The Fund will collect donations for 15 local organizations through May 1, with the goal of accruing 1,500 donors. One hundred percent of all donations will go towards the fund, as the operating costs have already been covered by support from the "Founders Circle": the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. You cannot earmark your donation for a specific arts org, as the Fund is "designed to strengthen many arts organizations at once. The arts are highly collaborative... In short: A rising tide raises all boats."
At a morning press conference, which took place downtown at Kirkpatrick Bank (one of the Fund's business supporters), COPPeR executive director Christina McGrath spoke, as did Dave Csintyan, interim CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp., who is also serving as the inaugural campaign chair.
Inside the lobby of the bank — which is gorgeously outfitted with a fantastic art collection, including seven Campbell's Soup II Portfolio screenprints from Andy Warhol as well as lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly — McGrath explained the Fund and shared one of its perks, the Peak Arts Card. The card, which individuals receive with a donation of $60 or more, is good for a full year of discounts to arts and culture events as well as restaurants.
Csintyan spoke of the "inextricable" bond between art and business, how the Fund can attract people and companies to the Springs and grow the community.
"Our community is rabidly behind where we're going," he said.
Tonight, COPPeR will host its launch party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at CodeBaby, 111 S. Tejon St., #107, which will feature food and drink as well as live entertainment. Several members of City Council are expected to attend, as well as Mayor Steve Bach. According to McGrath, who presented the Fund to the city last week, both Council and the mayor back the project, an unusual feat these days.