Denverite: Denver’s giving $130,000 to support creativity in the city. Here’s who gets the money



The 2019 class of Imagine 2020 fund grantees includes local theaters, historical sites and other local organizations enriching the city’s cultural tapestry.


A release from the Denver Arts & Venues this week said the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs will provide $130,000 in funding for programs running from 2019 through 2020. The release said 31 recipients were selected out of more than 90 applications submitted.


The Imagine 2020 Fund provides up to $7,500 in funding to support creative programs. The fund is now in its fifth year. Each recipients aligns with Imagine 2020’s vision to develop, “creative landscape and bring Denver’s collective vision a reality.”


FloraJane DiRienzo, commissioner on the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, was a member of the selection panel this year. She called the amount of “passion, dedication and hard work” the cultural community put into the application process “inspiring.”

“Given the number of well deserving individuals and organizations, the selection process is really challenging to narrow down award recipients,” DiRienzo said in the release. “I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s Imagine 2020 projects and visions come to life.”

The 31 fund recipients include:

  • Alliance Française de Denver, L’Alliance & Co.

  • Art Students League of Denver, Modern Indigenous Living

  • Blues Behind Bars via Living Fire Arts Network, Songs from Behind Bars

  • Breaking Barriers, Afro Latin Roots of Hip Hop

  • City Roots TV + Palm Wine Collective, Let’s Talk About PanAfricanism Series

  • Collective SML | k, CounterART

  • Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Hidden No More

  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 2019 Veterans Workshop Series

  • Creative Strategies for Change, Community Cypher

  • Curious Theatre Company, Staging Justice: Denver Faces its KKK History Through Theatre

  • Denver Arts and Technology Advancement (DATA), 3R Immersive Digital Dome and VR Workshop

  • Edgar L. Page, Feel the Movement, The Intersection of Truth and Beauty

  • Emily vonSwearingen, New De’VIA (Deaf View/Image Art)

  • Genevieve Waller, DARIA: Denver Art Review, Inquiry, and Analysis

  • International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Inc., Reclaiming Ancestral Connections: A Virtual Homecoming for Our Diasporic

  • Jacob Miller & Lauren McCune, THE MOTEL PROJECT

  • Las Adelitas Living the Arts, Our Whole Selves

  • Latino Cultural Arts Center, Transformation & Placemaking

  • Leon Gallery, Community Salad

  • Levitt Pavilion Denver, Vietnamese Music and Cultural Festival

  • Mirror Image Arts, Restorative Theatre: Joining the Ensemble

  • Molly Brown House Museum, Accessibility Advancements

  • Open Media Foundation, Open Media Career Engine

  • PlatteForum, Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program

  • Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Artists of Color Summit and Exchange Series

  • The Clinic, First, Do No Harm

  • Think 360 Arts for Learning, Creative Aging

  • Tony A. Diego, Tōltēcayōtl – The Creative Process

  • Vocal Coalition, Black Music Matters at The Newman Center

  • Warm Cookies of the Revolution, Cruise Down Fedz

  • Youth on Record, Professional Development for Educators of the Audio Production and Engineering Career Pathway


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