Give Local Event
You’re invited to Give Local!
December 4th from 7:00 am - 9:00 am (PACE Center - 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue)
Parker Arts is hosting Give Local, a new event being held December 4th on Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Give Local takes that idea one step further by giving the community the opportunity to stop by and meet some of the amazing local non-profit organizations that Parker Arts partners with throughout the year. The morning will include free breakfast burritos, yogurt bars and coffee.
If you would like to donate to Parker Arts, please do that here!
If you would like to attend, please sign up here:
Look below to find out more about the non-profits who will be attending.
Council of Arts, Science and Culture
The Council of Arts, Science and Culture enhances the community through both direct and indirect influence. They coordinate community events and opportunities to enhance the areas of art, science, and culture in the Parker community and surrounding areas.
Current Needs: CASC is hoping to build relationships with individuals, businesses and organizations to further their reach into the community. Relationships might include partnering and volunteering to support events, or sponsoring the organization and it's efforts to provide scholarships in the categories of Arts, Science and Culture. There are several ways an individual or business can get involved. Donations support the organization's efforts to support arts and science programs and host cultural events each year.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: CASC supports arts programs in Parker including Inspire Creative and Music on Mainstreet. They are excited to continue to discover additional ways to support programs in our community.
Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker
The Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker was chartered in June 2006. They are a local community group whose membership and goals are unique to their club and are based on supporting the local community of Parker Colorado and supporting the tenets of Rotary.
Current Needs: Donations and/or sponsorship toward the fundraising and community events they host. The events are the Officer of the Year Luncheon which is recognition of police, firefighters and other first responders in Parker and Douglas County, Parker Brewfest, Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet and the Achievement Luncheon.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: The club routinely holds events at the PACE Center including the Achievement Luncheon and the Officer of the Year Luncheon.
COPPS (Citizens Offering Parker Police Support)
COPPS is the alumni group of the Parker Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. Our mission is to support the Parker Police Department through increased community education and engagement to further strengthen civilian-officer relations.People can learn more at ParkerCOPPS.org
Current needs: We are currently working on supporting various aspects of the Parker Police Department including but not limited to Mounted Patrol and K-9 units.
Drifter's Hearts of Hope
Drifter’s Hearts of Hope (DHOH), located on a 350-acre ranch near Franktown, has never looked back since the rescue’s first three horses stepped away from the kill auction, and into our hearts. On that day, July 16, 2014, DHOH saved Spirit, Clarity, and Hope. Since then we have rescued over 300 slaughter-bound horses, mules and donkeys. Our commitment to such an incredible number of horses, as well as our commitment to ensuring each horse is brought back to health and finds a perfect home, has earned the respect of the entire equine community.
Drifter’s Hearts of Hope was started by Jacqui Avis, Jean Kirshner and Bella Kirshner. The rescue is named after Drifter, a rescue horse that started Bella’s love of horses and inspired the trio to start what has become one of the state’s largest horse rescues. Bella has cerebral palsy, but Drifter didn’t see her disability; he saw only a young lady who loved and cared for him.
Current Needs: DHOH needs volunteers and donations.
Volunteers help with the many tasks it takes to run a successful horse rescue operation: mucking stalls, helping care for the horses, supporting fund-raising efforts, doing well-checks on horses that have been adopted out.
Donations help pay for feed and vet bills, primarily. Winter is a time of especially high feed costs due to the need for additional hay (horses eat more when it’s cold) and the fact that hay costs are high now due to the area’s ongoing drought.
How do you work with Parker Arts: DHOH is the sponsor and beneficiary of an annual art show at the PACE Center, Art to the Rescue.
