Our Genesis

Our Genesis
The Front Range of the Rockies

Our Mission: To enrich our community by supporting activities which showcase the arts and preserve the region's unique history.

In the spring of 2002 an informal group of Tri-Lakes area residents met to address what they saw as a lack of local support for the arts and historic preservation. They set out for themselves three tasks:

1) Through sponsorship, fundraising and donations create a continuous source of funding for the arts and history of the Tri-Lakes region;

2) Create annual events focusing on the Tri-Lakes valued heritage and featuring the fine arts, and;

3) Be supported by a majority of the local groups and organizations, thereby encouraging a sense of community.

While the corporation does have a President, Vice President and Secretary Treasurer, the organization functions on a day-to-day basis as a collegial group. The Steering Committee has included representatives from the Lewis-Palmer School District, Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Sertoma, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake Historical Society and Vaile Museum, Tri-Lakes Women�s Group, Palmer Lake Art Group, Tri-Lakes Kiwana, Woodmoor Improvement Association and the towns of Palmer Lake and Monument, along with citizens, business owners and artists from the region. The Steering committed generally meets on a monthly basis. It is this Committee that determines what activities will be undertaken and how the funds raised will be allocated.

Tri-Lakes Views has undertaken a series of fundraising activities since its inception. Initially the group focused on a series of juried art shows held at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. Prizes were awarded and Best of Show artwork was used in subsequent marketing and public relations materials.

After the 2005 show, TLV shifted its focus to public art and is undertaking a series of public art projects. The ARTWalls Project was the first and is followed by ARTSites, a series of public sculpture exhibits. The goal is to have the pieces become permanent installations throughout the community.

Tri-Lakes Views, Inc. operates under IRS identification number 72-1547045. Articles of Incorporation as a not-for-profit were filed with the Secretary of the State of Colorado on February 19, 2003 by incorporators Sky Hall, Rebecca Hendrickson and Betty Konarski and was awarded ID# 20031056588. Amended Articles of Incorporation were filed in October, 2003 in order to fulfill qualifications for the 501(c)3 designation. That designation was granted by a notification letter from the US IRS on November 20, 2003. An anti-discrimination amendment was added to the by-laws on February 12, 2004. The officially designated business address is 350 Raspberry Lane, Monument, CO 80132 and the mailing address is PO Box 2564, Monument, CO 80132.