By Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Staff
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
“We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.” -John Wooden
You’ve probably heard plenty of famous quotes about change.
It’s inevitable. It’s the one constant in life.
Well, an exciting change is coming for the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. It’s a transformation that will help propel the Foundation forward in its mission to inspire a better-connected community here in Denver through arts and culture.
Starting on March 2, you’ll find us at our new home located at 1033 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.
“We’re really looking forward to this move,” said Gary Steuer, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s President and CEO. “Our new home will be in Denver’s Arts District on Santa Fe, and will be more accessible within the arts community, offering much better convening space that we will make available to the cultural and nonprofit community.”
As the leading arts funding foundation in Denver, Bonfils-Stanton feels it is important to incorporate the works of local artists in our space and will feature permanent installations by several Denver artists, including Ramon Bonilla, Jodi Stuart, Deb Rosenbaum, Sandra Fettingis and 2018 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s “Artist Award” Honoree Carlos Frésquez. We were pleased to work with NINE dot ARTS on the art program for the space.
A colorful geometric large-scale mural by Ramon Bonilla will welcome visitors into the space while Sandra Fettingis’ mural work is being realized through vinyl on glass roll-up doors in the large conference space. Also featured in the conference room will be an original painting by Carlos Frésquez. A dynamic 3D digital media piece is being created by Jodi Stuart and a display of Deb Rosenbaum’s mixed media small framed art will enhance the walls. We will also have an area devoted to a rotating display of work by different cultural groups, as well as a video screen that will allow us to the highlight the work of a wide array of our grantees and Livingston Fellows.
“Being embedded within the arts community of Denver was a logical next step for us as we have completed the transition of our grantmaking to focus entirely on funding local arts organizations,” Steuer said. “Also, moving to a neighborhood that has such a rich Latino and Chicano heritage is more aligned with our equity values. By becoming a neighbor and ally in the community, we believe we can also play a role in helping to preserve both its artistic vibrancy and its Latino heritage.”
This move, however, means that Bonfils-Stanton Foundation will leave its former home in the iconic Daniels & Fisher Tower, overlooking the vibrant 16th Street Mall. “We loved our many years in the clock tower. It was a wonderful place to work,” Steuer said. “But this is a change that will keep us moving forward toward our mission.”