Cultural Council

Number of Members: Nine
Term Length: Three years
Appointment Process: Three per Commissioner District
Description: Appointed to determine the distribution of Tier III sales tax proceeds as provided for in the Scientific and Cultural Facilities Act. Also promote long-term development and diversity of the scientific and cultural resources available to residents of Douglas County.
Meets: Usually the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
Printable 2015 Calendar and Meeting ScheduleCultural Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Staff contact: Dan Dertz 303-814-4399
Members Term Expires
Debbie Lewis
District I
January 2017
District I
January 2018
Mary Ann Evans
District I
January 2016
Jack Christensen
District II
January 2017
Betty Coll
District II
January 2016
Heidi Bowman
District II
January 2017
Ann Speer
District III
January 2016
Krista Simonson
District III
January 2017
Nili Benson
District III
January 2018

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Mission Statement

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



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.


  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.

Grant Guidelines for 2015

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.  

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.

If you have questions about a particular board, committee or commission, please contact the staff person listed or you may also call the Commissioners’ Office at 303.660.7401.

Application Information

  • Application for Appointment for Citizen Advisory Boards – If you are interested in applying for one of the advisory boards, please complete this online form. It will be submitted to staff for review.
  • Boards, Commissions and Committees Code of Conduct
  • Douglas County Volunteer Connect – Volunteer Connect of Douglas County, Colorado is a community resource provided by the Partnership of Douglas County Governments. The purpose of this site is to bring organizations in need of volunteers in touch with the individuals in our community who are looking for ways to help. The Volunteer Connect website is designed as a “one-stop shop” for volunteers to search and sign up for opportunities that match their area of interest, location and schedule.