in grants in 2017 and $15,000 projected in 2018 to the arts.

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