The cultural sector is critical to our quality of life in Denver Metro, to our humanity, to our community vibrancy and diversity, and touches all of us in so many ways. For every individual who loves attending concerts and plays, visiting museums, going to dance performances and enjoying all of Denver’s unique cultural offerings, it is time to step up and ensure the sector survives these unprecedented times.
The COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund was launched by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation aimed at helping small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations in the seven-county Denver metro region.
WHAT: The general public can donate directly to the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund on The Denver Foundation’s website.
WHEN: Donations can be made now through June 26, 2020.
WHERE: The Denver Foundation is set up to make it easy on individuals who would like to donate to the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund. Donations can be made here: http://www.denverfoundation.org/COVID-19-Arts-Culture-Relief-Fund
WHY: According to national research gathered by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the median loss for nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the country was $38,000 as of May 18. With about 450 organizations in Colorado, that equates to a $17 million hit to the arts and culture sector across the state, the bulk of it in the Denver metro area. The losses will only continue to mount as arts performances and gatherings and fundraising galas are canceled and sales tax revenues decline as this pandemic continues into the summer.