Passion and persistence for a worthy cause was recently rewarded when Park County resident Ann Lukacs received certification as a Colorado Change Leader. The award was presented by Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries, at a dinner hosted by the Colorado Change Leader Institute in Salida.
Certification as a Change Leader is a state recognition from Governor Jared Polis.
After completion of the Change Leader course, each participant is charged with conception and development of a project to affect positive change in their community before receiving full certification. Lukacs’ special project was the establishment of the Park County Creative Alliance, a county-wide, on-going program to “Unite Park County Through the Arts.”
The Alliance, which was incorporated in December of 2018, received a grant from the Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts, providing the necessary seed money to form the organization.
The Colorado Change Leader Institute creates a statewide network for creative professionals and community leaders, and supports CCI’s goal of enabling cultural and community leaders to work through environmental and organizational change. The Change Leader Institute offers an opportunity for professional development and teaches communication skills that can help leaders leverage and facilitate change in our communities.
“The Change Leader training is a great opportunity for individuals to gain leadership skills that can help organizations and communities grow,” said Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries. “They also become part of a larger network of people committed to positive change in communities through the arts and creative development.”
Selections for the Institute are based on candidates’ passion and commitment to leadership and community-building through the arts. The class is comprised of leaders from both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, as well as artists and entrepreneurs representing geographic locales from around Colorado.
Colorado’s Creative Industries Division, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.