Art Center receives award, $10,000 grant

The Art Center of Western Colorado in Grand Junction is among the latest 12 recipients of awards recognizing the efforts of arts organizations.

The Art Center received the Stand for the Arts Award and a $10,000 grant.

The awards program is a partnership between the Ovation TV arts network and Charter Spectrum. The program commits $120,000 to support arts education in 12 Charter Spectrum markets.

“I am very proud of this organization,” said Lee Borden, executive director of the Art Center. “We have an amazing staff. And it’s because of the staff — along with our board of trustees, volunteers, Art Center Guild, artists, instructors and members — that the Art Center has been chosen for this honor. And it is indeed an honor. There are hundreds of community arts and cultural groups around the country, and this award is given to only 12 a year.”

Stand for the Arts awards and grants are based on how well an organization empowers the community, builds strategic partnerships, drives engagement through volunteerism and delivers creative programming.

“Ovation is committed to advocating for access to the arts for all,” said Sol Doten, senior vice president of content distribution marketing. “Charter has a history of working closely with the communities it serves and in demonstrating its commitment to civic engagement, and our partnership with them helps Ovation amplify its commitment to supporting the arts.”

Adam Falk, senior vice president of state government affairs at Charter, said he was thrilled the partnership with Ovation was extended for a third straight year. “These 12 local organizations are doing meaningful and creative work and are strong examples of how access to the arts and arts education can bring diverse communities together and enrich the lives of people who live in them.”

The Art Center of Western Colorado is located at 1803 N. Seventh St. For more information, call 243-7337 or visit the website at