The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) is metro Denver’s unique commitment to its arts, cultural, and scientific organizations. Since its inception in 1989 and initial voter approval, taxpayer dollars have funded world-class, all-ages cultural programming across Denver.
SCFD is a voter-approved penny sales tax on every $10 purchase within the seven-county metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties), annually distributing more than $60 million in operations funding. These dollars support access and programming at about 300 unique institutions serving millions of people each year.
SCFD Organizations in 2020
- Served 15 million people
- Engaged 4.3 million children
- Provided 11,820 creative sector jobs
- Generated $1.9 billion in economic activity
SCFD-funded organizations serve every school district within SCFD’s boundaries with educational programs.
The DAM and SCFD
SCFD dollars provide support for free days, access programming, and operations, as well as enabling the museum to present world-class exhibitions and programs. This support from regional voters also funds the preservation and conservation of the museum’s collection of 70,000 art objects from cultures around the world, enabling them to be enjoyed now and in the future.
* Service statistics provided by SCFD.org and the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts 2021 Economic Activity Study.