SCFD—Making it Possible at DAM
The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) is metro Denver’s unique commitment to its arts, cultural and scientific organizations. Since its 1989 inception and initial voter approval, taxpayers’ SCFD dollars fund world-class cultural programming for all ages.
SCFD is a voter-approved penny sales tax on every $10 purchase within the seven-county metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties), annually distributing about $50 million in operations funding. These dollars support access and programming at about 300 unique institutions serving millions of people each year.
SCFD Organizations in 2014
- Served more than 13 million people
- Served more than 1.1 million students with school programs
- Provided more than 4.3 million free visits
- Provided more than 10,000 jobs* to regional residents
- Generated $1.85 billion* in economic activity (*According to Colorado Business Committee for the Arts 2014 Cultural Economic Impact Survey)
SCFD-funded organizations serve every school district within SCFD’s boundaries with educational programs.
DAM and SCFD
Many of the programs SCFD supports provide free and discounted public access, including the Denver Art Museum’s Free First Saturdays. SCFD dollars enable the museum to present world-class art exhibitions and programs, including Becoming Van Gogh, and 2016/2017 presentations of Glory of Venice, and Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.
Most importantly, SCFD funds enable the preservation and conservation of the museum’s collection of 70,000 art objects from cultures around the world, enabling them to be enjoyed now and in the future.
Voters have repeatedly chosen to invest in a vibrant cultural community, renewing the SCFD funding for public access to arts and culture in 1994 and 2004. In November 2016, the renewal of SCFD will be on the general election ballot for renewal again. Please consider supporting public access to the programs and exhibits you love at the Denver Art Museum and other cultural organizations.