Cultural Foundation closes a chapter in Castle Pines history
By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photo by Lynn Zahorik
After inspiring, encouraging and supporting opportunities in the arts and sciences as well as other cultural activities throughout the Castle Pines community, the Castle Pines Arts and Cultural Foundation (CPACF) board of directors decided to dissolve the foundation.
“In the past 11 years, there has been much growth in our community and many groups, particularly the Castle Pines Library, that have offered enrichment programs to both children and adults,” stated Vicky Kellen, charter member of the CPACF. “Now it is time for a new leadership and opportunities to flourish.”
The CPACF supported multiple community cultural events, as well as participated in many community celebrations. Raising $15,000, they provided for local youth music programs and contributed funds to the Douglas County Libraries – Castle Pines permanent location. Many residents may recall the dine outs at local restaurants and the Castle Pines ornament sales.
CPACF participated in both the Winter and Summer Solstice celebrations, as well as Oktoberfest. They partnered with Cherokee Ranch & Castle to offer an outdoor dinner with the Celtic Colorado bagpipers and an evening of music with the Denver Brass, and they hosted John Fielder and his breathtaking photography of Colorado. They partnered with the international Missoula Children’s Theatre to bring full-scale productions to local children from first to twelfth grade. “Undoubtedly, our greatest contribution was to our children,” stated Kellen.
In the spirit of giving, the CPACF will donate the remaining funds in $1,000 increments to the Douglas County Libraries Foundation and Easter Seals of Colorado. The remaining funds will be donated to the Douglas County Youth Orchestra. Additionally, the CPACF will seek to have the organization’s historical papers included in the Douglas County Libraries Archives & Local History.
“We have chosen these organizations because of their service to our community and the ways in which they reflect the CPACF mission statement, providing service and opportunities for diverse populations,” stated Kellen.