The Parker Arts, Culture and Events Department has received a matching grant of $8,500 from the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a state agency. This grant was awarded through the CCI’s Colorado Creates Program. The Program helps nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to communities and enhancing quality of life. The Town of Parker is the only Douglas County-based organization selected for fiscal year July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, and is one recipient of 132 total grants awarded in Colorado.
State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant signifies that the Town’s Parker Arts, Culture and Events Department provides a high level of quality in its programs, community service and administrative ability. The funds will support programming and the general operating costs of the Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center, opening in downtown Parker in October.
“We are honored to receive this grant award, especially with the opening of the PACE Center this year,” said Jeannene Bragg, Cultural Director. “Public support enables us to provide quality programming, reach new audiences and foster community development.”
The PACE Center is home to a 536-seat theater, 250-seat amphitheater, art gallery, event room, dance studio, culinary kitchen and several classrooms. PACE will provide a wide variety of local, regional and national cultural, arts, scientific and educational programming to the region and serve as a rental venue for community, business and social events. For more information, visit www.PACEcenteronline.org.