Working together for a vibrant future. It's how we do business in Metro Denver.
We support our culture. And it shows.
At a time when museums, theatres, and other venues found themselves scrambling for funding, the leadership and citizens of Metro Denver voiced strong, collective support for our cultural groups. In 1988, voters approved a sales tax that earmarked one cent of every $10 to support art, historical, and scientific organizations in the seven-county Metro Denver region.
The arts flourish in Metro Denver:
- According to a 2015 study by the National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado is No. 1 when it comes to theater, music, and museum visits.
- Over the past 20 years, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has funded organizations throughout Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties. A national model for funding culture, the SCFD is funded by a 1/10 of 1 percent sales and use tax and distributes $57 million annually to over 275 arts and culture organizations. In November 2016, citizens in Metro Denver voted overwhelmingly to extend the district and tax to 2030.
- Our regional support for arts and culture is also evident in the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), a 150-business member organization that helps companies leverage the arts for innovative and creative success. Launched in 1984 by local business leaders, the CBCA is one of eight affiliates of the national Business Committee for the Arts founded by David Rockefeller in 1967.