Dylan's Down with the Arts
Dylan’s Down with the Arts is a 501c3 based out of Parker, Colorado. The mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs that have a passion for the arts. Their motto is …”because the arts are for everyone”! Leslie and her husband Stephen Secrist began the organization in 2010 because they were finding less and less creative outlets for our oldest son, Dylan, who has Down Syndrome. He was not into sports and always has loved singing, dancing, art, and photography so this started their journey! They never dreamed they would be involved with putting on theater productions, hosting art classes, leading Christmas Carolers, or coordinating with local organizations to do fun and creative workshops! The biggest thing they have learned from the individuals that they have the privilege of working with is…it doesn’t matter if you think you aren’t good at something, just try!
- $25 will provide photo processing for one workshop
- $50 will provide classroom rental for one month
- $100 will provide art canvases, paint, brushes for a full class
- $200 will provide a scholarship for one lucky actor to participate in theater camp!
- $2500 would sponsor the entire week for art or theater camp!
How do you work with Parker Arts: In the summer, we host our two week-long day camps at the PACE Center in theater and mixed-arts.
Inspire Theatre Company
We exist to uplift, encourage, invigorate, and breathe life into every person.
Who We Are
We are an artist directed, non-profit arts organization with a heart to encourage individuals to discover their artistic talents, develop them in a safe atmosphere that encourages growth rather than ego and provides them with opportunities to use those talents through exceptional performances, education, and community.
Our History and Vision
In August of 2007 Inspire Creative, Inc. was founded with the goal of providing opportunities for all creative people to have a place to use their talents and grow in a safe atmosphere that places “people above program” and celebrates integrity and respect for others. To achieve this, Inspire Creative exists with a three-fold focus of performance, education, and community.
Current Needs: Like most arts organizations, our biggest challenge is funding and continual support. While ticket sales account for a good portion of our operating budget, we cannot meet all needs through ticket sales alone.Your support helps us expand our educational classes and maintain our goal of providing the best, most professional shows at the local level.
How do you work with Parker Arts: Inspire Theater Company is the producing partner for the theatrical season at ParkerArts. We develop and present three major musicals, and two dramatic productions for each season.Together with ParkerArts, inspire Theater Company works on selecting the title of each production and puts together the season of shows that will be produced.Inspire Theater Company is responsible for casting, rehearsing, and contracting all musicians, actors, and performers. We manage the building of sets and provide all costumes, and designers for each show.If you have seen any of the productions these last few years – Mary Poppins, Beauty and The Beast, Little Mermaid, A Chorus Line, Hairspray, Dairy of Anne Frank, A Streetcar named Desire, Laughter on the 2rd Floor then you have seen Inspire Theater Company’s work!Together with ParkerArts, Inspire Theater Company brings the show to life on the stage!
Lutheran High School Performing Arts
The Lutheran High Performing Arts program exists to provide exceptional experiences in theater and music through growth in Christ, growth as performers, and growth as individuals. We want students to have a Christ-centered environment where they can develop their gifts as musicians, dancers, actors and actresses, performers; we want students to be able to grow in their gifts and talents more than they could have imagined in their four years at LuHi.
Current Needs: Without a performance facility of our own, our shows and concerts are held off site. In most cases, these performances are held at the town of Parker facilities including the PACE Center and Schoolhouse Theater. We are extremely blessed to have access to these professional venues but they do come at a significant cost in terms of rental fees and personnel. Through the contributions of individuals in the community, we want to continue to provide these high quality experiences in these excellent facilities.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: Lutheran High School has a wonderful relationship with Parker Arts. We regularly rent the PACE Center and Schoolhouse Theater for our performing arts events giving students the opportunity to be in a professional theater on a regular basis. We are also a business sponsor of Parker Arts which gives us the opportunity to partner with a wonderful arts organization in the Parker community.
Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Our community is facing a workforce problem. While we are actively working at solving this problem by engaging students, businesses, and education around the same table, we need your help to make our efforts go even further. Our goal is that students are taught workforce ready skills (resume building, interview training, goal setting, financial literacy, etc) throughout entire grade levels rather than through one or two classes. All businesses have easy access to workforce education programming. Finally, we want to eliminate the haves v the have nots by designing and implementing a website that is a clearinghouse for internships and apprenticeships so every student will be able to see all positions available and apply.
