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COVID-19 Relief Fund
Bonfils–Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation announced the first round of applicants to receive emergency funding from the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund. As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Colorado, the arts & culture organizations are witnessing a dramatic, unexpected loss in revenue unlike anything seen in our lifetime.
It is estimated the arts & culture sector has experienced a loss of 32,000 jobs and $823 million in revenue between April and July statewide. The COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund awarded 41 organizations with emergency funding, totaling $1.2 million in support.
When we celebrated New Year’s Eve and welcomed in 2020, we had no idea what the year was quickly going to bring to us – the global COVID-19 health pandemic. We had to learn a new way of life overnight. In January 2020, wearing a mask would have been an odd way to grocery shop. By August 2020, people have a collection of masks hanging from rearview mirrors in cars.
But something that isn’t as talked about is people’s mental health during all this – and how important mental health is as we survive a public health crisis. We wanted to check in with 2008 Livingston Fellow, Dr. Carl Clark, who is the President & CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, for insight and advice.
In 2018, Bonfils–Stanton Foundation named local artist and educator Carlos Fresquez as “Artist of the Year” at our Annual Awards Luncheon. Carlos has spent his career offering a unique perspective on culture in Denver and the Chicano community’s impact on the city’s evolution, so it was an honor for the Foundation to be able to recognize and acknowledge the vast impact Carlos has made in the Mile High City.
Fast-forward two years and here we are in 2020 – the year of the COVID-19 pandemic and the empowering Black Lives Matter movement. We checked in with Carlos to see how he’s doing, what projects he’s working on, and hear his thoughts about the current fight against social injustices and inequality.
During a time when powerful, effective leadership in the nonprofit sector is critically needed more than ever, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation names Chrissy Deal as Director, Livingston Fellowship Program, Arts & Social Change Grantmaking. The newly created, senior level position is a first for the Foundation and its prestigious Livingston Fellowship Program, which will both provide leadership for the Fellowship Program and oversee the Foundation’s growing arts and social change grantmaking.
Get to know Chrissy Deal and more about the position……Full Post.
Our vision and mission, like much of our community, is now in crisis due to the devastating impact of For several years, the Bonfils–Stanton Foundation has been engaged in ongoing efforts to assess and transform our grantmaking to more equitably support the full breadth of cultural activity and cultural participants in our community. As part of this effort, the Foundation recently launched the DEI Opportunity Grant program, which awarded 19 smaller organizations with funding in the pilot year.
Here is how the DEI Opportunity Grant program came to be……Full Post.
In the spring, Bonfils–Stanton Foundation packed up and moved our offices to Denver’s Arts District on Santa Fe. As arts funders, we wanted to be more accessible to the arts community – and by doing that, we wanted another way to connect with our grant partners by inviting them to create installations within our office space.