The Aspen Community School, currently in its final phase of fundraising for a new campus, moved closer to its capital campaign goal with a two-part gift of $250,000 from the John Denver Aspenglow Fund. The donation was made in the memory of Aspen’s adopted son, singer-songwriter John Denver, and will provide vital funding for the school’s new music learning center, which will be named the “John Denver Music and Performing Arts Hall.”
“The Aspenglow Fund represents the spirit of John Denver and this valley, and their commitment to our school and music program recognizes the vital importance of the performing arts in public education,” said Skye Skinner, executive director of the Aspen Community School. “We are honored to receive this gift, which elevates our campaign beyond our immediate school community and will, we hope, inspire others to get involved.”
The donation comes after the school, on May, 1, 2013, succeeded in meeting a $4.2 million state challenge grant for new facilities, known as BEST funding which, along with $4.9 million in community giving, brought the campaign total up to $9.1 million. The school, which had just eight months to meet the challenge, raised the highest match in BEST history without a bond or financing.
The gift kicks off Phase II of the Aspen Community School’s “I Believe” campaign to raise a final $4 million that will cover aspects of the campus construction that are ineligible for state funding.
The Phase II funding will allow for the full realization of the campus, including elements such as a music and performing arts hall, a pedestrian-centric campus, green spaces for playing fields, outdoor classrooms, sledding hill and school commons and four employee housing units.