2017 Arts Grants

The Wheeler Opera House is proud to announce that we will be granting $350,000 to local Aspen arts groups this year. Of the total grant amount, $100,000 comes directly from the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax. The remaining amount is generated from Wheeler revenue sources such as fees and lease space rent. The Wheeler is proud to support the arts in Aspen. We look forward to the many contributions of these arts groups throughout the year.


Anderson Ranch Arts $6,000
Aspen Art Museum $19,000
Aspen Choral Society $9,000
Aspen Community Theatre $7,000
Aspen Dance Connection $1,500
Aspen Film $23,000
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet $64,000
Aspen Writers Foundation $23,000
Hudson Reed Ensemble $2,000
Jazz Aspen Snowmass $30,000
Music Associates of Aspen $84,000
Pegasus Repertory Theatre/Aspen Fringe Festival $3,000
Red Brick Council for the Arts $30,000
Roaring Fork Music Society Inc. $500
The Art Base $2,500
Theater Masters $3,000
Theatre Aspen includes one time funding for Facility Upgrades and Facility Energy Consumption Reduction Project $42,500
TOTAL $350,000

The City of Aspen supports arts and community nonprofit organizations through annual grants and in-kind contributions totaling close to $1 million. Our community benefits from non-profit agencies that add vibrancy and texture to the quality of life in Aspen. The City of Aspen recognizes the on-going partnerships that we have had with non-profits through the years. Additionally, The City of Aspen provides and operates over 30 public parks, the Wheeler Opera House, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, ball fields, an ice-skating facility, and KidsFirst (childcare resources) along with traditional government services.

To find out about the 2018 application process, please contact Lauren Clausen at 970-920-5040 or email  lauren.clausen@cityofaspen.com.

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