“Arts in Society” Accelerates Grants in Response to Covid-19 to Support & Promote Cross Sector Work Through the Arts

Grant applications accepted through Monday, June 1, 2020

arts.socRedLine is excited to announce that the Arts in Society grant program will make available a second round of grants in 2020. The program, which supports the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans, will accept applications through June 1, 2020.

“We are accelerating the application and grantmaking process in response to the devastating economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the creative sector” explains Gary Steuer, President & CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Arts in Society is accepting applications from artists, arts organizations and nonprofits that are responding to the current threat of Covid-19 or responding to another pressing social challenge. “We are not considering this round of Arts in Society a COVID-19 relief fund,” explains RedLine Executive Director, Louise Martorano, “This is an opportunity for creative work by artists and organizations to find support, whether by responding to the current crisis or exploring new responses to ongoing social challenges.” With the intent of preserving the original purpose of the grant program, the funding partners continue to focus on ​cross-sector collaborations​ to fund projects that engage a wide range of issues ​through a variety of media.

Over the last 4 years, the Arts in Society grant program has provided over $2 million to projects that engage arts organizations and artists as partners in illuminating and finding solutions to a wide array of civic and social challenges faced by Colorado communities. Through this round of funding, ​grants between $5,000-$35,000 will be available to non-profit organizations and individual artists or activists to fund projects that will take place in Colorado between August 2020-August 2022.

Grants will be determined by a selection panel and will seek projects that best demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevance, foster community engagement, present opportunities for shared learning, illustrate artistic excellence, and broaden the understanding of the role that arts play in society. Individuals and organizations interested in using art to respond to the current COVID-19 public health crisis are highly encouraged to apply. "Colorado Creative Industries is committed to supporting community engagement through the arts, particularly at this challenging time in our lives.” Margaret Hunt, Executive Director, Colorado Creative Industries.

Arts in Society, administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center, is funded by the following partners: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation (2017-present), Hemera Foundation (2017-present), Colorado Creative Industries (2017-present), Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) (2020), The Colorado Health Foundation (2020) and Denver Arts & Venues (2021)