The Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1 million to fifteen local arts and culture organizations.
Through the first funding round of its fiscal year, the foundation awarded grants in support of well-established organizations as well as new initiatives. Grant recipients include the Curious Theatre Company, which was awarded a general operating support grant of $135,000 over three years; the Art Students League of Denver, which was awarded $35,000 in support of a diversity, equity, and inclusion internship; the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, which was awarded $25,000 in support of the 2019 JAAMM Festival and a study of facility usage; and Community Minded Dance, which will receive $10,000 in support of performances, public programs, and outreach.
The foundation also announced the second year of its diversity in the arts internship, which supports paid internships at ten local organizations with the aim of cultivating a cohort of diverse arts and culture professionals and increasing the organizational capacity and responsiveness of nonprofits in the Denver metro area.
"It was the vision of our founders May Bonfils and Charles Stanton that the foundation help foster a vibrant and dynamic Denver," said Bonfils-Stanton Foundation president and CEO Gary Steuer. "They would be proud of how these investments in a diverse array of extraordinary cultural assets continue to fulfill their vision."
For a complete list of first-quarter grantees, see the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Mizel Center for Arts and Culture)