Arts in Society grant to promote cross-sectoral work through the arts in 2022


From July 1 through August 29, 2022, the RedLine Contemporary Art Center will be accepting Arts in Society grant applications for cross-sector projects that engage the arts to address or raise awareness of civic, social, and community challenges statewide.

An online information session will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at noon for interested applicants. To register, visit: forms/Redline/regranting-1.html.

Over the past five years, the Arts in Society Grants Program has provided more than $3 million to projects that promote cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture across multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. In this round of funding, grants between $5,000 and $35,000 will be available for nonprofits, individual artists, or activists to fund projects that will take place in Colorado between January 2023 and January 2025. Between 25 and 30 grants are awarded each cycle. .

Chrissy Deal, Director of Livingston Fellowship and Arts and Social Change Grantmaking with the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, reflects on the impactful Arts in Society model: “As the program’s first funder who guided much of the program’s development during its formative years, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation sees enormous value in supporting this community-wide grantmaking program. state. It is in perfect alignment with the foundation’s beliefs that art is a key strategy for solving critical social issues and a powerful tool for improving the quality of life and well-being of communities where disparities can be significant – BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, rural or remote areas. As a partner, we look forward to another year of inspiring and community-informed projects and collaborations.”

Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries, says: “We are thrilled to join other funders and partners in advancing funding opportunities for artists, arts organizations and nonprofits at the intersection of arts, education and social justice. While Colorado Creative Industries has been giving grants to organizations for more than 50 years, this collaboration with other funders allows us to expand our reach by leveraging state funding with foundations and arts partners to have an even greater impact at this critical time.

Grants are determined by a selection committee made up of community members, funders, and alumni from across Colorado. Panelists are looking for projects that best demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevance, foster community engagement, present opportunities for shared learning, exemplify artistic relevance, and expand understanding of the role the arts play in society.

Tariana Navas-Nieves, director of cultural affairs for Denver Arts & Venues and one of the new funding partners of the sharing collaboration, “We know the importance of art and culture in advancing our social and civic well-being and the Arts in Society grant program is a great way to support projects that help us collectively identify opportunities to strengthen our communities and deal with critical social challenges in creative ways. We are proud to be one of Arts in Society’s funding partners because it will take collective action to ensure our communities thrive.

Current beneficiary, Courtney Ozaki of the actions of Japanese Art Newtowork (JA-NE), “JA-NE is grateful to programs like Arts in Society for allowing us to share how the Japanese arts can help connect people universally, cross boundaries, and create opportunities for intersectional collaboration between traditional art forms. and modern and the cultural communities of the world majority.

She adds, “I encourage others to think about the impact they would like to have and the partnerships that could strengthen how their project connects through a deep understanding and relationship with a target community to enable authenticity and meaningful collaboration. I also encourage applicants to be inspired and motivated by all the amazing projects that have been awarded this scholarship over time!”

Arts in Society is a collaborative funding program administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center and supported by the following partners: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation (2017-present), Hemera Foundation (2017-2020), Colorado Creative Industries (2017-present), Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) (2020), The Colorado Health Foundation (2020 – Present), and Denver Arts & Venues (2021-present).

About the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

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

About Colorado’s Creative Industries

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

About Denver Arts & Venues

The mission of Denver Arts & Venues is to enrich and advance the quality of life and economic vitality of Denver through the advancement of artistic, cultural and entertainment opportunities for all. Arts & Venues is the city and county agency of Denver responsible for operating some of the area’s most renowned venues, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and the McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Urban Arts Fund, PS You Are Here, Denver Music Advancement Fund, the implementation of the Denver Cultural Plan, and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival . Denver Arts & Venues is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all of our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.

About the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation brings health within the reach of all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investments, policy advocacy, learning, and capacity building. For more information, please visit

About the Hemera Foundation

Hemera, the Greek goddess of the day, seeks to bring to light issues that have been forgotten, stories that need to be told, or people seeking help or refuge. Hemera’s work stems from the belief that in an interconnected world, a spiritual practice creates a space of self-awareness that promotes personal well-being and a compassionate connection with self, family, community, and nature.

Hemera’s grantmaking focuses on promoting contemplative practices that enhance self-awareness and foster compassionate, empathetic, and supportive relationships. We are placing more emphasis on programs that focus on the healthy development of children and adolescents.

About the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District

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

About the RedLine Center for Contemporary Art

RedLine is a non-profit contemporary art center that promotes 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 artistic engagement. RedLine responds to community needs by engaging resident artists in programs that provide arts education for disadvantaged youth, a community network for homeless artists, and relevant public programming for members of surrounding neighborhoods.


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