In August 2016, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Hemera Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and RedLine Contemporary Art Center joined forces to launch a new collaborative grantmaking program: Arts in Society. Hemera Foundation, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries fund the initiative, which is administered by RedLine. This exciting new program has an expressed mission to foster cross-sector work through the arts. Through this partnership, we seek to build capacity for social practice projects that implement artistic excellence to engage social issues in communities across Colorado.

Grants are determined by a selection panel, and seek projects that best illustrate artistic excellence, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevancy, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning.

Average grant sizes range between $10,000 - $50,000 and will be awarded to 15 - 25 artists, arts organizations, or other nonprofit groups per year, during the 2016-2018 two-year pilot period.


I want to make sure that in all of the shuffle of the Arts in Society granting process that I don’t forget to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! This is such an innovative and meaningful grant and I feel truly privileged to be a part of it. We have been having so many meetings lately with our resident leaders about how to proceed with the project and everyone has expressed huge gratitude at being able to try out such a strange and (hopefully) transformative process. Know that even if we fail miserably, your work has made a big difference to folks who often feel excluded from artistic and civic decision-making—-just by having faith and trust in them to attempt this.

Being an artist/activist and running a non-profit here in Denver can be difficult and rewarding, but it can’t sustain without the work of you all and so I hope you understand how much it means to me (and others) that you do what you do...and the way you do it.

with respect and thanks,


About Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
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.



About Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado’s Creative Industries Division, 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. 


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