Denver County Cultural Council

The Denver County Cultural Council (DCCC) is a board authorized by the State of Colorado and appointed by Denver City Council to distribute Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Tier III revenues to science and cultural organizations in Denver. 13 ½% of Denver County's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) tax funds are granted to local arts, cultural and scientific nonprofit organizations annually. Each year the members of the DCCC review grant applications and determine the allocations to each qualifying Tier III organization.Denver City Council appoints this eleven-member cultural council. The council consists of a representative of Denver Arts & Venues, Visit Denver and Denver Public Schools, and eight members selected at-large from applications submitted by individuals interested in serving on the council. Members of the DCCC are residents of Denver, at least 21 years of age, not currently a volunteer or paid staff person of an organization applying for Tier III funding and willing to disclose any conflict of interest. They also reflect the ethnic, social, demographic and geographic diversity and composition of the City of Denver.

Denver County Cultural Council Members 2012-2013

Michael Uhlenkamp – Chair
Mike Uhlenkamp joined the Denver County Cultural Council in 2008 and currently serves as Chair of the Council.  Mike is passionate about volunteer work and being deeply involved in the community, donating his time in a variety of capacities. He is proud to be a founding board member of Lucent Performing Arts and is the principal builder of sets for Ignite Theatre. He also serves by Mayoral appointment on the Lowry Community Advisory Committee, assisting in the redevelopment of the former Lowry Air Force Base. He previously served on the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council and is a former board member of Articulture in Minneapolis, MN. In his regular course of employment, Uhlenkamp works for DIRECTV as Senior Manager of Call Center Operations in their Englewood Operations Center. For Mike, it is a true joy and honor to be involved in making a difference in the community and helping to make Denver and the surrounding region such an amazing place to live and visit.
303-324-0482
michaeluhlenkamp@yahoo.com

Dan Reagan – Vice Chair
Dan Reagan is Chief Operating Officer of Reagan Partnership, LLC based in Denver, Colorado. The company actively invests in direct business opportunities locally and nationally.  Its portfolio of investments includes real estate development, property management, real estate franchising, petroleum exploration and production, and beverage brokerage businesses. Prior to founding Reagan Partnership, Dan worked in Advanced Programs and Strategic Planning for Lockheed Martin’s Astronautics Group here in Denver, Colorado. He was responsible for Technology Integration and the administration of the Astronautics Group’s Independent Research & Development program. He joined Lockheed Martin in 1984 and played a role in a number of the companies businesses and technical operations.  Dan graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Construction Management in 1982.
303-592-7672
dsreagan@reaganpartnership.com

Pam Packer - Vice Chair
This is Pam Packer’s third year serving on the Denver County Cultural Council and is currently the Council Secretary.  Pam has over 20 years of experience in public outreach focusing on science education and natural resources management.  While working for a local nonprofit organization, she successfully applied for and was funded by SCFD in multiple counties for science education programming.  She also has a music background, having played in a hand bell choir, and marching band and concert band until she graduated from college.  Pam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Environmental Geography.
303-513-2462
pamscfd@gmail.com

 

Patsy Hunt – Denver Public Schools Appointee - Secretary
With an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Denver, Patricia (Patsy) Hunt has had an interesting career that has alternated between professional Non-Profit Development work and various entrepreneurial endeavors. She has been both Executive and Development Director of such organizations as Spaces, Inc, The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, and The Denver School of the Arts. And as the owner of Vitesse Enterprises, she has managed the businesses of a professional race car driver, a commercial photographer, and a world-class equestrian; has overseen the renovation/restoration/repurposing of historically significant commercial and residential properties; and has been involved in several successful retail and real estate ventures. Patsy also is the proud mother of a grown son who is both a professional chef and the Executive Director of the Louderthanwords Dance Theater, and of talented teenaged twins who both attend the School of the Arts.
patsy@fetedenver.com

