The German Cultural Foundation was formed in 1994 to provide an organization to support the German community and its cultural events in Colorado.
For more than 20 years, the Foundation has supported the annual Denver Christkindlmarket hosted and produced by the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter and has watched it grow from a 3-day event in the early years to this year’s 30 plus-day event at its location at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.
In 2016 the Foundation was instrumental in arranging for the Bavarian Philharmonic Orchestra and it conductor, Maestro Mark Mast, to enter into a long-term relationship with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. The relationship will lead to exchanges of ideas for reaching out to younger audiences, musician and conductor exchanges and the exposure of the orchestras members to American and German culture. The Foundation is especially proud of this project and looks forward to helping to underwrite the cost of the cultural exchange in the coming years.
Over the years, the Foundation has worked with Colorado high schools to encourage and support German language programs. In 2023 the Foundation plans to expand its support of German language programs through grants directly to schools teaching German, teachers of German and students who are learning German. The Foundation plans to work with the American Association of Teachers of German (Colorado and Wyoming) to support their programming in Colorado and Wyoming.