Foundation grant provides Colorado Public Radio with arts news bureau and site

By Dru Sefton

Colorado Public Radio is adding an arts news bureau and online arts hub, using a $900,000 grant from Denver’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Max Wycisk, station president, said the grant will “transform the organization” by providing its first full news bureau and expanding music coverage.

The grant will fund three full-time staffers for three years: An arts editor and two full-time reporters, one specializing in broadcast reports and the other in digital content.

Coverage will include previews and stories about cultural organizations, funding and sustainability of the arts, and arts in education, as well as reviews, interviews, audio and video performances and events calendars. The new editorial team will produce articles, images and video. Hosts from the station’s two music services, CPR Classical and the new-music oriented OpenAir, also will contribute.

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