COLORADO SPRINGS — The Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts Arts Vision Grants from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation awarded a total of $50,000 to eleven local artists and arts programs in and around the community.

This year’s winners are:

AM Lewis Films was one of the recipients of the funding and it will go to support the post-production of a 105-minute feature film “All the Beautiful Things”.

The film focuses on the importance of mental health and the effects of depression and suicide on families and the community of Colorado Springs. The film was shot in Colorado Springs for the past three years under the direction of local filmmaker AM Lewis. Learn more online.

Ballet Folklorico de Barajas for dance and enrichment programming, as the funding will help share the art of traditional Mexican folk dancing. With the growing community, more and more people are discovering the Ballet Folklorico de Barajas.

Their programs include dance lessons and performance opportunities for students ages 4 and up, engaging dancers and their families in the depth of Mexican and Chicano culture through crafts, art projects, education , team building and American and Mexican celebrations. Learn more online.

Colorado Springs Community Ventures received awards for the “Art on the Streets Fellowship”. This scholarship presented by Downtown Ventures will aim to provide local artists with professional development assistance.

As well as an opportunity to participate in Art on the Streets, mentorships and financial support. The primary goal is to provide pathways for artists from underrepresented demographics into the realm of public art. Learn more online.

Ladyfingers Letterpress for “Printmaking Free for All”, where funding will cover artists’ fees and expenses for a year of live events. Each month, a chosen artist will translate their work into printmaking to allow organizations and artists to use free prints or sell them. Learn more online.

The funding will also support a new line of work by local artist Lupita Carrasco. The museum’s exhibit titled “Expressions On Caring” explores the complexities and evolution of parent-child relationships, particularly with caregivers with extreme mental illnesses. Learn more online.

The funding will also launch a pilot program and workspace for artists to learn matting, editing and archival framing in the new FIVE area of ​​the Knob Hill Urban Arts District. Learn more online.

The funding will also go to support artist Sophia Hanna for “by the skin of my flesh”. An immersive visual art exhibition opens March 3, 2023 at the Kreuser Gallery. Hanna says, “I create a safe and immersive space/experience for recognition, conversation and community growth about body image, eating disorders and other mental issues. It will be a raw, unflinching self-portrait… and could illustrate how striving for inclusion and supporting “full creative living for all” supports the health of our community. Learn more online.

The funding will support the development and production of a new series of children’s books, That Cat Pluto. The 3-part book series will feature Colorado destinations including St. Elmo Ghost Town, Garden of the Gods, and Rocky Mountain National Park, with information about each. They are a collaboration between local artists Satya Wimbich and Eva Vagreti. Learn more online.

Poetry Heals will receive funding for its “Write It Out After School” program. A program aimed primarily at at-risk youth to help them deal with trauma. Their first program partner is Voces Unidas for Justice serving Latinx youth in Southeast Colorado Springs. Learn more online.

Funding was given to UCCS Theatreworks to train young theater artists of color. Theatreworks will use the funding to create several paid design assistant and technician roles to work alongside industry professionals on upcoming productions. Learn more online.

One of the last programs in the Colorado Springs area to receive funding was the Youth Documentary Academy.

The awards will expand two programs run by the Youth Documentary Academy, one being the Youth Media Matters Film Festival. The other is the production of the youth series “OUR TIME” which is now a nationwide PBS segment.

Back in October, the Youth Media Matters Film Festival will visit 8 different public high schools in Colorado Springs, showcasing youth-produced media to over 2,000 students. Learn more online.

Learn more about the Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Anyone wishing to contribute to the future work of the Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts can donate directly by visiting www.ppcf.org/donate. Donations will increase the impact of local arts and culture grants for years to come.
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