Popsicle the Bear mascot with SCFD logo and text Culture for All.

Popsicle Champions Art, Science & Cultural Programs

In the waning days of August, Denver Art Museum visitors are squeezing in visits to Rhythm & Roots and busting moves in #dancelab as back-to-school shopping and the coming NFL season wait in the wings. Summer is officially winding down, but the heat is turning up on the campaign to renew the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). SCFD is the taxpayer-approved mechanism for providing public access to arts and cultural facilities like the DAM. This November, regional voters will have the opportunity to renew SCFD and continue the world-class arts programming they’ve enjoyed for more than 25 years.

See the new renewal effort designs and logos here first! In the new designs, Popsicle the Bear, the SCFD mascot, seems happier – probably because organizations funded through this one cent on $10 sales tax saw more than 15 million visits last year, as well as 4.25 million student visits and 5.2 million FREE visits to arts, scientific and other cultural experiences.

Since 1989, SCFD’s minimal sales tax has paid maximum dividends to the region’s residents, driving tourism and boosting the economy. At the DAM, SCFD funding helps us provide enriched programs and family festivals and preserve collections.

Keep an eye out for Popsicle in the coming weeks leading toward Election Day! Better yet, consider signing up to host Popsicle at your place with a renewal yard sign or volunteer your time toward the effort.

Infographic illustrating all of the cultural programs that SCFD supports through funding.

Kristy Bassuener is the director of communication and public affairs at the Denver Art Museum.

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