Finalists Announced for 2020 Arts in Society Grants

Wiley Middleton
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Finalists Announced for 2020 Arts in Society Grants

RedLine is excited to announce 52 finalists who will submit full proposals to be considered for Arts in Society grants in the coming year. The Arts in Society grant-making program fosters cross-sector work through the arts by funding projects that utilize art to address social issues and community needs across Colorado, and is a collaboration between Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Hemera Foundation, the SCFD, and The Colorado Health Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Now in its 4th year, Arts in Society has to date provided financial support to 67 individual artists and organizations who have utilized the arts in innovative ways to illuminate and address a wide array of civic, health, and social issues in Colorado communities through public artworks, performances, exhibitions, workshops, and community programs.

This year, the program received over 250 initial LOI’s from which 52 finalists have been chosen to submit full proposals. In May 2020, Arts in Society will distribute a total of $549,750 in grant funds to around 25 projects. Grants will range in size from between $5,000-$50,000. In addition to funding, individuals and organizations receiving grants will receive ongoing organizational support through their participation in a grantee learning community program.

Below are the Arts in Society finalists who will be advanced for further consideration and have been invited to submit full proposals.

  • Colorado TINTSWrite In to Act
  • PlatteForumImmigrant Artist Mentorship Program
  • Liberty Rural Learning Cooperative A People’s Contemporary History of North-East Colorado
  • Creative Arts Platform and the Federal Bureau of Prisons Creative Arts Platform
  • Mirror Image ArtsRestorative Theatre
  • Youth Employment Academy: Arts Street @ YEA EnvironMENTAL Change for Denver Youth
  • Montezuma Food CoalitionA Local Food Journey
  • Tara RyndersThe Clinic and First, Do No Harm
  • Cortez Cultural CenterCareers in Arts and Culture for Native American Youth
  • Owen Kortz Music Studio for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
  • Steamboat CreatesPivot Point: Reckoning and Resilience through Creativity
  • Colorado Coalition for the HomelessCreativity Center at Fort Lyon
  • M12 StudioLandlines
  • Cortez Cultural CenterMobile Arts Learning Lab
  • Museo de las Americas Somos: Revelando El Amor Propio
  • Community Radio Project, Inc.Creating Conversation around Indigenous Identity in Rural Communities through the Arts
  • Colorado HumanitiesCrossroads: Change in Rural Colorado / Strengthening Rural Communities Through Collaborative Arts Programming
  • Boulder Community Broadcast Association, Inc.Boulder County Media Gardens, Nuestras Ondas – La Encrucijada Health Equity Radio Project
  • Picture Me Here and Thistle Whistle FarmCulture Dish: New Americans in Colorado Share Intergenerational Stories, Food and Connections
  • Amanda Flores and Bianca Acosta Tlacah Medecine
  • ArtistYearArtistYear Roaring Fork Valley
  • The Art BaseHOME
  • Phamaly Theatre CompanyRewrite!
  • Four Winds American Indian Council and Spirit of the SunIndigenous Arts to Reconnect through Resilience
  • Southeast Mental Health ServicesGood Grief:  Healing Community Loss
  • Monica Bolles and Kat JonesThe Forest for the Trees
  • PFLAG and Out Boulder CountySlay the Runway- Designing Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth Expression
  • Markus Puskar Denver’s Mural Coloring Book
  • Jennifer Stratton Mother, Me
  • Denver Discovery School and SOURCE Theatre Straight From the SOURCE:  Race, Equity and Theatre in Middle School
  • Johanna Brown Sound Affects
  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop Writing Through Hard Times
  • Mimi Madrid Abuelxs: Resilient Roots in a Strained Forest
  • Angela Craven I See You, I Hear You, I Make Space For You
  • Genevieve CanalesGiving Voice to Mexican Americans through the Arts
  • LuneAseasMedicine Show
  • Art Students League of DenverArt in Prison
  • Living Her LegacyLiving Her Legacy (LHL) Public Art Exhibition
  • Rishika KartikVision of the Artist’s Soul
  • Local Theater CompanyLocalWRITES
  • City of AlamosaMurals on a Mission
  • Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak RegionMilitary Arts Connection
  • Health + Design Initiative (@ CU Denver)Creating Healthy Places through the Arts
  • City of Fruita Arts and Culture BoardThe Wellspring Project
  • Vail Valley FoundationVail Dance Festival Presents: Be You! Antibullying Boys in Ballet
  • Birdseed CollectiveGlobeville Youth – Through Their Eyes
  • Denver Homeless Out LoudBelonging(s)
  • AMPedFrom the Margins to the Center: Women of Color Podcast Incubator
  • Colorado Prairie Arts and Music CouncilPaint the Plains
  • Colorado Photographic Arts CenterVeterans Workshop Series
  • Renée Crown Wellness Institute, University of Colorado-BoulderThe Colorado Lullaby Project: Nurturing Social Connection with Song
  • Atlantis Community, Inc.Denver Disability Conversation & Historic Gallery

Final proposals will be reviewed by a diverse panel of leaders from the arts and human service sectors. Grant awards will be announced at RedLine’s annual EPIC Gala on April 17, 2020. For more information about Arts in Society, please visit:


About Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation strategically provides grants and fellowships to advance the arts and inspire creative leadership in Denver. Our foundation is richly steeped in Denver’s cultural history, but we are also a contemporary leader in fueling innovation and exploration in our creative economy. Each year we give more than $3 million to arts organizations and nonprofit leaders, because we believe these entities and individuals are critical to building and sustaining a vibrant community.

About Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado’s Creative Industries Division, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

About The Hemera Foundation

The Hemera Foundation, established in 2007, is a Bermuda based charitable

organization. The Hemera Foundation supports innovative organizations and  initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society.

About The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District

Since 1989, SCFD has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties). The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is for enlightening and entertaining the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of visual arts, performing arts, cultural history, natural history, or natural sciences.

About The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy advocacy, learning and capacity building. For more information, please visit

About RedLine Contemporary Art Center
RedLine is a nonprofit contemporary art center that fosters education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. Located in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, RedLine combines an exhibition space and artist residency program with project-based engagement in the arts. RedLine responds to the needs of the community by engaging resident artists in programs that offer arts education for under-resourced youth, a community network for artists experiencing homelessness, and relevant public programming for members of the surrounding neighborhoods.