Articipate earned Business of the Month honors for January from Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce.
The first honor of the year went to Trevor “Bones” Davis and company because of their involvement and dedication to the community, said Lori Roberts, chamber executive director.
Articipate provides scholarships to local youth and adults for “artistic endeavors.” In 2016 Articipate provided $3,012.50 for “activities such as photography classes, music lessons, dance classes, writer’s workshops, ensemble opportunities and acrobatic training.”
Roberts said “people blossom” with what Articipate provides to the community.
“You’ve really changed the face and opportunities for so many people,” Roberts told Davis.
Davis said he and his wife, Jill, started the organization in 2007 to “fill the gap for the artistic experience” available and provide more opportunities for those who desire them.
“We started offering school performances and then we started partnering with the Boys & Girls Club,” Davis said. “We provided classes for kids so we could give them something to do rather than just hang out,” he said.
They developed a group for kids called the Wooden Raindrops, which is now the marimba band, and that grew into an adult marimba band and a rock school.
The programs are self-sustaining, but Davis said if someone isn’t able to afford them, Articipate provides scholarships.
“Funding is always the hard part, but we have a very talented board,” Davis said. “We’re really excited to have a brand new administrative director in Mary Sandell, and she is phenomenal. She’s been writing grants for us, and so our fundraising keeps getting stronger and stronger.”
For more information on Articipate visit Articipate.net.