Durango opens application period for art and location projects up to $50,000 – The Durango Herald

Tenant tax revenue to support murals, performances, festivals and installations

The chalk is used to make art on the sidewalks east of Seventh Street. Durango has opened an application period for the Lodger’s Tax: Arts and Culture Fund to support art, venues and capital projects. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Durango artists, performers and musicians have the opportunity to obtain project funding from Lodger’s Tax: Arts & Culture Fund. Applications for the first funding period will remain open until June 30.

Applicants could receive between $5,000 and $50,000 depending on the scope and usefulness of their project.

A small portion of the taxes tourists and visitors pay to stay at Durango hotels and short-term rentals are donated to local artists in the form of city funding for projects that contribute to public art and promoting the arts in Durango.

Funding comes from a 3.25% increase in tenant tax voters passed in April 2021. Fourteen percent of tenant tax revenue was dedicated to arts and cultural organizations, while 20% of revenue was applied to the city’s public transit and 55% of the revenue was spent on tourism marketing.

Funding for approved arts projects must comply with the city council’s tax policy, which the council approved in January. Basically, the tax applied to arts and cultural events, programs and facilities must be presented to the city council for approval by the Creative Economy Commission.

Specifically, City Council tax policy requires projects to expand art displayed in public and in businesses; improve performance venues, rehearsal spaces and creative work/live places; and advancing civic and community dialogue on creative issues.

All approved projects are expected to improve Durango’s quality of life and cannot require long-term budgets that would restrict future city council decisions, according to the policy.

A full list of eligible projects is available on the funding application at https://bit.ly/3z1BB5i.

The first funding application period is open until June 30 and a second is open until August 31.

cburney@durangoherald.com

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