Cultural Council


Cultural Council Members

The Douglas County Cultural Council has nine members – three from each Commissioner district.

Art Encounters – Public Art Selection Process

The Committee functions under the direction of the Douglas County Cultural Council and selects the art and determines which art goes in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker.   The Committee members are representatives from Douglas County that select artwork from applications submitted for this program. The displayed work is identified with the artist name, title of piece, year and the Art Encounters logo.

Mission Statement

To serve a diverse citizenry through access, research, and communication, thereby facilitating the development of cultural opportunities in arts, sciences and history.


  1. The Douglas County Cultural Council, in collaboration with the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and other partners, will create and promote an aggressive calendar of robust public arts exhibits and performances for the entertainment and education of communities throughout Douglas County.
  2. The Douglas County Cultural Council will identify opportunities to strengthen the cultural vitality of Douglas County by initiating, coordinating and advocating for projects that accomplish that purpose.
  3. The Douglas County Cultural Council will identify and cultivate the resources needed to implement this Douglas County Cultural Plan.


The Douglas County Cultural Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Douglas County Philip S. Miller Bldg., 100 Third St. in Castle Rock, unless otherwise noted on the meeting schedule.

Printable 2014 Calendar and Meeting Schedule
This printable calendar includes Douglas County Cultural Council regular meetings with dates and locations and Grant Application deadlines and other important dates.

Cultural Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Grant Information

Since 1989, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history.

SCFD Eligibility

Only eligible organizations may apply for SCFD funds. Visit SCFD Eligibility to learn about eligibility requirements.

Final Grant Reports

Funds provided for distribution by the SCFD are public funds. Therefore reporting must be completed to assure accountability of the funds received.

New IRS Filing Requirements for Small Organizations:

Organizations with gross receipts (revenues) below $25,000 have not previously been required to file IRS Form 990. These organizations are now required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard. The first e-Postcards are due in 2008 for tax years ending on or after December 31, 2007. The e-Postcard is due by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of your tax year.  New 990 Requirements Q & A.

Organizations seeking updated IRS letters affirming their 501c3 status that there are only two ways to do this:

  • Call 1-877-829-5500 (toll free) and have their employer Identification Number (EIN) ready and that they be mailed an updated affirmation letter (be prepared to wait on hold for up to half an hour)
  • Fax (1-513-263-4330, NOT toll free) a letter to the IRS requesting and updated 501c3 affirmation letter. Request must include the name of the organization, the EIN and the address to which the letter should be mailed.

Mini-Grant Applications

You may be eligible to fill out a Mini-Grant application form. The Mini-Grant application is a greatly abbreviated version of the full application. Please visit the  web site for more information.

Grant applicants are also reminded to attend at least one of the SCFD grant workshops. Applicants may also sign up for interviews at the workshops. Visit SCFD for more workshop dates and locations.

Douglas County Cultural Council Contact Information

Dan Dertz

Douglas County Cultural Council Adopted Policies

  • Assistance for Art Encounters

    The Douglas County Cultural Council (DCCC) initiated a program to create a common cultural Douglas Countywide theme that focused on public art.

  • Technical Assistance for Cultural Venues

    The Douglas County Cultural Council (DCCC) received a request for funding of technical assistance in planning a cultural facility. This is the first time a request for technical assistance was received by the DCCC and as such felt that its response would establish consistency/precedence under which this and subsequent request of this type of request handled.

Additional Resources

County Administration

100 Third Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303.660.7401
Fax: 303.484.4344

Douglas DeBord
County Manager

Barbara Drake
Deputy County Manager

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Douglas County Cultural Council

Contact Information

Dan Dertz, Planning Services

100 Third Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-814-4399

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.