Boettcher Scholars, Teachers, Investigators and Grantees in the News

By Ray Mark Rinaldi Confluence Denver Colorado’s Space to Create program is a bet on the power of creatives, not just a gamble on the hard-to-define way that painters, poets, chefs and brewers can make a community more interesting, but an investment in the quantifiable idea that having artists and makers on the ground can spark development, bring jobs, lure tourists and help educate children. From New York’s SoHo to Denver’s RiNo, artists have proven themselves dependable gentrifiers, moving into urban neighborhoods that need a lift, upping the amenities, and acting as a magnet for development. Space to Create hopes to harness that economic might and apply it to rural and mountain areas of the state. Plans call to back nine live/work projects that will draw creatives to less populated cities and towns and, at the same time, make it possible for those already there to stay as the surroundings evolve.    ...

By Alasyn Zimmerman KOAA.com A multi-million dollar project from private and public funds is focusing on revitalizing a section of Trinidad's Main Street. The 'Space to Create' is the 1st of 9 projects in Colorado. Through a state-funded program aimed at bringing creative work spaces and affordable housing to rural Colorado, Trinidad is leading the charge. In 2015, the state announced the program would begin in Southern Colorado. Among the funding partners: Corazón de Trinidad Creative District, City of Trinidad, Space to Create, Boettcher Foundation, History Colorado, Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Housing Finance Authority, and the Gates Family Foundation.    ...

By Valerie Strauss Washington Post A recent report by the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute in California found that longstanding teacher shortages were becoming more acute in some states, and that teacher education enrollment has been dropping significantly in recent years.  Colorado is one of those states with a big problem — especially in its rural areas. In fact, the state government earlier this year allocated $300,000 for programs designed to attack this problem in rural areas.    ...

By Carla Jean Whitley Glenwood Post Independent The Western Slope now has 13,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space available in the heart of Glenwood Springs. Colorado Mountain College's Morgridge Commons celebrated its grand opening Monday. It was the culmination of a number of partnerships between funders, the college and the communities it serves. "When I started a little over four years ago, this was 13,000 square feet of concrete shelled space. There was nothing in here," said CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser. Debbie Wilde and Tresi Houpt hosted planning charettes so the college could gather community feedback on how the space could best address needs.  "It was meeting space. It was collaborative space," Hauser said.    ...

By Amy Hamilton  The Daily Sentinel Two Grand Junction nonprofit agencies recently received a financial boost from the Boettcher Foundation. Mind Springs Health is the recipient of a $120,000 grant for the agency to build its new West Springs Hospital, and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach received $30,000 for improvements to its Day Center building, 302 Pitkin Ave.    ...

By The Valley Courier The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $615,000 in capital grants to 15 nonprofit organizations that are working to support Colorado communities including two in the San Luis Valley. “These organizations work hard every day to provide important services to Coloradans in need,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “From providing meals to those who are struggling with food insecurity to helping our communities improve mental health treatment, we’re happy to support organizations that are positively impacting our state and its diverse residents each day.”    ...

By Joanne Ostrow  Contributing Writer, Denver Business Journal An empty darkroom used for storage at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has been refashioned into a state-of-the-art digital lab, open to the public and offering classes for all ages, thanks to a collaboration among public/private, arts, business and philanthropic sources. The new Digital Creative Arts Lab (DCAL) at the Arvada Center offers classes in animation, digital printmaking, green screen technology, Photoshop, wearable art and more in a lab stocked with 3D printers, laptops and tablets.    ...

By Jenny Brundin  Colorado Public Radio Colorado needs teachers. Thousands of them. Colleges in state are graduating 25 percent fewer licensed teachers than they did six years ago. The crisis is most acute in rural Colorado, where turnover is high. Which brings us to Dusty Mars of Ignacio. After spending years as an oil production foreman, where he oversaw a dozen operators and 1,000 wells, an even bigger challenge presented itself. He was tapped to teach middle school math on an emergency credential. Soon enough, he found himself with a teary student.    ...

By Joe Vaccarelli  YourHub Reporter Kids Club night at the Joshua Station transitional housing complex can be a hectic event that sometimes sees nearly 50 kids pile into a converted hotel room to do activities. Jodi Henni has two children, younger than 10, who participate in Kids Club and said it can be tough to focus. The family has lived at Joshua Station for about a year. “It’s hard for them, it’s just chaos,” Henni said. But things are about to change at the facility that helps homeless families transition from the street to stable living environments as $356,000 in renovations will bring along a new kids programming area about 10 times the size of the current space.    ...

By Amy Hamilton  Grand Junction Sentinel If a person with disabilities wants to go on a bike ride, the process could take days. The folks at Colorado Discover Ability must assemble a bike to fit that person’s specifications. The bike is loaded on a trailer and shuttled down to the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The rider must get to the trail, too. Now, it’s time to ride. Let’s hope the weather holds.    ...