We’re a Telluride, Colorado, non-profit. We take on local, social issues through the creative performing lens, in whichever medium suits our purpose. It could be theater, film, music or dance and maybe more. We believe that by engaging audiences through the arts creates stronger communities.
taming wild thoughts, a dance/theater project featuring Valerie Madonia and Jennie Franks is currently in rehearsal but -
Due to the Covid 19 virus, we are delaying our production till 2021.
We are planning something special for you next year. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, we have just awarded our fifth SPARKy Latina Scholarship to Brenda Gutierrez Ruiz. She will be going to Fort Lewis to become a teacher. Please consider donating to the Scolarship Fund.
We've just had our first SPARKy Scholarship Graduate, Cindy Matamoros. After receiving a wonderful job offer, Cindy has moved to Oklahoma. She is also part of our SPARKy Family mentoring young Latinas throughout their college lives. We not only give money to help the girls but we're with them every step of the way, to ensure their success.
Please consider donating to our Scholarship Fund to help us continue to help young girls succeed.
Jennie Franks is an English actor, playwright and lyricist. She has performed on the London stage and on television and film. In New York she performed her one woman show STUCK and Dr. Freeman and Hilda. In 2016 she wrote The Hispanic Women’s Project in order to shine awareness on the lives of local, Hispanic women in the community. Through the production The SPARKy Latina Scholarship Fund was created.
Valerie Madonia has had a 20-year professional dancing career. She has also performed throughout the Rocky Mountains + Southwestern Colorado with her own project based company, Alpine Dance. She has appeared in six PBS Dance in America Specials and is featured in four dance books. In 1998 she founded the Telluride Dance Academy, now Palm Arts Dance.
The Sparky Board
Rachel Shaw Bowers | President
Alan Towbin | Treasurer
Jennie Franks | Artistic Director
Lisa Andrews | Secretary
Barbara Hinterkopf | Fundraising
Melanie McGlade | Fundraising
Ashley Williamson | Student Mentor Advisor
Cindy Matamoros (Student Advisor)
The Hispanic Women's Project
To date SPARKy has sent four girls to college and is committed to continuing to help young Latinas go to college by supporting them throughout their college years in all ways.
Please consider donating to SPARKy...
...so we can keep producing relevant, extraordinary theater and keep sending young Latinas off to college. The SPARKy Latina Scholarship Fund is managed by The Telluride Foundation. If you would like to be involved in these amazing young women’s lives by helping and mentoring them, please contact us.
The Latina Scholarship Fund
The SPARKy Latina Scholarship Fund aims to honor promising, young Latinas and raise awareness of the contributions of Hispanic women in the Telluride region, by providing scholarships to Latina graduates of Telluride and Norwood High Schools.
Please consider donating to SPARKy..
PasT Recipient's Stories
I wanted to thank each and every one of you for helping me every step of the way. You have inspired me to keep pushing and follow my dreams. I am about to be the first in my family to graduate from college! I am a young Hispanic female graduating in December. It brings tears to my eyes because I never thought I would financially be able to be here but with your help, you have helped me succeed and be able to finish school. No words could ever say thank you enough because truly I am grateful for everything y’all have done for me.
I would like to thank you and the organization for giving me the opportunity of continuing my studies. It has shown me I can grow as a person and student. Thank you for supporting me.