Centennial leaders form arts and cultural foundation

New nonprofit, long in the works, to start promoting arts in city

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Centennial sits amid several suburban cities that boast entities to support arts and cultural activities, but it didn't have its own — until the arrival of the newly announced Centennial Arts and Cultural Foundation.

The new foundation says its mission is “to celebrate, inspire, and connect art and culture in Centennial,” according to an August news release.

It's a nonprofit whose initial efforts are being led by Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko and City Councilmembers Tammy Maurer and Kathy Turley, according to the news release.

“The CACF will be actively engaging with citizens at community events and with our 'arts community' at large to explore opportunities to establish permanent art placements within Centennial, promote events and programming that bring arts and culture to our community, and research how best to commemorate the rich history of our city and our region,” the foundation's website says.

Parker, Lone Tree, Greenwood Village, Aurora, Englewood, Lakewood, Thornton and other municipalities all have foundations or other entities related to the arts, with varying degrees of independence from the city, according to a Centennial city fact sheet. Aurora's Cultural Services office is a division of the city government, for example. Littleton is home to the Town Hall Arts Center.

In 2019, Centennial City Council supported the idea of exploring how best to support the arts in Centennial, according to the news release.

In fall 2019, the city council convened a committee of community members to review how other municipalities supported arts and culture in their communities, according to the release. They weighed the pros and cons of engaging as a city-organized commission or to form an independent nonprofit to partner with the community, the release said.

The committee supported the idea of the creation of a nonprofit foundation, independent of the city and supported by community businesses and citizens. The committee also created the initial outline of the bylaws, a mission statement and the foundation's name, according to the release.

In January, three Centennial city councilmembers established the foundation, according to its website. Piko, Maurer and Turley initiated the legal establishment of the foundation, and by summer, the foundation was to be ready to begin actively working in the community, according to its website.

Piko, Maurer and Turley are serving as the directors of the foundation and will be working to expand its board of directors by the end of 2021, according to the release.

For more information and upcoming events, the public can see the foundation's website here.

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