Fund for the Arts

Focus: Peak Arts Prize

In 2018 Fund for the Arts launched Peak Arts Prize, a dynamic new program from the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Peak Arts Prize’s goals are to support great art, inspire fresh ideas, and grow audiences.

History and Funding Focus

Fund for the Arts

In 2005, a small Fund for the Arts was established at Pikes Peak Community Foundation. In 2009, the Estate of Edith Ellyas left a remarkable legacy to support arts and culture organizations. Born in 1923, Edith escaped from Germany after her husband’s death and infant daughter’s disappearance during World War II. Edith settled in Colorado Springs, and 60 years later her legacy gift significantly increased the capacity of the Fund.

Since its founding, the Fund for the Arts has made more than $540,000 in grants to arts organizations. In 2018, the Fund for the Arts joined the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region to produce the inaugural Peak Arts Prize, a broad-based community contest to support local arts projects that amplify local art to new audiences.


Learn more or apply to Peak Peak Arts Prize.

Go to Peak Arts Prize

If you have questions about Fund for the Arts, contact Mina LiebertĀ at 719-445-0604, or email