Hard Job Open: No Pay Available

Want to spend countless hours over the next few years arguing with a bunch of strangers about how many nickels and dimes will be spent for this bagpipe band or that puppet theater -- and receive no monetary compensation for your efforts? If so, serving on the Denver County Cultural Council (DCCC) is the job for you -- and they've got an opening.

The DCCC is a group of volunteer citizens charged with the task of divvying up the Tier III money provided by the revenues generated by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District sales tax.

Though the SCFD program provides money for the biggest operations in town, like the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Zoo, both in Tier I, and for mid-sized facilities in Tier II such as the Colorado Symphony and the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, the Tier III organizations are completely different. They’re the small, grassroots outfits that survive financially by the skin of their teeth and include such things as the Denver Bach Society and the Curious Theater Company.

And now, members of the City Council have announced a single vacancy on the eleven-member DCCC, and they’re looking to fill it. The council is seeking someone who is active in the community or has experience in the arts, culture, science or history. People who wish to serve on the DCCC need to be a resident of Denver, be at least 21 years old, not be involved with any group applying for Tier III funds, and be willing to disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

The position has a three-year term, renewable for another three years, and will be available beginning October 1. Application forms may be found at www.denvergov.org/CityCouncil or by calling 303-860-0360. The deadline is 5 p.m. on August 8. The chosen applicant will be appointed by resolution of the City Council. -- Michael Paglia

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