- Design and implement a robust internship and apprenticeship program - including hosting physical events where youth can interact with regional businesses and nonprofits;
- Create an online clearinghouse for all internships and apprenticeships;
- Execute an education programming series for both businesses and youth; and
- Implement a speaker series to showcase the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and possibilities within workforce and education.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: The Parker Arts and other arts organizations attended YOUTH J.I.V.E. a couple of weeks ago and we are also actively engaged in supporting them through job placements, designing and implementing internships, and also assisting them with their education needs as it relates to workforce. This past summer, we also assisted in an advisory role with a start-up film production company. The group that started this company are high school students and are currently shooting their first film.
Parker Area Historical Society
Since its inception, the purpose of PAHS has been to share local history and culture with the community and to preserve as much of the material remains of Parker's past as possible. To achieve this, PAHS holds monthly meetings and lectures, as well as annual outings and events designed to educate the public about early frontier life. In addition to maintaining a museum (the Parker Heritage Center), we own and maintains Parker's only remaining log structure, the Tallman/Newlin cabin.
Current needs: To provide a cultural touchpoint for the Town of Parker’s citizens and provide history education resources for people of all ages, we need members. There are various volunteer opportunities at different events during the course of the year.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: Working with Parker Arts and other local organizations, we play integral role in providing the hometown feel that lies at the heart of the Town’s mission, through our Walking Tours and tours for school and community groups. This past year, both our signature “Parker Quest” and the Schoolhouse re-opening were delivered with Parker Arts volunteers.
The mission of the Town of Parker Cultural Department, also known as Parker Arts, is to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of the greater Parker region by providing access to quality arts, culture, history, and science programs, and to provide unique community gathering places.
Parker Arts manages four cultural facilities in the heart of Parker’s historic downtown: the PACE Center, The Schoolhouse, Ruth Memorial Chapel, and Discovery Park amphitheater. In 2018, Parker Arts presented 158 diverse performances by national performing artists and local arts organizations, serving 47,500 audience members. In the summer, we hosted 8 free concerts in the park. In addition, we offered 470 classes and we hosted 50 theater rentals and 223 event rentals. We serve over 220,000 visitors annually.
Parker Food Task Force
The Parker Task Force is dedicated to providing individuals and families in our community with food, limited financial assistance and other support services to help them become self-sufficient. These services are delivered with compassion, dignity and respect by our 100% volunteer staff. Named Parker Chronicle’s “Best of the Best 2018 Local Nonprofit,” the Parker Task Force has served Parker, Franktown and Elizabeth for more than 30 years. Our unique, 100% volunteer organization provides one-on-one guidance toward self-sufficiency. At each client visit trained volunteers discuss job and educational opportunities, budgeting, affordable housing and health care solutions. Our food bank is stocked with non-perishables collected at volunteer-run community food drives and perishable food purchased through generous donations.
Current Needs: Your donation to the Parker Task Force on Colorado Gives Day directly funds vital client services like perishable food purchases, preventing utility shut-offs and evictions and providing weekend food for homeless schoolchildren. Please GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE and support our outreach to area families in crisis.
Parker Hospital Foundation
The Parker Hospital Foundation is committed to the development of programs, services, and projects that enhance and improve the health of our community. As a nonprofit, Christian-based fundraising organization, the Foundation raises and allocates funds to promote excellence in health care and wellness, in partnership with Parker Adventist Hospital. Every dollar raised enriches our community and makes an impact locally, as well as across the globe. The Foundation supports the creation and development of programs to nurture the health of the communities we serve.