Jayne Buck – Visit Denver Appointee
Jayne Buck has served as Vice President of Tourism for VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, since 1999. Prior to coming to Denver, Jayne served as Director of Tourism for St Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is responsible for all leisure marketing efforts for Denver, both domestically and internationally. She implements an annual $3 million+ consumer marketing campaign and also handles cultural tourism, multicultural tourism, GLBT efforts and international marketing initiatives. Within cultural tourism marketing efforts, Jayne oversees the Denver 365 online event calendar and the DENVER2for1TIX program. Both of these programs provide free marketing opportunities for arts organizations of all sizes in metro Denver. She has been involved in local arts organizations including serving on the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Board of Directors (serving as Chair in 2010), the Denver Theater District Board and the Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs. Jayne’s hobbies include partaking of Denver’s theater, dance, art galleries, etc., as well as jewelry making and visiting her 5 young grandchildren.
303-870-1354
jbuck@visitdenver.com

Rachel Cain
Rachel Cain serves as program manager for the Public Art Archive™ website, a project of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). In this role, Rachel leads the development of a national online database of public art collections working with an advisory team as well local arts agencies and individual artists to grow the project into the leading source for public art collections nationwide. Rachel was appointed to the Denver County Cultural Council in the fall of 2012. She also volunteers on the Art Grant Committee for Apogaea, Colorado's regional Burning Man event. Prior to WESTAF, Rachel worked with the City of Aurora's Art in Public Places program and the Poetry Out Loud Colorado Creative Industries (CCI). Rachel's Master of Social Science thesis project studied the impact of funding from the CCI on the cultural identity of the residents of Colorado. One project titled, Social Action Through Art, opened her eyes to the power of the arts as a vehicle for social change. She has since pursued the arts and remains focused on the impact of the arts in her personal experiences as well as in the local and global community.
RachelJCain@gmail.com

Don Eberle
Don Eberle, an attorney and former state legislator, has over 30 years of experience in the legal, business, and political arenas. Since 1991, he has been the principal in a private firm providing legal, management, and public policy expertise to clients in both the public and private sector. Don received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. He was a Harvard Scholar from the Gates Foundation in 1984 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  A life-long resident of Colorado, he has been active in community service and political affairs and involved and interested in a variety of activities, including the education of at-risk youth and advocacy for the homeless. Currently he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association, where he is involved in the Design Review Committee for the Golden Triangle. He was Chairman of Governor Romer's Task Force on the Homeless, as well as a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts and the Public Affairs Advisory Committee for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
303-837-1683
doneberle@netzero.net


 

Janann Eldredge
Janann Eldredge is a life-long creative sort. Passionate about the transformative power of the arts, Janann recognizes the value of arts education and supports arts integration.  A native of Lawrence, Kansas, she hails most recently from New Haven, CT.  After earning her MFA from Yale University, Janann came to Denver to work for the Denver Center of the Performing Arts. Janann’s love for Denver and interest in exploring the intersection of community and the arts lead her to return to graduate school.  Janann holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. After graduation, Janann participated in the year-long Leadership Arts program offered through the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. Additionally, she has volunteered for several local nonprofit organizations as well as has revived her own creative practices – most notably in photography and recycled mixed media assemblages. Janann brings an authentic leadership style and collaborative approach to any situation.  Janann champions the arts and makes it her personal mission to connect her newly-adopted hometown with opportunities for art making and art appreciation, for the benefit of the greater community.
730-842-7250
Janann.eldredge@gmail.com

Lee Gash-Maxey
Denver native, Lee Kathryn Gash-Maxey is an award-winning producer with more than 30 years of experience in cable, film and television production, production management, marketing, and business management. She is a founding partner of Three Sistahs, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  She has served on the Education Advisory Council for Denver Public Schools, the Task Force for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Five Points Media Center Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Shaka Franklin Foundation Luncheon. Lee graduated from Colorado State University, where she studied Speech and Theater Arts/Radio and Television Production.  She resides in Denver, CO with her husband, Thomas Maxey.
303-745-7634
lkmaxey@msn.com


 

Quintin Gonzalez
Quintín González lives and works in Denver Colorado. He earned his MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 1997 and he received his BFA in painting in 1994 from the Kansas City Art Institute. He is presently an Associate Professor, of Painting and Drawing in the Department of Visual Arts, College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Quintín works in the areas of painting, drawing and new media and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.
Quintin.Gonzalez@ucdenver.edu

