Peak Arts Fund reaches $50K goal

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This morning, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) announced that the Peak Arts Fund reached its $50,000 donation goal. The five-month "grassroots" fundraiser started back in March. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to 18 local arts nonprofits — including the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Opera Theatre of the Rockies and Imagination Celebration — which will be distributed tonight at a private party at the Ivywild School.

According to COPPeR's numbers, 132 individual donors and 16 businesses contributed this year.

Only two years old, the Peak Arts Fund started last year with a goal of $35,000 (it made $35,995), which was gifted to 15 organizations. The idea is to offer both broad and targeted support to the arts community at large. In today's press release, COPPeR writes:

The success of Peak Arts Fund's 2013 Campaign is part of a larger momentum in the creative sector across the Pikes Peak region. Over 240 arts and cultural nonprofits now operate in the region, a growth of 9% in just the past 4 years. Expanding the scope to include for-profit businesses in the creative sector, the Pikes Peak region ranks 23rd for creative businesses per capita out of the 100 largest metropolitan areas.

As far as the future goes, COPPeR executive director Christina McGrath doesn't have details just yet, but writes via email, "Our hope is that the fund will continue to grow in future years. Specifically we want to reach out to more businesses and increase peoples awareness of the arts in our region by bringing arts to the workplace through Arts Breaks and other employee engagement activities."

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