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Fund to honor Judy Noyes will bring more art to downtown Colorado Springs

By: Ned B. hunter ned.hunter@gazette.com
October 23, 2013 Updated: October 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm
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She was known for bringing the arts to downtown.

Now, a memorial fund named in her honor will help continue her legacy.

Judy Noyes, who died in June, was a longtime downtown businesswoman who co-founded the Art on the Streets program in 1998 to bring artwork to the city center each year.

On Wednesday, Community Ventures board member Michael Collins announced that the nonprofit has established the Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund to help raise donations to buy more permanent artwork for display in downtown. Collins made the announcement during the 16th annual Downtown Partnership Breakfast with the Mayor, an event that drew a record number of about 400 business leaders, city and county officials and other movers and shakers to the Antlers Hotel.

"Community Ventures and the (downtown) art would not have happened without her," said Collins, who also is on the board of the Downtown Partnership. Community Ventures is an affiliate of the Downtown Partnership.

Community Ventures has already put $12,000 in donations into the memorial fund.

Noyes was 81 when she died from heart failure. She and her husband, Dick, were best known as owners and operators of the popular Chinook Bookshop downtown for 45 years, until it closed in 2004. She also served on city council, where she used her position to help advance the arts, culture, open space and the environment.

"She had a tireless energy," Collins said, and "could bring diverging opinions together on contentious items, especially art."

Susan Edmondson, president of the Downtown Partnership, said the memorial fund was the perfect way to remember Noyes "because all new works we purchase in the future will bear her name, and it's also a great way for others who want to remember Judy fondly to do so."

Under the Art on the Streets program, artwork is displayed downtown for 12 months, then replaced by different pieces. The program also has purchased 20 pieces over the years that are a permanent part of downtown. The project is funded entirely by private and corporate donations.

To donate to the Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund, send a check or money order to the Downtown Partnership, 111 S. Tejon St. Suite 404 Colorado Springs, Co. 80903. Checks should be made payable to Community Ventures, with a note in the memo field stating that the money is for the Noyes fund. Credit card donations can be made by calling the Downtown Partnership at 886-0088.

The organization is a nonprofit, so most donations are tax deductible. Donations of $500 or more also are eligible for the state's Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, Edmondson said.

Shining 'stars'

Also at Wednesday's breakfast, the Downtown Partnership gave out three of its new "Downtown Stars Awards" to:

-Susan Godec, owner of the Phancy Pheasant a home interiors shop on Tejon Street, for spearheading the placement of more than 40 downtown flowerpots;

-Greg Warnke, manager of the city's Parking Enterprise, "for his 'can do' attitude to finding solutions and his willingness to lend extra support to make downtown better."

- Colorado Springs Urban Intervention, an organization of volunteers, for "projects that have enlivened downtown," including the formation of the Curbside Cuisine food truck station at Platte and Nevada avenues.

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Contact Ned Hunter: 636-0275.

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