Meet the New Cohort of Arts in Society Grantees!

ARTS FUNDING IN COLORADO
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY WELFARE

 

Arts in Society is pleased to announce our twenty four new grantee projects. All projects were selected by a local panel who had the challenging task of evaluating one hundred and seventy five applications for this year’s round of funding. Each project represents a wide variety of artists, groups and professionals working together and utilizing the arts to positively impact social justice and community welfare through community-based initiatives.

 
 
Watch this space for more in-depth coverage of Arts in Society grantee projects promoting social justice and improving community welfare for Colorado communities.  [Arts in Society grantees posing in front of RedLine Contemporary Art Center - photo by Sarah Skeen]

Watch this space for more in-depth coverage of Arts in Society grantee projects promoting social justice and improving community welfare for Colorado communities.

[Arts in Society grantees posing in front of RedLine Contemporary Art Center - photo by Sarah Skeen]

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management

16th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival - October 2019

Denver, Colorado

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

Pueblo, Colorado

Purpose: To engage residents of Antonito and Avondale in reclaiming site-based memory and history through community narratives, history collection, storytelling and arts.

HopeWest

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

Statewide

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 - November 1-10, 2019

Denver, Colorado

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 (DAVA)

Community Alchemy

Aurora, Colorado

Purpose: To engage students at DAVA in STEAM programming focused on water use and climate change.

The Unsteady Hand - an artist collective

Creativity Labs

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

Denver, Colorado

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.

Vocal Coalition

Diverse Music, Diverse People

Denver, Colorado

Purpose: To implement a student-led design model that will promote equitable and relevant cultural representation in the choral arts.


Amped

From the Margins to the Center

Denver, Colorado

Purpose: To hold an immersive podcast incubator for women of color through which participants will produce their own podcast series.

Jasmine Baetz

Marking Space for Los Seis de Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

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

Denver, Colorado

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.


PlatteForum

Our Voice, Our Views, Our Vote

Denver, Colorado

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

Denver, Colorado

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

Pueblo, Colorado

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

Restorative Theatre

Golden, Colorado

Purpose: To facilitate a restorative theater program focused on social-emotional development with incarcerated youth at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center.


Motus Theater

SANCTUARY SUNDAYS

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

Stonewall 50

Denver, 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

Denver, Colorado

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.

Colorado Humanities

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

Denver, Colorado

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.


Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Westside Reclamation Project

Denver, Colorado

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.

 
A selection of Arts in Society grantees and projects are pictured here. From top Left to Right (clockwise): Mirror Image Arts, Motus Theater, Los Seis de Boulder, The Unsteady Hand, Mirror Image Arts, ECDC African Community Center, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DVA), and Phamaly Theatre. Motus Theater is pictured in the center.

A selection of Arts in Society grantees and projects are pictured here. From top Left to Right (clockwise): Mirror Image Arts, Motus Theater, Los Seis de Boulder, The Unsteady Hand, Mirror Image Arts, ECDC African Community Center, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DVA), and Phamaly Theatre. Motus Theater is pictured in the center.


 

Arts in Society is a collaborative grant making program founded in 2016 and funded through a cohort of Colorado funders. 2019 funding partners include Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Hemera Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries . Each grantee receives a 2-year grant award of up to $50,000 per project, as well as training, professional development and support, administered through RedLine Contemporary Art Center, in Denver.

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