Shivers African American Historical and Cultural Collection at PPLD

Shedding Light

Creative work of Clarence Shivers


To Shivers Fund

We welcome you to our new and improved website. We are excited about the new look, so we would appreciate it if you could take a little time to kindly browser the various sections of our site which provide a glimpse into the history of the Shivers Fund.

Over the past two and a half years, as the country and world struggled through a pandemic, we had to put our concert series on hold.  However, the Shivers Fund and Concert Series will be returning soon. We will be presenting individual concerts, contributing to the African-American collection at the library, awarding grants and scholarships to students, and encouraging young people who have an interest in the arts.

The late Col. Shivers and I understood the importance of telling African-American history accurately and thoroughly.  In 1993 we created the Shivers African-American Historical and Cultural Collection at the Pikes Peak Library District.

We hope that you will join us in our effort to create educational and cultural outreach opportunities for students and the community in general.  In addition to providing funds to expand the African American Historical and Cultural Collection at Pikes Peak Library District, we also sponsor concerts, and workshops, provide grants and organize outings for students each year.  We have made it possible for students to attend the National Association of Negro Musicians convention.  In short, our goal is to expose and encourage young people to participate in and enjoy the Arts. Our programs also bring a cross-section of the Colorado Springs community together in a musical environment.

This project would not be possible without the support of sponsors and friends.  We greatly appreciate their help in keeping this project alive and viable since 1993.

Our Vision and Objectives

Paying it Forward

Provide scholarships to young people interested in the study of classical performing and visual arts.

Preserving an art

Present classical concerts showcasing grant recipients and professional African-Americans talents.

Our Commitment

Expand contributions to Pikes Peak Library District through materials, workshops, and other educational presentations.

Community Impact

Provide opportunities for the community to come together in celebration of History, Culture, and the Arts

“...our goal is to expose and encourage young people to participate in and enjoy the Arts.”

Sun., July 31 | 4 p.m.
Colorado College | Packard Hall
Southwest corner of Cascade Ave.
and Cache La Poudre Street

Enjoy refreshments and meet the artists after the concert.

Returning on Sun., July 31, after a two-year absence

Shivers Concert Series at PPLD presents:

“An Evening of Inspirational Word and Song” in honor of Ms. Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” featuring special guest Ms. Gigi Coleman, great grandniece of Bessie Coleman the first female African American pilot.

This year’s concert is being offered at no charge. Seating is limited, however, RSVPs are still required.