If you’ve seen a concert at the Arvada Center this summer, you may have noticed a special visitor not dressed for warm weather. Popsicle the Polar Bear, the mascot for Denver’s Science and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), has been greeting visitors and getting the word out about an important upcoming vote – Yes on SCFD!
SCFD is an essential element in today’s vibrant arts, science and cultural offerings across the Denver metro area. It funds over 300 organizations across metro Denver! A one penny on $10 sales tax raises funds, 99.25% of which go towards organizations like the Arvada Center.
This voter-approved tax is up for renewal on the November 2016 ballot — measure 4B. The measure will ask voters in seven counties, including Jefferson county, to keep the district going for another 12 years. The Arvada Center relies on funding from SCFD to provide excellent programming year in and year out.
In 1988, metro Denver voters approved a first-of-its-kind dedicated sales tax to supplement government support for science, art and cultural organizations in the state. Today, SCFD funding continues to be unique across the nation and it has a big impact.
SCFD by the numbers:
- The Arvada Center received $1,122,316 in 2015 and 1,039,077 in 2014, providing a significant impact on the Center’s annual revenue.
- SCFD organizations see 14.6 million visitors annually
- 25 million students have access to educational and cultural experiences because of SCFD supported organizations
- 25,000 schoolchildren participated in Arvada Center Arts Day and outreach programs – 28% of which were low-income students or students with disabilities
- SCFD organizations generate $1.85 billion in annual economic activity
- They create 10,205 jobs in the community and spur $520 million in tourism
- SCFD funding allows cultural organizations to offer more than 100 free days a year
We hope you pledge to vote Yes! on SCFD in November 2016!
SCFD has many volunteer opportunities available – check out their website to learn more!