Telluride Arts: Transfer Warehouse Receives $3 Million Grant!

Telluride Arts: Transfer Warehouse Receives $3 Million Grant!

The Polis administration announced Tuesday that the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) office of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will distribute the latest eight recipients of the Community Revitalization Grant program to projects ranging from San Miguel to Routt to Larimer counties. The Community Revitalization Grant program has awarded a total of $64.9 million to 34 projects, including Telluride Arts’ Transfer Warehouse restoration project.





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“Support for Colorado’s inspirational creative arts is part of our administration’s commitment to ensure every Coloradan can thrive. We are proud to support talented Colorado artists whose work contributes to the vibrant and unique character of our beautiful state,” Governor Jared Polis.

Led by now Senate President Steve Fenberg, Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert, Rep. Brianna Titone and Rep. Susan Lontine, the Colorado Community Revitalization Grant provides gap funding for projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers. These grants support creative projects that combine creative industry workforce housing, commercial spaces, performance space, community gathering spaces, child care centers, and retail partnerships for the purpose of economic recovery and diversification by supporting creative sector entrepreneurs, artisans, and community non-profit organizations.

“The arts have always been a catalyst for economic development, but Colorado’s creative arts industry was hit exceptionally hard by COVID-19. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to support arts organizations on their road to recovery and we’re glad to partner with them as they pursue new endeavors,” Colorado Creative Industries Director, Margaret Hunt.

“Telluride Arts will be awarded $3,000,000 for the revitalization of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse, a National Historic Landmark located in the heart of downtown Telluride and a vital place of exchange for over a century. Left vacant for 40 years, the Warehouse has become a catalyst for social engagement, an economic driver, and a force for community cohesion. The Warehouse has adapted and changed to meet community needs providing space for film, dance, poetry, lectures, music, and much more. Telluride has experienced more visitors on the Main Street than ever before and as real estate prices have skyrocketed, the Warehouse has become an oasis within the strained community.

“This grant provides a giant step forward in the fundraising efforts for the Transfer Warehouse project,”Telluride Arts Director of Development, Jessica Manno.

The Community Revitalization grant will be applied to Telluride Arts’ Forever Telluride Campaign, a $15,000,000 goal to fund Phase II of the restoration and new construction for the Transfer Warehouse renovation into a community cultural arts center. The remaining $12,000,000 is expected to come from individual contributions in the form of 3-5 year pledges. Telluride Arts invites any and all community members to participate in the effort to fund the project by the fundraising deadline this coming October.

Telluride Arts plans to invest a portion of the grant funds into off-site affordable housing in partnership with the Town of Telluride.

Support the Telluride Transfer Warehouse Project in an effort to rebuild the site and create a new space that will welcome, connect, and uplift our whole community.  Sponsor a Transfer Warehouse stone – dedicate it to a family member, pet, or friend – and be a part of the foundation of this treasured landmark that will serve the community of Telluride for generations to come. Stay involved in the Warehouse event schedule, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @telluridetransferwarehouse

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Telluride Arts is your Local Arts Council, founded in 1971. The nonprofit promotes a culture of the arts within the Telluride Arts District, which contains a remarkable concentration of arts and cultural activity that engages artists from around the region and across the globe.
PO Box 152, 135 W Pacific Ave, Telluride CO 81435  |   |   970.728.3930


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