We are pleased to announce that we have recieved a major grant from the Denver Foundation for The ACADIA Project! The Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD) has convened two partners - ‘FAX Aurora and Community Enterprise Development Services, to develop The ACADIA Project (TAP).
This program will identify refugee and immigrant artists in Aurora and help them build creative businesses to market and sell their crafts. We are working on raising additional funds to help fully realize this new project. If you'd like to contribute please click the donation button below.
This program will directly assist the artist and creative entrepreneurs in our community in pursuing their craft for economic success and self-sufficiency. The majority of program activities will be located in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, on the Colfax Corridor. This area is among the most culturally diverse areas in Colorado, with nearly 40% of the adult population identifying as foreign born. The area also has high levels of poverty, with over 43% of families living below the poverty line.
Funding will cover the costs of planning, outreach, recruitment, and training of program participants. The idea for the program came about via community conversations with over 18 community partners in early 2015. These groups pointed out the need for more engagement with our refugee and immigrant neighbors, and the need for economic development and support for these groups.
The collaborative partners all bring particular skill-sets and relationship to the project. ACAD will bring their experience in building creative business and supporting local artists. FAX Aurora will bring their relationships with small business owners and expertise in doing business in this area of Aurora. Community Enterprise Development Services will help identify refugee and immigrant artists. They will also assist program participants with micro-loans to build or expand their businesses.