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Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Colorado Dragon Boat is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that hosts the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF), the Colorado Dragon Film Festival, and the AAPI Emerging Leaders Program. Our Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is the largest Dragon Boat Festival and Asian celebration in the USA.

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Emerging Leaders Program

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Asian/Pacific Islander
Female Adults
Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Males

Description

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to develop the leadership skills of Asian American and Pacific Islanders - between the ages of 18 and 25 - by providing leadership training, support, and opportunities. The purpose of this program is to build bridges from one AAPI generation to another to help these emerging leaders become successful in their personal and professional lives and to strengthen their communities through service, engagement, and education.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2012, CDBF completed its first Emerging Leaders Program with great success. Nine exceptional young AAPI leaders were trained over three months and learned skills to empower them and serve them through their lives and careers.

With the generous financial support from the Arun Das Memorial Fund, Miller/Coors, Denver Foundation and private donors, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Emerging Leaders Program is now accepting applicants for the second session of ELP.

Film Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Description

This year was our first ever Colorado Dragon Film Festival on May 20-22, 2016 in the King's Center at Auraria Parkway! The event was SOLD OUT on VIP Opening Night! The weekend had movie showings and follow-up activities to keep audience members engaged. Director Ken Ochiai came for a Q&A after the showing of his film, "Uzumasa Limelight."

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Evidence of Program's Success

We were able to grow to a larger venue and were able to share Asian cinema and directors with the general public of Colorado.

Boat Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Asian/Pacific Islander
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF), established in 2001, occurs annually in Denver's Sloan's Lake Park and has become Colorado's premier Asian Pacific, family-friendly summer festival. The free festival attracts over 125,000 spectators annually during the last weekend in July and presents culturally diverse programming to highlight and celebrate Asian Pacific performing arts and crafts, cultural customs and cuisine, and competitive dragon boat racing.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Attendance figures and event surveys show the Festival has grown over 700% from 2001 to 2017 reflecting continued interest by the public in what the annual event offers in terms of Asian American Pacific Islander education, entertainment and athletic competition. Grant funding and event sponsorships have grown, as well as individual contributions, affirming the mission of the Festival meets the needs of many individuals and agencies to celebrate the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Colorado.

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