The Colorado Folk Arts Council (CFAC) was organized in June of 1968 by a group of culturally active individuals to represent organized groups of various elements of Folk Arts (music, dancing, crafts, etc.) that would be a clearing house of information, distribute information and sponsor workshops and other events of orientation and understanding of people and cultures. The CFAC was incorporated as a non-profit organization on July 28, 1969 in the State of Colorado.
The first activity of the CFAC was to help organize the ethnic group participation for the opening of the new convention center in Denver on May 18, 1969. The first Festival organized by the CFAC was held on the stage of the Central City Opera House on July 25, 1971. The annual International Heritage Festival was first presented at the DU arena in 1976 as part of the Colorado Centennial celebrations.
The CFAC works with governments, schools and businesses throughout the Denver area and Colorado to coordinate and present cultural entertainment and education. Presentations range from a single ethnic group presenting a 15-minute program to multi-day festivals including music, dance, singing and traditional crafts.
The CFAC receives its funding from grants, donations and commissions. The CFAC receives funding from the SCFD.
Ron Gehauf, PresidentFounding member of the CFAC and active member since its inception. Served a vice-president in 1970 and was elected president in 1971 serving until 1972. Returned as an officer of the board in 1992 and has served as president since 2000. Coordinates the programming for the International Heritage Festival and the Mini-festivals. Assists in handling requests for information and contacts about cultural dancing and in writing grant applications. Actively teaches of international and German folk dancing. Dance director of the Edelweiss Volkstanzgruppe (a sub-group of the T.E.V. Edelweiss Club). Founding member and past president of the North American Federation of German Folk Dancers. Member of the Order Sons of Italy in America.
Ms. Fajardo is an attorney by training. After spending several years working with inner city children and homeless families she decided that her first love, writing was a more effective way to use her skills. In 1996, the mother of seven, decided to write her first children's book based on cultural family foods. She turned her passion for working with children and young adults into a career as she began to teach writing, workshops and storytelling seminars. Today Ms. Fajardo is the co-author of two multi-cultural children's books; Holy Mole Guacamole (and other tummy tales) and Pinch A Lotta Enchiladas (and other tummy tales). Her third book, Chile Today, Hot Tamale (and other tummy tales) is due out 2004. She teaches storytelling, poetry, creative writing and fiction and non-fiction workshops. Her passion is to help young writers draw on their family and community ties to create a rich and vibrant world. She believes that writing is a craft that anyone can do. Her goal is to open the creative process for those that dare to try.
Colorado Folk Arts Council (a 501(c) organization) Mission To create and encourage the expressions of ethnic history as expressed in the folk arts. SCFD (Scientific and Cultural Facilities District) In November 1988 the voters in metropolitan Denver, Colorado established the SCFD to support scientific and cultural facilities within a six-county area. The District provides financial support to major institutions, performing arts organizations and small cultural organizations with a 0.1% sales tax. The CFAC receives funding from the SCFD.