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Helping Native American Artists

Helping Native American Artists Showcase Their Heritage in the Four Corners Region

Thanks to Alpine Bank’s Community Matching Fund, Native American artists in the Four Corners region of Colorado are successfully showcasing their art and heritage, says Susan Cimburek, the director of Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum. The museum recently started a new art show to support native artists as well as to foster the arts as an economic development driver for the region.

“Alpine Bank’s matching grant allowed us to build our public audience for the show, which is critical for our success,” she said. “Alpine Bank’s support also gives us community recognition of the value of our efforts. We are very grateful to them for their support.”

Two public radio stations in the area, North Fork Valley Public Radio (KVNF) and Four Corners Public Radio (KSUT), offer the grants to local nonprofits to get the word out about important community groups, events and programs.

Nonprofit KVNF has been engaging audiences for nearly 45 years in Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Mesa and Hinsdale counties.

“The support we have received from Alpine Bank over the years has bolstered our underwriting program by close to $50,000 since it started in 2016 and half of that was direct support from the bank to area nonprofits. The number of nonprofits who were awarded the matching fund and get their messages to listeners each year on KVNF averages around 12-14 annually,” said General Manager Ashley Krest. “We have the power of the airwaves to reach all sorts of people who may be catching us while passing through the service area or tune in to hear the voices of their friends and neighbors.”

The SUT in KSUT stands for Southern Ute Tribe, which founded KSUT in 1976 as one of the first tribally-founded public stations in the country.

“Since 2015, Alpine Bank has been a tremendous partner with KSUT for the Community Matching Fund,” said Executive Director Tami Graham. “We have been able to distribute 53 grants totaling $22,834. The fund helps local nonprofits by doubling the impact of their marketing dollars. Underwriting on KSUT is an effective tool for increasing the public’s awareness of local nonprofits in La Plata County and their missions, events, opportunities and needs.”



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