Who won the (very competitive) Arts in Society grants? Here’s the list

About 265 artists and organizations applied and 21 will get cash

Walk Denver mixes ideas about art with ideas about traffic safety. Photo from Walk Denver.

I wrote about the just-announced Arts in Society grants in this morning’s Denver Post. Click here for that story about how the grants came about and how they’re designed to help a lot of worthy programs that were slipping under the radar of major funders.

But I wanted to repeat the full list of recipients here because, well, a lot of people are curious. About 265 artists and organizations applied and 21 will get cash.

Personally, I wish the list had more individual names on it since it’s one of the few programs that give money to real people who are doing the work on the ground and not just those representing nonprofits.  But this is the first of a two-year cycle and there are probably a lot of lessons individuals can learn by looking at the winners. The 2018 round will be announced in the next few months and that’s a second chance for solo applicants to seize the moment and for funders to figure out a way to expand the kind of grants they fund.

That’s just a footnote, though, to this good news. Having spoken to several of the current grant-getters this week, it’s clear that a lot of these worthy things wouldn’t happen if Arts in Society hadn’t come along. So, cheers to the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Hemera Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine for making it all happen.

Here’s that list:

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.

Birdseed Collective
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.

Café Cultura
Strong Stories
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.

Colorado Humanities
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)
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. Elephant Circle is a partner on the project.

Ann Cunningham
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 
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 psychosocial support.

EcoArts Connections
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.

Elsewhere Studios
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.

History Colorado
Southern Colorado Memory Projects
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 (“IIIRM”)
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
Purpose: To develop, in partnership with Emily Griffith Technical College, 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.

Rose Medical Center
The Clinic
Purpose: To bring a new culture of cure to Rose Medical Center through movement classes, dance, films, and performance.

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




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