SLV Arts & Culture Fund
CFSLV created the SLV Arts & Culture Response Fund in 2020 to help nonprofits serving the arts respond and recuperate from the financial loss of the COVID-19 pandemic. From laying off staff to loss of program revenue, Arts & Culture nonprofits have struggled to survive while providing cultural programming for their communities.
The SLV Arts & Culture Response Fund provided funds to the Creede Repertory Theatre that enabled them to create virtual and distanced programming. Innovative approaches, such as online exhibits and videos, allow for virtual delivery of programs, while helping to maintain connections to the community. Funding was used to purchase technological upgrades to make this happen.
SLV Arts & Culture Fund Recipients
ALAMOSA LIVE MUSIC ASSOCIATION - Beginning in March 2020, all in-person, live music, and fundraising events were cancelled, including the community-building series, "Sundays at Six." With these funds, ALMA will be able to bring back Sundays at Six concerts beginning in the summer of 2021. Community partners who have built programming around Sundays at Six will be able to continue to rely on ALMA.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE SAN LUIS VALLEY - Since March of 2020, the organization has increased its hours from 3pm-7pm to 7am-7pm to accommodate its Emergency Childcare Program. Programming was extended to include culturally relevant arts and programs that connect kids with their heritage, including working with fiber arts to create their own fabric. BGCSLV was also able to teach cultural awareness through learning Folklorico and other regional dances.
CREEDE ARTS COUNCIL - In response to the pandemic, CAC created virtual and distanced programming. Innovative approaches, such as online exhibits and videos, allow for virtual delivery of programs, while helping to maintain connections to the community. Funding was used to purchase technological upgrades to make this happen.
CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE - A severe shutdown of services and programming led to a deeply impacted budget for CRT. However, they remained committed to retaining their employees and employing additional local artists and artisans during these uncertain times. CRT used the response funds to support their employees.
FORT GARLAND MUSEUM & CULTURE CENTER - Funding enables the museum to create a multi-part, short video series of traditional adobe knowledge and skills, featuring world-renowned artists. The series will hopefully be used in local communities and classrooms as a teaching guide.
HISTORIC UTE THEATRE- The organization will use the grant to create a multi-faceted storytelling project entitled "Silver Linings: From Isolation to Connection." This project offers innovative and creative modalities to discover the silver linings during these challenging times.
SAN LUIS VALLEY MUSEUM - The San Luis Valley Museum plans to build an a video archive of area artisans at work, including colacha embroidery, santeros, and other regional traditional arts.