Get Your Outdoor Mural Ideas Funded! Denver Arts & Venues announces multiple 2017 grant opportunities

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce three funding opportunities through IMAGINE 2020

Denver’s community-based cultural plan. DENVER’S URBAN ARTS FUND (UAF) Now in its ninth year, UAF is a graffiti prevention and youth development program which facilitates the creation of new murals in perpetually vandalized areas throughout the City and County of Denver. The program has nearly 170 murals, abating vandalism on more than 227,000 square feet, and has engaged more than 2,760 Denver youth and 550 community participants in the development and installation of these murals.

Call for proposals: Now – March 20, 2017 Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on March 20, 2017 Award Notification: April 2017 IMAGINE 2020 FUND Now in its third year, the I2020 fund will help support and generate awareness of programs that take action on one or more of the seven vision elements of the cultural plan launched in 2014 for Denver. These are: 1) Integration, 2) Amplification, 3) Accessibility, 4) Lifelong Learning, 5) Local Talent, 6) Economic Vitality, and 7) Collective Leadership Call for proposals: May 3 – June 16, 2017 Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on June 16, 2017 Award Notification: July 2017 P.S. YOU ARE HERE (PSYAH) Now in its fourth year, PSYAH is a citywide creative placemaking aDenver Murals_2nd neighborhood revitalization initiative that cultivates collaborative, community-led outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces.

PSYAH funds help support creative, short-term physical improvement projects that aim to transform our underutilized urban spaces to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities, and inspire long-term change. Call for proposals: August 7 – September 15, 2017 Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on September 15, 2017 Award Notification: October 2017 Programs funded through these grants contribute to Denver’s economy and quality of life by offering unique experiences to residents and visitors, creating jobs, attracting a talented workforce, and strengthening the community.

2016 URBAN ARTS FUND MURAL RECIPIENTS Oliver Vernon, California; Nigel Panhale, Denver; Alexandre Orion, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Blaine Fontana, Portland, OR; Chad Bolsinger, Denver; Kendall Peterson & CIG-I-70 viaduct, Denver; Yulia Avgustinovich, Lakewood, CO; Pete Goldlust, Eugene, OR; Blaine Fontana, Portland, OR; Patrick Macy, Littleton, CO; Anthony Garcia, Denver; Adam Gordon & Lewis Neeff, Denver; Chelsea Romaniello, Arts Street, Denver; Bimmer Torres, Denver; Frank Locantore, W. Colfax BID, Denver & Mario Echavarria, Longmont, CO; Lisa Michot, CO. 2016 IMAGINE 2020 FUND RECIPIENTS Café Cultura, “Our Community Speaks;” Creative Strategies for Change, “Com
munity Cypher;” Edify Technologies, “Classroom Music Exchange;” Ray Rinaldi, “One Good Eye;” Randle Media Properties, “A Beckwourth Spirit” (Film); VSA/Access Gallery, “Denver Access Conference and Consortium;” Art Students League of Denver, “ARTivism and Comunidad;” Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, “ArtForward;” Friends of Chamber Music, “Harlem Quartet Residency;” Swallow Hill Music Association, “Little Swallows Early Childhood Program;” The Art Garage, “Art Reaching Kids;” Mirror Image Arts, “Speak Up, Speak Out!;” Molina Speaks, “Cultural Visual Album;” Zachary Maas, “Phone It In.”

2016 P.S. YOU ARE HERE GRANT RECIPIENTS Birdseed Collective, “Quigg Newton Housing Development Dumpster Beautification Project;” City Park Alliance/City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee, “Literary Hide and Seek in City Park;” Civic Center Conservancy, “Art in Beds: Tree of Transformation;” Concerned Citizens of Barnum, “The Barnum Piñata Parade;” Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP), “Southwest and Far Northeast Denver Mural Collaborative;” RedLine Contemporary Art Center, “Moveable Feast;” Santa Fe Drive Business Improvement District, “Connections_Our Civic Ecology;” Thomas Jefferson High School, “TJ Community Bus Shelter and Bus Bench Project;” West Colfax Association of Neighbors (WeCAN), “Voices.”

For more information and application instructions, please visit ### About Denver Arts & Venues Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan.