Rebecca’s Fund for Children and the Arts

Mailing Address:
PO Box 624
Westcliffe, CO 81252

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Contact: Terri Wiebke


Rebecca’s Fund (RF) – Art for Children of the Wet Mountain Valley was founded in memory of  Rebecca Samuelson and her passions: children, art, and our beautiful valley. RF promotes visual arts by funding art education, experiences, and scholarships with the emphasis on children and young adults in the Wet Mountain Valley. We work closely with the school and conduct our own programs which are open to everyone. 

Rebecca’s Fund, a donor advised/designated fund of the Wet Mountain Valley Community  Foundation, has supported art education and experiences for hundreds of students ages 4-18 since 2018. From a preschool art program that runs during the school year, a summer art  enrichment camp for two weeks in June for 7-12 year-olds including a children’s art exhibition,  to tuition for art classes for teens including a studio and Plein Air workshop, RF has conducted  comprehensive children’s art education.  

RF has sponsored overnight field trips for middle and high school students to Santa Fe and  Denver to visit the Denver Art Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and be visually stimulated at  Meow Wolf.  

In spring 2023, we sponsored Master LEGO Builder, Ian Coffey, for 4 exciting days at the Custer  County School to bring together art, math and science using the concepts of designing and  building with LEGOs. He impacted all grades – preschool through seniors. Family night with  LEGOs was packed when a new school logo designed by students, built in LEGOs, was unveiled in the multipurpose room. Past visiting artists have included Disney animator, Aaron Blaise,  chalk artist, Chris Carlson, and a nationally known illustrator, Thomas Fluharty.  

New in 2023 was a weekly summer art class for teens, a Fiber Arts Club at the school, and a  Puppeteering workshop to create puppets and theaters, culminating in a puppet show.  

RF is proud to award college scholarships to deserving graduates where art has been and will  continue to be a large driving force in their lives.  

The Rebecca’s Fund Committee and the Samuelson family are thankful to all who are helping to  give the lifelong joy of art to the children of Custer County. For more information, please go to