2017 Arts in society granted projects

Art from Ashes Inc.
Drawing on Air: Creative Youth Empowerment Workshops Using Visual Metaphor
Purpose: To empower youth by providing visual arts education in addition to spoken word and poetry lessons.

Birdseed Collective
E.P.I. Center at Globeville Recreation Center                                                                                                                       Purpose: To provide residents with consistent, high quality arts education at Globeville Recreation Center.

Boulder Community Broadcast Association (KGNU)
Boulder County Media Gardens Initiative – Nuestras Ondas / La Encrucijada
Purpose: To engage the Spanish-speaking community in the creation of content for local community broadcasting.

Café Cultura
Strong Stories
Purpose: To further develop Café Cultura’s unique, culturally relevant, and engaging community open mic series in the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in West Denver.

Colorado Black Arts Movement
My Dinner in Montbello – A Culinary Drama
Purpose: To develop a performance, in partnership with residents, that will focus on food and the experience of dinner in Montbello households.

Colorado Humanities
Denver Veterans’ War Stories: Writing Workshops, Anthology Publication, Readings and Conversations                          Purpose: To provide writing workshops for local veterans, led by literary artists who are also veterans, and publish the writings for the community.

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and Elephant Circle                 Message to Our Mothers | Mensaje a Nuestras Madres                                                                                                               Purpose: To explore the relationship between adult children and their mothers who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction by bringing to Denver Branislav Jankic’s exhibition “Letter to My Mother” and by engaging community through letters and photographs.

Ann Cunningham
Evolving Tactile Art and Tactile Graphics Through Community Participation
Purpose: To support the expansion of tactile art— a sculptural and visual art form for people with visual impairments – in partnership with the National Federation for the Blind.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
Invention and Imagination                                                                                                                                                      Purpose: To further develop creative competencies that link to youth interests in science, robotics, computers, and health sciences through a STEAM education program.

ECDC/African Community Center of Denver (ACC)
We Made This                                                                                                                                                                        Purpose: To operate a sewing social enterprise that works primarily with refugee women, providing employment training and psychosocial support.

EcoArts Connections
Si Se Puede, San Lazaro and Boulder Ridge
Purpose: To create a series of monthly Latino youth-organized art and community action workshops for students age 6-18.

Elsewhere Studios
INSPIRED: Art at Work
Purpose: To address cultural and environmental issues around fracking, development and loss of jobs through a cross-disciplinary collaborative artist residency program.

Foothills Art Center
Help, Hope, and Strength
Purpose: To fight mental health stigma and suicide at Golden High School with a five-part project, including a summer program, parent workshops, theater, a documentary, and a mural.

History Colorado
Southern Colorado Memory Projects
Purpose: To assist residents of Eastwood Heights, Pueblo, and Trinidad in reclaiming site-based memory and history through community narratives, history collection, storytelling, and arts.

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
14th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
Purpose: To hold a festival showcasing films by and about Indigenous people, creating an awareness of indigenous issues and perspectives through traditional and modern storytelling.

Picture Me Here
Digital Storytelling, Art and Entrepreneurism Fellowship for New Americans
Purpose: To develop, in partnership with Emily Griffith Technical College, a year-long fellowship for refugees and immigrants that will build professional skills in creative media as well as business.

Rio Grande Farm Park
Creating Community Through the Arts at the Rio Grande Farm Park
Purpose: To encourage inclusive engagement and community at the Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) by installing artist-designed sitting places throughout the Park.

Artist Tara Rynders in collaboration with Rose Medical Center
The Clinic
Purpose: To bring a new culture of cure to Rose Medical Center through movement classes, dance, films, and performance.

VSA Colorado/Access Gallery
Purpose: To provide economic opportunities through the arts for young artists with disabilities by working with professional artists and collaborating within the broader arts community.

Vision Zero Community Art Project
Purpose: To bring together the community along Denver’s Colfax corridor to create public art installations that raise awareness of traffic safety.

Warm Cookies of the Revolution
This Machine Has A Soul!
Purpose: To create a Rube Goldberg-style machine designed to engage local residents in participatory budgeting.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation strategically provides grants and fellowships to advance the arts and inspire creative leadership in Denver. Our foundation is richly steeped in Denver’s cultural history, but we are also a contemporary leader in fueling innovation and exploration in our creative economy. Each year we give more than $3 million to arts organizations and nonprofit leaders, because we believe these entities and individuals are critical to building and sustaining a vibrant community. https://bonfils-stantonfoundation.org/


Colorado’s Creative Industries, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.  www.coloradocreativeindustries.org

Established in 2007, Hemera Foundation is a Boulder based charitable organization. The Hemera Foundation supports innovative organizations and initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society.