Current Needs: Support of our Healing Arts Program. Our philanthropy-funded Healing Arts Program integrates the arts with great health care by creating an environment not just to treat illness, but to provide an inspiration for living. From music to massage, paintings, and sculptures, these unique services offer many expressions of art to revitalize the mind, body, and spirit. By expanding this program, we are able to provide additional emotional and spiritual care for patients and families.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: Parker Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital and charter partner of the PACE Center.
Parker Symphony Orchestra
The Parker Symphony Orchestra is Parker's community orchestra, performing amazing classical music at the PACE Center. Our mission is to perform orchestral music that will educate, entertain, and inspire the people of Parker and the surrounding communities. We were founded in 1994 as the South Suburban Community Orchestra, but with our first concert at the PACE Center in 2011, we officially became the Parker Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from past seasons include collaborations with the Legend High School choir, the Parker Chorale, the Young Voices of Colorado children’s choir, the Colorado Mormon Chorale, and numerous guest soloists.
Current Needs: We use donations in a variety of ways including renting rehearsal space, renting or purchasing music, and paying for special soloists and children's performance groups. We are also currently exploring new ways to inspire children and seniors including donating tickets to concerts, offering children's concerts, working with local school music programs, and more.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: As a Parker Arts presenting partner, we offer musical programs designed to encourage the people of Parker to explore classical music in new ways, including listening to new styles and unfamiliar composers. We hope to inspire people of all ages to pick up and play music themselves. We also give local musicians a venue to perform with other music-lovers and we give youth groups, such as Young Voices of Colorado, the opportunity to perform with a full orchestra.
Our Mission at Rosie’s Ranch is to Provide a welcoming therapeutic environment where children, with and without special needs, are able to connect with an equine partner and each other under the guidance of trained and qualified staff to build self-confidence, literacy and language skills through educational and equine-assisted activities.
SECORCares is a non-profit organization located in Parker, Colorado. They serve the residents of Douglas, Arapahoe, and Elbert Counties who are struggling to make ends meet, as a result of suburban poverty.
SECORCares has a free food market located in Parker, CO where guests who live in the 42 zip codes they serve are able to shop for free and receive 2 weeks of free groceries per visit. The mission is to restore faith and dignity in the lives of the guests they serve by creating a service model unlike traditional food banks. Additionally, they offer their guests additional resources like financial counseling, individual /family counseling, medical/dental aid and more, with the ultimate goal of helping their guests on the path to self sufficiency. SECORCares serves roughly 1500-1700 families each month at the Parker location, and an additional 300 families monthly at the satellite locations in Aurora and Highlands Ranch. Additionally, they provide food for 750 elementary aged children and their families on the weekends through our Food for Thought program.
Current Needs: Financial contributions, volunteers looking to serve, local business partners to expand our reach to those in need.
Wings Over the Rockies
Wings Over the Rockies is a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. By utilizing the Air & Space Museum in Denver's historic Lowry neighborhood to preserve the past and the Exploration of Flight Center at Centennial Airport to focus on the present and future, Wings strives to encourage the future aerospace leaders of tomorrow.
Located in Denver's historic Lowry neighborhood, the Air & Space Museum annually welcomes more than 160,000 visitors from all 50 U.S. states and from more than 30 countries around the world. Designed to inspire and educate people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future, our museum is proud to be Colorado's Official Air & Space Museum.
Located on the grounds of Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, Wings Over the Rockies' second location will house future-focused aviation and space centers designed to educate, entertain and provide visitors with unique experiences and exhibits. While visitors to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will experience a rich heritage center, Exploration of Flight will focus on the future of aerospace exploration and technology.
Current needs: Wings Over the Rockies is currently seeking support for all areas of the organization – education, exhibits, construction and maintenance for our second facility, Exploration of Flight, and more. By supporting Wings, you are supporting the next generation of aerospace in Colorado and beyond.
How do you work with the arts or Parker Arts: Wings Over the Rockies is partnering with Parker Arts to bring aerospace education to the Parker community through the Exploration of Flight campus and the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery.