2019 granted projects
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
16th 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
El Pueblo History Museum
Advancing Southern Colorado Museum of Memory
Purpose: To engage residents of Antonito and Avondale in reclaiming site-based memory and history through community narratives, history collection, storytelling and arts.
Art for the Grieving Heart
Grand Junction, Delta, and Montrose, Colorado
Purpose: To expand access to professional art therapy bereavement services for grieving children in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Colorado's Health and Environment Mural Project
Purpose: To make accessible Colorado's health improvement plan by commissioning murals in 5 Colorado counties that will visualize Colorado's health priorities.
Phamaly Theatre Company
Come to Your Senses: One-act Play Festival
Purpose: To produce a play festival that will feature six one-act plays written and performed by theater artists with disabilities.
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
Purpose: To engage students at DAVA in STEAM programming focused on water use and climate change.
The Unsteady Hand - an artist collective
Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder, Colorado
Purpose: To provide monthly creative gatherings by and for individuals living with Parkinson's Disease in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
No Credits Productions, LLC
Destination Freedom Black Radio Days
Denver and Aurora, Colorado
Purpose: To create conversation around important issues by producing five live radio plays and podcast performances.
Think 360 Arts for Learning
District Attorney Acquiring Restitution Through Talent Program
Purpose: To engage first-time youth offenders in a restorative justice program through which they will receive artistic mentorship, create and sell artworks to fund victim restitution, and have their juvenile record expunged.
Diverse Music, Diverse People
Purpose: To implement a student-led design model that will promote equitable and relevant cultural representation in the choral arts.
From the Margins to the Center
Purpose: To hold an immersive podcast incubator for women of color through which participants will produce their own podcast series.
Marking Space for Los Seis de Boulder
Purpose: To engage the University of Colorado Boulder campus and community partners in creating a sculpture and accompanying programming that will honor Los Seis de Boulder and the history of Chicanx students at the university.
Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
Military Arts Connection
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Purpose: To enable military healthcare service providers in the Pikes Peak Region to access subsidized arts-based therapies for their patients.
El Sistema Colorado
Music in New Spaces
Purpose: To provide the opportunity for El Sistema Colorado students to perform alongside professional musicians through a series of public performances in the Globeville-Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.
Our Voice, Our Views, Our Vote
Purpose: To bring together artists, teens, mentors and activists in a series of art-making workshops at local high schools that will educate students about civic engagement, the political process, and registering to vote.
Palm Wine Collective
PanAfrican Arts Festival
Purpose: To hold a festival that will bring together Denver's multicultural community for artistic celebration and conversation on diasporic identity and community building.
Pueblo Arts Alliance
Pueblo Impact Youth Initiative
Purpose: To engage a council of Pueblo County high school students to produce monthly art activation projects using placemaking techniques in the Pueblo Creative Corridor.
Mirror Image Arts
Purpose: To facilitate a restorative theater program focused on social-emotional development with incarcerated youth at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center.
Boulder and Denver, Colorado
Purpose: To present the stories of immigrants in sanctuary through documentary performances, public readings by members of the Colorado State House and church and civic leaders, and through intimate private readings in book club and community groups.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado
Purpose: To acknowledge the historic 50th anniversary of Stonewall with a year-long observance featuring art exhibits and community learning opportunities
University of Denver
This is My Denver
Purpose: To engage students at North High School in producing short-form documentaries featuring spoken word poetry about the educational and environmental issues affecting youth in North Denver.
Veterans Writing (VW)
Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colorado
Purpose: To provide writing workshops for active duty military, veterans and family, and their healthcare providers in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.
ECDC African Community Center of Denver
We Made This
Purpose: To operate a sewing social enterprise therapy program for refugee and immigrant women that provides sewing and English language lessons, therapeutic art activities, and psychosocial support.
Westside Reclamation Project
Purpose: To reunite and reclaim the identity of the Westside by bringing together artists, students, and West Denver residents to create a theatrical production in the tradition of the folk drama.
2018 granted projects
Denver, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Colorado Springs, Cortez, Boulder, CO
Purpose: To market and distribute "Document Ed," a documentary film project created by high-school student filmmakers about people in Colorado who are living in sanctuary to avoid deportation.
Art Students League of Denver
ART in PRISON
Denver, Golden, and Pueblo, Colorado
Purpose: To provide visual arts education workshops to offenders in four Colorado correctional facilities, including Denver Women's Facility, the Colorado Correctional Center in Golden, and the
Youthful Offender System in Pueblo.
Atlantis Community, Inc.
