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.
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.
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'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.
Come to Your Senses: One-act Play Festival - November 1-10, 2019
Purpose: To produce a play festival that will feature six one-act plays written and performed by theater artists with disabilities.
Purpose: To engage students at DAVA in STEAM programming focused on water use and climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Purpose: To acknowledge the historic 50th anniversary of Stonewall with a year-long observance featuring art exhibits and community learning opportunities.
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.
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.
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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