She was known for bringing the arts to downtown.
Now, a memorial fund named in her honor will help continue her legacy.
Judy Noyes, who died in June, cofounder the Art on the Streets program cq in 1998. The program brings various styles of sculptures and other artworks to the downtown area each year. Under the program, the artwork is displayed for 12 months and then replaced by different pieces. The program also is responsible for purchasing 20 pieces over the years that are now a permanent part of downtown. The project is funded entirely by private and corporate donations.
On Wednesday, Downtown Partnership and Community Ventures board member Michael Collins announced the group had established Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund to help raise donations to increase the number of works of art in downtown. Collins made the announcement during the 16th annual Downtown Partnership Breakfast with the Mayor held at the Antlers Hotel.
“Community Ventures and the (downtown) art would not have happened without her,” Collins said.
Noyes was 81 when she died from heart failure. She and her husband, Dick, were best known as owners and operators of the popular Chinook Bookshop downtown for 45 years, until it closed in 2004. The book store was on Tejon Street across from Acacia Park. She also was a city council, where she used her position to help advance the arts, culture, open space and the environment.
“She had a tireless energy,” Collins said and “could bring diverging opinions together on contentious items, especially art.”
Those wanting to donate to the memorial fund can send checks or money orders to the Downtown Partnership at 111 S. Tejon St. Suite 404 Colorado Springs, Co. 80903.
Checks should be made payable to Community Ventures. A note in the check’s memo field stating the money is for the Noyes fund is sufficient.
Donations can also be made by most credit cards by calling the Downtown partnership at: 886-0088. The organization is a nonprofit, so most donations are tax deductible.
Donations of $500 or more usually are eligible for the state’s Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. A tax credit given to those who make donations to state designated nonprofits and others that participate in economic development, said Susan Edmondson, president of the Downtown Partnership.