Clarence and Peggy Shivers inaugurated the Shivers African-American Historical and Cultural Collection in 1993 with a substantial gift. A major fund raiser – the Shedding Light Celebration – was held over the Thanksgiving holiday biennially. These Celebrations have been extremely successful and are the major source of funding to fulfill the educational enrichment mission.
Annually expands the African-American Historical and Cultural Collection at Pikes Peak Library District
Created an Endowment to support the mission of the Shivers Fund<
Sponsors a concert series showcasing young artist
Sponsors Classical Chat with Youth Workshops following each concert
Awards a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving youth annually
Provides grants for student participation in the Music Festival at Colorado College, the Vocal Arts Symposium at Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale
Provided small grants to various youth and organizations within the community
Collaborated with the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra (A Shivers Fund alumni was guest artist at the concert)
Returning on Sun., July 31, after a two-year absence
“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.