Say Hello to A New Cohort of Arts in Society Grantees!


The winners have been announced for Arts in Society 2018!


After a rigorous process and many phenomenal submissions, 22 Colorado artists and organizations have been selected to win $480,000 through Arts in Society funding backed by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Grants of between $10,000–$36,000 have been awarded to 22 artists and organizations. Arts in Society grantees were announced at RedLines EPIC Gala on April 19th, 2018.

This year marks the second round of funding through the initiative, which was launched as a two-year pilot program in the fall of 2016. Arts in Society seeks to support art projects that positively impact cross-sector initiatives, such as health, environment, and other human service sector programs. The funding supports a growing number of collaborations across Colorado that are bringing together artists and professionals from a wide variety of organizations that effect positive social change through community-based initiatives.

“Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has been thrilled and proud to partner with Hemera Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries to fund Arts in Society,” says Bonfils-Stanton Foundation President and CEO, Gary Steuer. “We believe Arts in Society plays a critical role in supporting projects that engage the arts and artists, in addressing some of our most pressing social challenges. We know the arts can help foster community health and wellness, create opportunities and positive outcomes for youth, veterans, immigrants and seniors, and help the voiceless find their voice.”

How it works:

From September 2017 to February 2018, an eleven member panel comprised of individuals across Colorado, assembled to review over 150 grant applications. Grant awards were assessed based on the applicant’s ability to illustrate artistic excellence, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevance, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning.

New grantees will join in a learning community cohort that will meet throughout the next year to share best practices, challenges, and opportunities related to their projects.


Meet the 2018 Arts in Society Grant Recipients:


Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Reimagining the Noel Resolution

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.

Youth on Record

Youth on Record Fellowship

Equipping the next generation of arts leaders to engage 15-20 young people in an intensive, 10-month, personal, professional and artistic development Fellowship program.

Motus Theater

UndocuAmerica Radio and Performance Project

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.

Alan Dominguez

Document Ed.

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


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.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Veterans Workshop Series

To provide 10-12 Denver veterans with advanced photographic education, portfolio development, and exhibition experience.

Mancos Creative District

#weallbelong - an arts-inspired community dialogue on immigration, inclusive community and belonging

To utilize film, storytelling, and visual arts to engage the Mancos County community in a deeper dialogue around inclusivity and belonging.

Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

War of the Flowers

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.

Denver Homeless Out Loud


To address the critical need for storage experienced by homeless individuals by creating and installing floral and artistically adorned public lockers in Denver.

Atlantis Community, Inc.

Denver Disability Rights Conversation & Historic Gallery

To create an accessible and educational permanent gallery exhibition that will increase awareness around the social and political history of the disability community.

NAMI Colorado

ArrayParity: Restyling mental illness through the self-emblematic, an apparel campaign for equal treatment

To bring a 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 illness.

Lone Tree Arts Center

Sensory Friendly Initiative: Arts for Everyone

To provide inclusive programming and sensory-friendly performances for individuals with intellectual, developmental, and sensory disabilities and their families.

Denver Indian Family Resource Center

Culture Night for American Indian and Alaska Native Families

To provide an opportunity for Denver's American Indian and Alaska Native families to learn andshare about the origin of cultural traditions through monthly Culture Nights.

Carbondale Arts

The Latino Folk Art Garden

To give voice to the history and lore of Latinos in the Roaring Fork Valley through a creative placemaking project.

Sandy Dolak

Huajatolla Heritage Project

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.

Youth Employment Academy: Arts Street@YEA

Creating Unity: A creative journey on immigration in America (A Journey to Unity)

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.

Jennifer Jacklin Stratton

Mother, Me

To elevate resources and voices of teen mothers through a participatory storytelling and mentorship project.

Aurora Cultural Arts District

The ACADIA Project (TAP)

To provide resources to immigrant and refugee artists and creatives in the Aurora through a small business artistic mentorship program.

The Liberty Rural Learning Cooperative, Grassroots Community Center

The Prairie Writer's Workshop: Applied Rural Arts Program

To provide resources to immigrant and refugee artists and creatives in Aurora through a small business artistic mentorship program.

Check Your Head

Check Your Head

To bring trauma-informed instruction and wellness protective factors to youth through creativeprojects that will be completed in collaboration with community-based organizations.

Salida Circus Outreach Foundation

Circus Arts for the Underserved

To increase self-confidence, healthy risk-taking, and peer support through circus arts workshops for students of Crestone and Moffat Schools.

Partners Youth Mentoring of Delta, Montrose and Ouray

Art Partners Mentoring

To provide a professionally-supported mentoring program for artists to guide, instruct and lead youth in artistic endeavors and expand creative capacities.


FOR THE MEDIA: All 22 Colorado artists and organizations have compelling and unique stories to tell for your viewers and readers. We can help set up shoots, in-studio interviews, phoners and more. If you’d like to cover this year’s Arts in Society 2018 festivities, contact Libby Barbee at