Pikes Peak Arts Council

The Pikes Peak Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 to honor, connect, and enrich local artists, working to ensure that artists are thriving in, and essential to, the Pikes Peak region. Join today!




PPAC offers monthly and quarterly MicroGrants to member artists to help fund specific projects, achieve an artistic goal, or to help offset living and studio expenses. Over $40,000 has been granted to individual artists in our community since the program began in 2009.

Artists who have not yet been awarded a MicroGrant are encouraged to submit a new application every six months. Click to apply or become a member.  (This document denotes past awardees.)

July 2017 MicroGrant awardee De Lane Bredvik and PPAC Director Kate Perdoni

2018 MicroGrants

PPAC MicroGrant Archive 2014 - 2017

2017 MicroGrants

December 2017

Becca Bieda - $200


An aspiring photographer, Becca is a senior in high school who has taken photography classes for the past three years. This year, she is taking AP photography. Becca is working to expand her portrait portfolio, and will purchase a specific new lens with this PPAC MicroGrant.

November 2017

Robert Gray - $200


Robert, a skilled engineer-turned-photographer, has been working on a Visual Arts minor at UCCS. His current photography project is a 35mm film undertaking about growing up in Southern Missouri, where, he says, "emotions were not allowed." The exhibition is scheduled to be unveiled in the old Gazette Building in Colorado Springs with an EDM artist from Brooklyn performing to assist in this "experiment in emotions." Robert will use his MicroGrant toward purchase of materials to support this installation. Check out some of Robert's work here.

October 2017

Conor Bourgal - $200


Local musician Conor Bourgal is working on new music that will combine his Americana style with an interest in orchestration, particularly string quartets. Inspired by collaborations between the Colorado Symphony and regional musicians like Gregory Alan Isakov, Elephant Revival, and Devotchka, Conor has been working on performance arrangements that accompany his singer/songwriter material. Learn more about Conor's work here and here.

September 2017

Abby Kreuser - $200


August 2017

JD Sell - $200

Visual Arts

July 2017

De Lane Bredvik - $500

Architectural/Visual Art

June 2017

Laura BenAmots - $200

Visual Art/Painting

May 2017

Sandra Knauf - $200

Literary Arts

Sandra Knauf is the one-woman-show behind Colorado Springs book and magazine publisher Greenwoman Publishing. She is currently working on her second novel. Sandra writes fiction and non-fiction with themes of gardening and earth stewardship. You can read more about Sandra and her work here.

April 2017

Peach Press - $500

Printing/Visual and Literary Arts

Peach Press is a radical small press dedicated to publishing writers and artists who have been historically marginalized, striving to represent under-published voices and to produce works at low or no cost to artists and authors. 

Peyton Davis (right) is an artist/printmaker with a BFA in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston whose work has been shown in galleries throughout the Boston Metro Area and Colorado Springs, including a recognition from the Boston Printmaking Biennial. Han Sayles (left) is a self-taught printmaker who has led print-based fundraising campaigns for local and national organizations including Inside Out Youth Services and the Audre Lorde Project, often collaborating with the Press at Colorado College and Ladyfingers Letterpress.

March 2017

Roma Ransom - $200


Congratulations to March MicroGrant awardees Roma Ransom! Grace and Gordon are working on a new album in 2017. Their previous EPs, recorded in Minneapolis and mixed and mastered by Emmy Award winning producer Taylor Lewin, have earned the duo recognition through the COMBO singer-songwriter awards. We are pleased to have Roma Ransom performing March 21 at the Pikes Peak Arts Council 2017 Spring Member Mixer -- please join us there! In the meantime, you can listen at https://romaransom.bandcamp.com/

February 2017

Katherine Colvin - $200


January 2017

Nico Wilkinson, Idris Goodwin and Han Sayles - $500

Poets and Printmakers of Inauguration

Local spoken word performance poets Idris Goodwin and Nico Wilkinson along with printing press publisher and artist Han Sayles were awarded a $500 Pikes Peak Arts Council MicroGrant for their poetry book "Inauguration." Idris and Nico will use these funds to help support their current speaking tour throughout Colorado and New Mexico, and to help offset printing costs. Congratulations, and thank you for representing Colorado Springs as you travel with this beautiful work!

2016 MicroGrants 

December 2016

Cocordion - $200


November 2016

Julie Shavin - $200

Poet and Visual Artist

October 2016

Lisa Fabiano - $200

Visual Artist

September 2016

Brian Elyo - $200


August 2016

Thom Phelps - $200

3D Artist

July 2016

Sean O'Meallie - $500


June 2016

Chelsea Boucher - $200

Visual Artist and Youth Arts Instructor

May 2016

Karen Standridge - $200

Owner, Gallery 113

April 2016

Patti Harden - $200

Book Binder and Paper Maker

March 2016

Bryan Ostrow - $600

Music Promoter

February 2016

David Bieda - $200


January 2016

Erin Gillespie- $200


December 2015

Kate Hudgens - $200

Visual Art

Jessy Randall - $600

Poet and Writer

November 2015

Rodney Howe- $200


October 2015

Amy Seltzer- $200

Visual Artist and Writer

September 2015

Beth Carlson- $200

Kids in Motion and Dancer

Sandra Knauf- $600

Novelist and Journalist

August 2015

Mike Pach- $200


July 2015

Jesse Maddox- $200

Taiko Performer and Musician

June 2015

Nancy Bonig- $600

Glass Artist and Arts Administrator

Steven Sabell - $200


Marisa Cutlip - $200


May 2015

Hellen Eberhardie Dunn- $200

Visual Artist

April 2015

Chris Medina - $200

Actor and Director

March 2015

Teri Brown- $600

Visual Artist

Jeff Cloutier- $200


February 2015

Stephanie Von Fange - $200

Visual Artist and Curator

January 2015

Wanda Veltkamp- $200


December 2014

Jeri Jorgensen- $600


Idris Goodwin- $200

Writer, Performer, Playwright

November 2014

Laura BenAmots- $200

Visual Artist

October 2014

Peter Zurla- $200


September 2014

Rhonda Van Pelt- $600

Photographer and Arts Administrator

Joseph Bishop- $200


August 2014

Sallie Maxwell - $200


July 2014

Patricio Cordova - $200


June 2014

Lisa Fabiano - $200

Visual Artist

May 2014

Dale Pittock- $200

Painter and Sculptor

April 2014

Joshua Kennard - $600

Visual Artist

 Beth Carlson- $200

Dance Instructor

March 2014

Jonathan Andujar - $200 


 James Miller - $200 


February 2014

Zisa Moglen - $200    


Matt Chmielarczyk - $200 


January 2014

Marie Bogan - $200


Elizabeth Stanbro - $200     

Art Support for Marginalized Teens 


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