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News and Resources

Stay connected to your cultural community, and to the many resources we’re curating to help advance and diversify Denver’s art scene. Learn more.

Grantee Spotlight

Located in Ruby Hill Park, Levitt Pavilion is a 63,450-square-foot amphitheater that will produce 50 free concerts annually, ranging from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists. Accessibility and diversity of the concerts were key considerations for the Foundation’s capital support to help construct the venue.

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Fellow Spotlight

Some artists hold paintbrushes to create their masterpieces. Others perform on stages in front of an audience. Some beautifully conduct music for the symphony. And some use a computer keyboard or paper and pen to compose their creations. Art comes in many forms, and for 2017 Livingston Fellow, Michael Henry, his is expressed on paper through literature and writing.

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Honoree Spotlight

In 2016, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation honored Merle C. Chambers with the Community Service Award at the Annual Awards Luncheon. Merle devotes considerable time to philanthropy as President and Board Chair of the Chambers Family Fund, which supports the early care and education of children, women’s economic self-sufficiency, and justice, equality and opportunity.

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Colorado Art Tank 2018

The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group (AAG) has announced Colorado Art Tank 2018! Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and Denver Arts & Venues will join the AAG to support this initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get your pitches ready. Get all the details on how to apply, where to send your pitches and more vital information…….Full Post.

Road to Results in Denver

One of the greatest challenges facing arts leaders around the country – and here in Denver – is how to build and retain new audiences. On May 31, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Denver Arts & Venues, sponsored by the New York-based Wallace Foundation, hosted “The Road to Results in Denver: A Forum on Audience Building” at McNichols Civic Center Building…….Watch Event Videos.

Jovan Mays

We commissioned artist Jovan Mays to create a spoken word piece to kick-off the programming at our 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon. It was so well-received, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation wanted to capture it visually so we can we can share it with others in a way that did it justice – not just as written word but as a performance and visual work. We’re excited to present The Foundationa short film created by Sam Pike Films around Jovan Mays’ artistic piece…….Watch Now.