Denver Disability Rights Conversation Camp; Historic Gallery
Purpose: To create an accessible and educational permanent gallery exhibition that will increase
awareness around the social and political history of the disability community.
Aurora Cultural Arts District
The ACADIA Project (TAP)
Purpose: To provide resources to immigrant and refugee artists and creatives in the Aurora through a small business artistic mentorship program.
The Latino Folk Art Garden
Purpose: To give voice to the history and lore of Latinos in the Roaring Fork Valley through a creative place-making project.
Check Your Head
Check Your Head
Denver, Aurora, Colorado
Purpose: To bring trauma-informed instruction and wellness protective factors to youth through creative projects that will be completed in collaboration with community-based organizations.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Reimagining the Noel Resolution
Purpose: To utilize the artistic process to engage policy makers, students, and corporations in a series of Equity Boot Camps that will, in turn, inform a performance series.
Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Veterans Workshop Series
Purpose: To provide 10-12 Denver veterans with advanced photographic education, portfolio
development, and exhibition experience.
Denver Homeless Out Loud
Purpose: To address the critical need for storage experienced by homeless individuals by creating and installing artistically and floral adorned public lockers in Denver.
Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Culture Night for American Indian and Alaska Native Families
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for Denver's American Indian and Alaska Native families to learn and share about the origin of cultural traditions through monthly Culture Nights.
Jennifer Jacklin Stratton
Westminster, Arvada, and Aurora, Colorado
Purpose: To elevate resources and voices of teen mothers through a participatory storytelling and
Liberty Rural Learning Cooperative, Grassroots Community Center
The Prairie Writer's Workshop: Applied Rural Arts Program
Yuma, and Joes, Colorado
Purpose: To provide a place-based, creative writing program in Yuma and Joes, Colorado that sources rural knowledge and addresses the particular needs of small, rural schools.
Lone Tree Arts Center
Sensory Friendly Initiative: Arts for Everyone
Lone Tree, Colorado
Purpose: To provide inclusive programming and sensory-friendly performances for individuals with
intellectual, developmental, and sensory disabilities and their families.
Mancos Creative District
#weallbelong - An arts-inspired community dialogue on immigration, inclusive community and belonging
Mancos, Durango, and Cortez, Colorado
Purpose: To utilize film, storytelling, and visual arts to engage the Mancos County community in a deeper dialogue around inclusivity and belonging.
UndocuAmerica Radio and Performance Project
Purpose: To present professional, autobiographical monologues written and performed by undocumented leaders about the challenges facing them and their families through theater, radio/podcasts, and film.
ArrayParity: Restyling mental illness through the self-emblematic, an apparel campaign for equal treatment
Aurora, Denver, and Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose: To bring voice to those who struggle with mental illness through collaboratively designed
imagery, logos, and aphorisms for print on apparel to disrupt negative perceptions of mental
Partners Youth Mentoring of Delta, Montrose and Ouray
Art Partners Mentoring
Delta, Montrose, Ridgeway, Ouray, Olathe, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, and Paonia, Colorado
Purpose: To provide a professionally-supported mentoring program for artists to guide, instruct and lead
youth in artistic endeavors and expand creative capacities.
Salida Circus Outreach Foundation
Circus Arts for the Underserved
Salida, Crestone, and Moffat, Colorado
Purpose: To increase self-confidence, healthy risk-taking, and peer support through circus arts workshops for students of Crestone and Moffat Schools.
Huajatolla Heritage Project
La Veta and Cuchara, CO
Purpose: To preserve and share the rich and diverse cultural contributions of Native American and
Hispano people through community workshops and an annual Huajatolla Heritage Festival.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
War of the Flowers
Brighton, and Denver, Colorado
Purpose: To produce a series of artistic responses and a culminating theatrical performance in Brighton, Colorado commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kitayama Carnation plant strike.
Youth Employment Academy: Arts Street@YEA
Creating Unity: A creative journey on immigration in America (A Journey to Unity)
Purpose: To engage youth in the La Alma/Lincoln Park and Globeville neighborhoods of Denver in
creative projects to explore the potential to change negative opinions about immigration.
Youth on Record
Youth on Record Fellowship: Equipping the next generation of arts leaders
Purpose: To engage 15-20 young people in an intensive, 10-month, personal, professional and artistic development Fellowship program.
2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Aurora, CO 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 psycho social support.
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.
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.
Southern Colorado Memory Projects
Pueblo, Trinidad, CO
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
Denver, Aurora, CO
Purpose: To develop 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.
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.