Tim Gill Center for Public Media
The Tim Gill Center for Public Media is a collaboration established in 2012 between 22 partner organizations, all working to connect people, expertise and resources to create and distribute new content that tells stories that would otherwise go untold. Rocky Mountain PBS is the convening partner with the following collaborators: Pikes Peak Library District, KRCC 91.5FM, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, and Rocky Mountain Community Radio (a consortium of 17 community-owned radio stations around the state of Colorado). The Tim Gill Center Collaboration produces programs to increase citizen participation in public media and foster citizen journalism.
The Tim Gill Center for Public Media is housed in the former Colorado Springs home of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a program of the Denver-based Gill Foundation. The building used to be two separate spaces housing a tire station built in 1925 and a horse barn built before the turn of the century. In 1986, pioneering real estate developer and investor Tom Hudson began work to join these two historical buildings to create an 8,500 square foot office and retail “spec” space to be called “The Metro.”
When Hudson closed on the space in 1984, he said he always liked the the property, noting that its “importance is not in the value of the land but in the building itself,” he stated. “We’ll be looking for creative type tenants who can use unstructured open spaces.” Hudson didn’t know at the time that the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado would be just such a tenant for more than a decade, bringing to life his vision of a building that would join together an entire community.
In 2011, the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado offices were transitioned to Denver and in 2012 the Gill Foundation awarded Rocky Mountain PBS the building, which had become known throughout the state as a place to convene, collaborate and create positive change for a greater community. The Tim Gill Center for Public Media carries on the vision of Tim Gill and the Gill Foundation by ensuring the space is always available free of charge to community nonprofits, and the Center itself is a collaboration between 21 organizations throughout the state, all working to inform, engage and elevate citizens in dialogue vital to building a better Colorado.
The Tim Gill Center for Public Media staff over sees and manages not only the building activities, but all Southern Colorado outreach, underwriting, and special events by Rocky Mountain PBS, with the help of the KTSC-TV staff in at the Pueblo studio and a group of dedicated volunteers.
Other Occupying Organizations
In addition to being Rocky Mountain PBS home base in Colorado Springs, the Tim Gill Center for Public Media also contains tenant offices for other local community organizations that add to the collaborative efforts of our mission. Our current tenants include:
The Independent Film Society of Colorado (IFSOC), which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote the appreciation and celebration of Independent film in Colorado. Specifically, the mission and purpose is to bring Independent filmmakers and audiences together to cultivate a thriving film community by having events such as the annual Indie Spirit Film Festival, film seminars, and film series.
KCMJ 93.9 FM – A community radio station with the mission is to inform, engage, entertain, and empower the citizens of our community. With programming will meet community needs that are unmet by corporate media, they will explore issues in greater depth and with more respect for diverse perspectives.
The Pikes Peak Diversity Council (formerly the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum), which acts to identify, cultivate, and convene community-focused stakeholders to connect spheres of influence and promote a shared vision for our community. We believe that a healthy community requires an inclusive climate built on a foundation of trust and respect for individual assets, talents, and perspectives. Diversity and inclusion add significant value to our organizations and community by maximizing everyone’s contribution to a shared quality of life. We serve both as an information repository and as a communication and education resource.
The Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC) support and encourages individual artists working in all disciplines. Since 1968, PPAC’s mission has been to advocate for the artists of the Pikes Peak region to enrich community life for all of our residents and visitors.
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
The mission of our volunteers is to help us maximize fundraising, station promotion, education and community outreach activities. To become a volunteer at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media please contact Elyse Jones for additional information on opportunities available.
Rocky Mountain PBS and the Tim Gill Center for Public Media are happy to help your organization promote internship opportunities to our statewide network of colleges, universities and community colleges as an initiative of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media collaborative.
Support Rocky Mountain PBS
Each week, nearly 900,000 people throughout Colorado turn to Rocky Mountain PBS to discover inspiring local, national and international programming; find diverse viewpoints; score front row center seats to world-class performances; and experience lifelong learning opportunities. The network began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station. It is now Colorado’s only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU).
One of the easiest and most effective ways to support Rocky Mountain PBS is by joining the Summit Society. Summit Society members enjoy the convenience of automatic, ongoing monthly contributions and automatic membership renewals each year. For as little as $10 a month you can provide Rocky Mountain PBS with an invaluable resource: a regular, stable source of revenue to support the great programs that you enjoy year after year.
Thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck or other vehicle? Donate it to Rocky Mountain PBS instead! When you donate your vehicle to Rocky Mountain PBS you will be supporting all the programs you love; plus, you can receive a tax deduction when you itemize your return.
Your organization will cost-effectively reach a highly targeted statewide or regional audience, whether you wish to be in front of businesses and corporations; educated, engaged and loyal viewers; young families; business and community leaders; women or philanthropic citizens. Rocky Mountain PBS averages only 2 ½ minutes of sponsor messages per hour, compared to over 15 minutes commercial TV. Your message will be seen and heard by an educated and receptive audience. Rocky Mountain PBS viewers don’t tune-out…they tune-in.
KUVO/KVJZ is a jazz public radio station dedicated to providing distinctive music, news, and information programming that reflects the values and cultural diversity of its listener community. KUVO/KVJZ has served the community since 1985 with jazz, blues, news and a weekend lineup of culturally rich diverse programming. The station is on 89.3FM Denver, 89.7FM Breckenridge, and 88.5FM Vail.
About Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain PBS News produces in-depth, research-based journalism. It collaborates with the most respected news outlets to fill a void in serious public-service journalism by delivering in-depth news to newspapers, radio, television, computers and digital devices.
Tim Gill Center Press from past news articles and archive information.