Denver’s Public Art program, managed by Denver Arts & Venues (A&V), has launched the 2018 Urban Arts Fund (UAF) graffiti prevention program and applications for funding are due March 19.
The UAF is open to any artist or artist team and A&V encourages emerging artists and those reflective of typically under-represented communities to apply.
“Denver’s UAF mural program has grown rapidly from when it first started 10 years ago. Our first year, we funded nine murals to help deter graffiti in some of Denver’s ‘graffiti hot spots.’ Last year, we funded more than 80 murals,” said Mary Valdez, Denver Public Art Administrator. “The UAF has become an incredible program, drawing attention and talent not only from Denver, but also on a national and international scale.”
Selected applicants will be notified in April and may receive anywhere from $1,000-$8,000. Preference will be given to projects incorporating a strong community and youth engagement component, those in neighborhoods and city council districts with few previous UAF projects, and first-time applicants.
The UAF was initiated in 2009 as a graffiti prevention program providing access to positive, creative experiences for youth and transforming dilapidated areas into well-tended and active community gathering spaces. In 2017, the UAF was expanded to develop programming partnerships that focus on community building and social change, addressing diversity, equity and inclusiveness values. Since its inception, with the help of more than 3,000 youth and 600 community participants, the program has facilitated nearly 250 new murals and has helped protect more than 350,000 square feet from vandalism.
For questions regarding the Urban Arts Fund, please contact Mary Valdez, 720-865-5564, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit PublicArtDenver.com for more information on Denver Public Art and the Urban Arts Fund.
Denver Environmental Health is soliciting applications from residents and neighborhood organizations to join Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program. The program encourages and empowers residents to become active partners in making Denver a more vibrant and livable community.
Up to two neighborhoods will be selected for the program and will join the 13 neighborhoods already participating: West Colfax, North City Park, Chaffee Park-Regis, Barnum, Villa Park, Green Valley Ranch, Baker, East Montclair/East Colfax, Congress Park, Highland, La Alma-Lincoln Park, Greater Park Hill and Harvey Park. Neighborhoods receive in-kind support from the City in the form of printing and venue and catering fees, as well as in staff assistance with outreach and project development.
Participating Sustainable Neighborhoods earn credits for achieving sustainability goals by completing resident-led projects such as encouraging neighbors to sign up for the City’s recycling and composting services, assessing neighborhood walkability and bikability, and hosting a workshop series at the local community garden. Depending on the number of credits earned each year, neighborhoods receive designation as a ‘Participating Sustainable Neighborhood’ or as an ‘Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood.’
“We are excited to kick off 2018 with a renewed focus on supporting neighborhood projects that promote resource conservation, alternative transportation and community resilience,” said Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Coordinator Taylor Moellers.
To learn more about the program and to apply, visit www.SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork.org/Denver. Sustainable Neighborhood applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.
Calling all Artists! Proposals for IMAGINE 2020 Fund now being accepted for 2017-18 projects
Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are now accepting proposals for the third year of the IMAGINE 2020 Fund.
Applications are due Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m., and award notification will be mid-July. The funding and implementation period is August 2017 through December 2018.
Proposals indicating collaboration among multiple groups are strongly encouraged. Proposed programs should be inspired by one or more of the seven vision elements outlined in IMAGINE 2020 – Denver’s Cultural Plan: Integration, Amplification, Accessibility, Lifelong Learning, Local Talent, Economic Vitality and Collective Leadership. City agencies, cultural institutions, businesses, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, neighborhood and community-based organizations, and individuals located in the City and County of Denver are eligible to submit an application.
In 2015, Denver Arts & Venues launched the IMAGINE 2020 Fund which provided funding support for 29 new, creative and innovative programs through two grant cycles 2015-17.
The IMAGINE 2020 Fund provides up to $5,000 per program. Eligible applicants can apply for programs that are new or in development since the launch of the IMAGINE 2020 Cultural Plan (Spring 2014). Programs must demonstrate a 1:1 or more match of resources including volunteer labor (valued at $20/hour), donated materials or cash. Programs must take place in the City and County of Denver, in the calendar years 2017-18 and must have a project director who will initiate, plan, implement and track the impact of the program. Projects can be independent or collaborative and reflect the applicant’s unique interpretation of the cultural plan.
In Spring 2013, Denver’s community gathered to provide a strategic vision and future platform for arts, culture and creativity in the City and County that became IMAGINE 2020 - Denver’s Cultural Plan. IMAGINE 2020 is Denver’s first cultural plan since 1989 and reflects the vision, goals and aspirations of everyone who contributed ideas through the planning process and will help guide resources, support and direction for Denver’s arts and culture in all their many forms.
Full details, guidelines and the application can be found on ArtsandVenues.com.
20 projects include affordable home repair, a celebration of military interpreters, a music and dance festival, and resources for women and children
The Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs and the Immigrant & Refugee Commission today announced the winners of the third annual Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant Program. Designed by the community for the community, the mini-grants fund projects whose goal is to break down barriers between Denver’s welcoming communities and the immigrants and refugees working to make a home here.
“Denver is and always has been a welcoming, open and safe city,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Everything we do works toward that end, including these mini-grants, which allow us to support community efforts that welcome immigrants and refugees into our neighborhoods and help build bridges where they matter most.”
The Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program provides twenty small grants to community groups that are raising each other up, creating spaces to share, learn and create real connections.
“This grant project reveals how much Denver residents are committed to developing community connections, highlighting the value we all place on creating bridges between our immigrant and receiving communities,” said Jamie Torres, director of the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs. “Residents are transforming their own personal understandings and providing space for all to feel welcome, valued and part of this city.”
The Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program was praised by the White House Taskforce on Immigrant Integration in 2015 under President Barack Obama and has been replicated in several other cities across the country as a best practice for channeling community creativity for greater immigrant integration goals.
The 20 mini-grants for 2017 include funding for five projects that demonstrated success in previous grant cycles and have been renewed and 15 new projects that are receiving funding for the first time, for a total of $20k in grants awarded.
Among the successes from previous years are:
The new projects for 2017 include:
For a complete listing of the 2017 mini-grant recipients, please visit the Immigrant Integration Mini-Grants webpage by clicking here.
Arts & Venues partners with Meow Wolf providing $20k for Denver creative spaces, multiple city agencies contributing resources
Denver Arts & Venues (A&V) and Meow Wolf announced Wednesday a partnership that includes A&V contributing $20,000 toward a funding program, organized by Meow Wolf, that will specifically assist the more immediate compliance and safety needs of Denver’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and alternative spaces.
Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe, NM-based arts organization, had previously announced plans to disburse $100,000 in annual funding to support safer DIY music and arts venues across the nation. A&V’s money will go to support infrastructural improvements, rent assistance, materials, equipment and other needs as identified by Denver applicants. The DIY fund also supports additional resources for legal, zoning and building code consulting services.
“Meow Wolf was an ideal partner for addressing short-term needs, while we continue to explore more long-term opportunities to support safe, creative spaces,” said Kent Rice, A&V executive director. “As an artist collective, Meow Wolf has emerged as a leader in the region, working closely with Denver-based artists and reacting quickly to the acute space challenges of artists nationwide with the development of its funding program.”
Meow Wolf is collecting applications for Denver-based funding until Friday, March 31. Applicants can visit here to apply.
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