Art and Social Justice

The Value of Artistic Expression Inside Prison Walls

The Value of Artistic Expression Inside Prison Walls

Art in Prison is a collaborative workshop series conceived by Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) and developed in partnership with Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC). Workshop participants for the new program are incarcerated individuals living inside the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Program offerings include a variety of techniques, mediums and processes for creative expression, taught by ASLD faculty teachers. Feedback has been positive and participants have advocated for the right to keep their artworks despite restrictive rules inside the prison.

ArrayParity: Restyling Mental Illness

ArrayParity: Restyling Mental Illness

Destigmatizing mental illness through art and action;ArrayParity is a new program by NAMI Colorado Springs, creating wearable art to break the silence surrounding mental illness in our community.

Fierce Power: Immigrants Living in Sanctuary

Fierce Power: Immigrants Living in Sanctuary

Colorado filmmaker Alan Domínguez created his Document Ed. film project with a two-fold vision — to highlight the stories of immigrants living in sanctuary in Colorado, in their own words, while also partnering with young people interested in learning documentary filmmaking skills. The project is a testimony to the courage and tenacity of immigration and human rights activists in Colorado, illuminating the challenges, and unwavering dedication to fighting for the right to stay in the place they call home.

Huajatolla Heritage Festival Returns

Huajatolla Heritage Festival Returns

Huajatolla Heritage Festival is happening June 8-9th, 2019 in La Veta, Colorado - now in its second year! The cultural extravaganza is an outgrowth of the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation, a new, volunteer-driven group dedicated to honoring and sharing the Native and Hispano cultures of southern Colorado’s Cuchara Valley. The free festival takes place this summer at the Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta, and will host an array of artisans, vendors, musicians, performers, food and educational opportunities. Huajatolla Heritage Foundation was awarded an Arts in Society grant for their work in 2018.

Meet the New Cohort of Arts in Society Grantees!

Meet the New Cohort of Arts in Society Grantees!

Grantees have been selected for the 2019 Arts in Society grant program! Read about the twenty four Colorado artists and organizations selected receive a total of $500,000 for their innovative projects utilizing the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare.  

Arts in Society is a collaborative grant-making program is backed by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation, and administered in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center.

Journey 2 Unity: Art Creating Change

Journey 2 Unity: Art Creating Change

The Arts Street@Youth Employment Academy (YEA) Journey to Unity project was selected for an Arts in Society grant in 2017 and the collaborative endeavor that emerged was created by Denver area high school-aged youth in the summer of 2018. By learning new skills, building on intrinsic strengths and working with local mentors and community groups, the Arts Street@YEA Summer Interns worked together, exploring the potential to change negative opinions and strengthen positive perceptions about immigration in our shared communities through the medium of a new podcast, which can be accessed on their new website which showcases stories from local residents about their personal experiences of immigration, finding home and creating community.