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  Peak Arts Prize
  News release

   The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is announcing the launch of Peak Arts Prize, a broad-based community contest to fund great art that inspires fresh ideas and grows audiences. Peak Arts Prize will allocate awards from The Fund for the Arts, a fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. With the Cultural Office in the lead of that partnership, Fund for the Arts' resources can now be offered to eligible creative businesses — like art galleries, dance studios and individual artists — offering broader support to a diverse arts and cultural ecosystem.  
   Video applications will be accepted at through Feb. 15. The applications will be videos of less than five minutes, submitted as a YouTube link. The video application process offers a fresh perspective on the creatives in the community, allowing applicants to shine in a different way than in a traditional grant application. Learn more about the application process at
   Applications are invited in three categories:
   Large Arts Organizations (Prize: $7,500)
   Small Arts Organizations (Prize: $5,000)
   Individual Artists (Prize: $2,500) 
   After the application window closes, a panel of expert judges will select nine finalists (three finalists in each category). Those nine finalists will advance to online public voting at, from March 1 to March 15, when the community will decide which three projects to fund in 2018.
   Winners will be announced at a media event on March 21. The Cultural Office is designing and coordinating Peak Arts Prize with the support of partners Pikes Peak Library District, KOAA-TV and American Advertising Federation — COS. It is currently funded for two years — 2018 and 2019. 
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  Become a host family
  By Duane Slocum

   With the holidays behind us and 2018 a time for new adventures, should your family consider the blessings of hosting an exchange student from many different countries around the free world?
   The process begins in January for the following school year. Host families will learn about the program and opportunities to share their home with a smart, respectful guy or girl; the families can be located throughout the Pikes Peak region or in Pueblo.
   Duane Slocum, international coordinator for the International Student Exchange Agency, is looking for single parents, empty nesters or a traditional family with children. The exchange student will be from 15 to 18 years of age, capable of attending and competing in high school classes. Exchange students are required to pass English writing and speaking classes to be accepted into the program.
   Students arrive with health insurance, vaccinations and spending money. A host family is required to provide meals, a safe place to sleep and transportation to their high school. Slocum will help applicants complete an application, and also visit the home for an inspection and to complete the forms required by the state of Colorado.
   Anyone interested in more information should contact Slocum at 719-599-8955 or at
Air Force Lt. Col. Diana Bishop and her son, Matt, welcome Amanda, an exchange student from Columbia, to their home for the school year. Photos submitted
Duane Slocum and his wife go to the airport with each host family to welcome all of their exchange students. They are pictured here with Minori, from Japan, who attended Falcon High School.
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