Peter J. Kirsch
Peter J. Kirsch is a founding partner with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, with offices in Denver and Washington, DC.  In his practice, he most often represents local governments in environmental and land use negotiations and litigation concerning major public infrastructure projects   Outside his law practice, Mr. Kirsch has served on numerous charitable and not-for-profit boards. From 2004-2010, he served on the Board of Trustees of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, whose Board he chaired from 2006 to 2008.  From 2005-2012, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Denver.  Mr. Kirsch currently chairs the Board of Directors of Conservation Colorado and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land.  Mr. Kirsch has an active interest in governance of not-for-profit organizations and has assisted many organizations in leadership transitions of their executive directors and in mergers. He served as outside general counsel to Friends of the Earth in the early 1990s and advised the organization in its merger with two other environmental advocacy organizations.  A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Kirsch lives in Denver with his wife and three sons, all of whom have been educated in the Denver Public Schools.
pkirsch@kaplankirsch.com

DENVER SCFD Tier III Administration

Tariana Navas-Nieves
Manager of Cultural Programs
Denver Arts & Venues
720-865-4312
Tariana.Navas@denvergov.org

Nancy McCamey
Program Manager
SCFD
303.860.0588, ext. 112
nancy@scfd.org

DCCC Liaison List 

Dan Reagan
Centro Cultural Mexico dba Mexican Cultural Center 
Cherry Creek Theatre
City Park Jazz 
Colorado Watercolor Society
Denver Urban Gardens   
Denver Young Artists Orchestra  
Kantorei  
Kim Olson/Sweet Edge 
Su Teatro   
The Greenway Foundation   

Don Eberle
cm Dance 
Curious Theatre Company 
Denver Municipal Band 
Downtown Denver Arts Association dba Larimer Arts Association 
Kim Robards Dance   
Louder than Words Dancetheatre 
Mercury Ensemble  
TACtile Textile Arts Center 
VSA Arts of Colorado   

Janann Eldredge
ArtReach  
Colorado Friends Old Time Music/Dance  
Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Colorado Theatre Guild
Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras
Fiesta Colorado  
Four Mile Historic Park
Stories on Stage  
The Bug Performance & Media Arts Center 

Jayne Buck
American Guild of Organists 
Ballet Ariel   
Colorado Youth Pipe Band 
Environmental Learning for Kids   
Friends of Arts Street   
Junior Symphony Guild dba Inside the Orchestra   
Rocky Mountain Arts Association 
The Denver Brass 
The Harmony Project
  
Peter Kirsch
Baroque Chamber Orchestra 
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Cherry Creek Dance dba 7 Dancers
Denver March PowWow
Denver Rail Heritage Society
Germinal Stage
Governors Residence Preservation Fund
TEPE dba The Playground
Up Close and Musical

Lee Gash-Maxey
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival 
Columbine Chorale
CORE New Arts Space 
Denver Firefighters Museum 
Hannah Kahn Dance Company 
Harmony - A Colorado Chorale 
National Honor Band dba Colorado Honor Band 
Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League dba PHAMALY   
Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir
Sound of the Rockies

Patsy Hunt
Augustana Arts 
Denver Turnverein Chorus dba One World Singers 
Egyptian Study Society  
Lighthouse Writers Workshop   
Mountain Chamber Music Society  
Museo de las Americas 
RedLine
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir 
The Urban Farm at Stapleton

Pam Packer  
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave 
Chicano Arts Humanities Council   
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts 
Denver Philharmonic Orchestra  
EDGE Gallery   
Empire Lyric Players  
PlatteForum   
Rocky Mountain Ringers  

Rachel Cain
Art from Ashes  
Asian Art Coordinating Council   
Buntport Theatre 
David Taylor Dance Theatre dba Dawson Wallace Dance Project 
Friends of Chamber Music  
Historic Denver dba Molly Brown House Museum 
Mile High Freedom Band 
New Dance Theatre dba Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 

Quintin Gonzalez
Alliance Francaise 
Art Students League of Denver   
ASIFA - Colorado 
Colorado Chamber Players 
Colorado Chorale   
Denver Architectural Foundation 
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys 
Mostly Strauss Orchestra dba Denver Pops Orchestra   
The Spirituals Project