Our Vision, Beliefs, and Approach


Denver becomes one of America’s foremost creative regions as measured by cultural participation, artistic excellence, and economic impact. Its art scene reflects the values, spirit and diverse cultures that make Denver a distinct, energized and culturally rich community. The arts become intrinsic to the city’s brand and central to its future.


We believe in the power of art to connect people, animate places, and energize communities. We believe that people want to curate their own experiences and engage in the arts in new and different ways. We believe that support for the arts is critical and needs to include gifts of dollars, time and voice. We believe that now is the time to turn up the buzz about Denver’s vibrant art scene.


The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s goals are to:

We invest in metro-Denver visual and performing arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence, visionary leadership, financial stability and adaptive capacity.  We look to partner with arts organizations, arts leaders, and arts collaborations making innovative and adaptive responses to changes in demographics, patterns of cultural engagement, and new market realities. We look for organizations that are “on the rise” and positioned for greater impact.