A Brief History of the Fine Arts Foundation
In the 1960’s, Mrs. Charles Tate and Mrs. Robert Green, along with the Denver Civic Ballet Guild, conceived the idea of having an annual Ball recognizing young ladies for their accomplishments in the community. The first Ball was held in 1969 at Cherry Hills Country Club.
Subsequently, a desire to support all forms of cultural arts endeavors resulted in the formation of the Fine Arts Foundation in 1986, under the leadership of Mrs. Richard Hartman and Mrs. Charles Tate. The Fine Arts Foundation held its first fund raiser, The Summer Debutante Ball, the following June. In 1989, the Foundation established the Citizen of the Arts award to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions and involvement in the arts community. In 2000, the Foundation’s first Jubilee was held to honor the citizen of the Arts. In 2001, the Foundation moved the location of The Summer Debutante Ball to the University of Denver’s Graduation Green. The new Robert and Judi Newman Performing Arts Center at the University of Denver includes the Fine Arts Foundation Recital Hall Green Room.
The money raised by the Fine Arts Foundation is used to fund our grant recipients. In 1996, an Endowment Fund was established, which has been managed by the Denver Foundation since 2004.
The Fine Arts Foundation continues its long and proud tradition of contributing to the Arts of Colorado.