By Erica Boniface, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Staff
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has a new face behind the scenes. If you call our offices or attend an upcoming Foundation event, you’ll likely be acquainted with our new part-time administrative assistant, Sarah Saffari.
In the office Tuesdays through Fridays mornings, Sarah will be working hard managing the ins-and-outs of the Foundation’s day-to-day operations.
‘As Bonfils-Stanton Foundation continues to develop pivotal programs and initiatives for Denver’s arts and cultural communities (as well as investing in our Livingston Fellowship program), we knew we needed someone to help with the daily office workload,’ says Gary Steuer, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation CEO. ‘We welcome Sarah to our “small but mighty” team!’
We wanted to get to know Sarah, and formally introduce her to our community – so the next time you ring our office and hear a new voice, you’ll quickly know who is on the other line.
BSF: Hi Sarah! Tell us a bit about your background.
SS: I first came to Colorado for school and graduated from University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. I received a BS in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Italian while I was there. After graduation, I moved back “home” to Washington state where I worked for a newspaper in digital marketing.
I moved back to Colorado in September 2017 and love getting to know Denver. I was looking for something to do in the arts, I do a lot of acting in the community in student films and smaller projects and I also DJ– weddings, events and such – so I was beyond elated when I found the posting for Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.
BSF: What aspect of the Foundation’s work are you most excited about?
SS: Being part of the small, important team where a lot of communication happens. I’m excited to learn about the Foundation’s grantmaking and its grantees; which will help me learn about the arts community as a whole. There’s so much that I don’t know, that I’m sure Monique, Gary, Ann and Gina will play a big part in helping me understand the arts landscape and make me feel more connected.
BSF: How are you engaged in the local art scene as a consumer of or maker in the arts?
SS: I am a little bit of both. My medium is acting, and by being a part of student films is kind of an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. One day you’ll be behind the camera. The next, you’ll be in front of it. Colorado’s film community continues to grow and it’s exciting to be a part of it in my own way.
I also love being a consumer, I recently went to La Boheme at Ellie Caulkins Theatre. I can’t wait to see more performances and explore exhibits in the coming year.
BSF: Who or what inspires you the most – professionally and personally?
SS: I think art takes courage to create. I’m inspired by the people that put their work and themselves out there, in the face of adversity or judgement. If he or she – or they – can connect with even one person through their medium, then courageous art becomes a way of life that ultimately makes our world a better place.
BSF: If you could have any artistic talent – what would it be and why?
SS: I would love to be able to sing. I listen to a lot of power ballads and strong female vocalists, and I wish I could open my mouth and have that beautiful sound come out.