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Colorado Funders Support Integration of Arts and Social Services

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Apr 25, 2017

A recent article in the Denver Post highlighted a public-private grantmaking strategy in Colorado that recognizes the fundamental points of overlap between arts education programs and social service enterprises. Supported by a partnership between the State of Colorado, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and the Hemera Foundation, the Arts in Society grant program will award more than $465,000 to 21 artists and organizations across the state.

The grant program began in recognition of the fact that, while social services and the arts have their own isolated funding streams, there are less funds available for the intersection of the two—e.g. “art programs that help veterans deal with trauma, after-school programs that teach kids life skills via computer drawing, and sculpture-making workshops that allow people with visual impairments to appreciate art through touch rather than sight.”

According to the Denver Post, “The grants will offer support and skills training for refugees and other recent arrivals through storytelling sessions and sewing enterprises; empower residents in Pueblo and Trinidad to reclaim and preserve local history by creating community narratives; and fund Rose Medical Center’s efforts to treat patients with the assistance of dance performances and film screenings.”

You can read more about the program here.

Also, for more information on how the arts can collaborate effectively with cross-sector partners, check out our recent article in GuildNotes, written by Cynthia Campoy Brophy, executive director of artworxLA.

Photo credit: Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA (teaser); CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Valencia, CA (detail)

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