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Giving out money, but creatively: Arts in Society grants benefit those in the middle
The Arts in Society grants helped the funders get into the trenches, figuring out who is offering the most promising work and enabling them to lend a hand. Full story from The Denver Post.
Who won the (very competitive) Arts in Society grants? Here’s the list.
About 265 artists and organizations applied for an Arts in Society grant. About 21 of them will get cash. Full story on One Good Eye Online.
Could effective altruism destroy the arts?
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation President and CEO Gary Steuer writes an article for a Washington Post series on “effective altruism” about why this philanthropic trend could pose a threat to arts philanthropy. Full story on WashingtonPost.com
Introducing a New Podcast: Create Equity
Time to float ideas for Art Tank 2017
DENVER, Co. (August 17, 2016) – For the third year, Art Tank is open – as is a pool of $65,000 in funding for local projects. Proposals are due Wednesday, Nov. 2. Finalists will be invited to present their concepts to a panel of judge and a live, voting audience in February 2017. Complete guidelines are available on The Denver Foundation’s website.
A program of The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group, with partners Colorado Creative Industries and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Art Tank takes on the difficult question on to fund the arts – a realm that, in some respects, defies objective evaluation.
Full story from Confluence-Denver: http://www.confluence-denver.com/features/art_tank_081716.aspx
More than $800,000 up for grabs with new Arts in Society grants
DENVER, Co. (August 4, 2016)— Starting next month, Denver arts nonprofits can apply for individual grants of up $50,000 under a pilot program called Arts in Society, organizers announced this week.
The program, which will hand out more than $400,000 per year in its first two years, is a joint venture of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and the Hemera Foundation and will be administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center, said Louise Martorano, executive director of RedLine.
Full Story from The Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/28/arts-in-society-grants-denver/
Livingston Fellows take nonprofits from success to significance
DENVER, Co. (June 13, 2016) — If ever there was a dream come true for a cash-strapped nonprofit leader just itching to expand his or her horizons, it’s to become a Livingston Fellow. Established in 2005 as an initiative of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Livingston Fellowships are awarded annually to five individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and who commit to using their $25,000 award to make even more significant contributions to the world around them. Or, in the words of foundation president Gary Steuer: “To move from success to significance.”
Full story from The Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/08/livingston-fellows-take-nonprofits-from-success-to-significance/
Meet Livingston Fellow Michael Niyompong
DENVER, Co. (June 13, 2016) — While 2016 recipient Niyompong hasn’t zeroed in on exactly what to do with his fellowship, one thing is for sure: it will be something that moves him out of his comfort zone.
“Up until this point, I’ve been very left brain-focused. It has served me well in my career, but I’ve always wanted to explore the right side, so I’m thinking my fellowship will have something to do with the arts, either visual or performing. I might take an acting class or learn to do improvisational comedy. The thought of doing improv scares me tremendously, but it excites me, too.”
Full story from The Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/09/meet-livingston-fellow-michael-niyompong/
Small Town, Big Art: Denver’s Ascendance Proceeds According to Plan
(April 12, 2016) – We readily admit that Denver isn’t what you’d call a “small town.”
Its population stands at just under 650,000. But these things are relative. When compared to New York City (8.4 million) and Los Angeles (3.8 million), it’s pretty small. Heck, compared to China’s Tianjin (11 million) it’s infinitesimal.
And besides, why let numbers ruin a good headline, especially when “Small Town, Big Fish” was already taken?
Full story from Inside Philanthropy: http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/4/12/small-town-big-art-denvers-ascendance-proceeds-according-to.html
Denver Grant Maker Narrows Focus to the Arts – Just the Arts
DENVER, Co. (August 12, 2015)— Workers at the Women’s Bean Project will still pack and ship soups, and cancer researchers at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at the University of Denver haven’t ended their quest for medical discoveries. But starting this summer, work at those institutions will continue without the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.
In a change years in the making, the Denver-based foundation recently shifted all of its support to the arts — a move that’s rare, if not unprecedented, for a grant maker with previously broad areas of focus.
Full story from Chronicle of Philanthropy: https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Denver-Grant-Maker-Narrows/232257