Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs invite city agencies, cultural institutions, businesses, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, neighborhood and community-based organizations and individuals to make this collective vision a reality with financial and promotional support through the IMAGINE 2020 Fund. The fund will provide up to $5,000 in funding support for new, creative and innovative programs inspired by one or more of the seven vision elements outlined in IMAGINE 2020 that further develops Denver’s creative landscape including:

1.    Integration – Arts, culture and creativity are fully integrated into daily life, work and play in Denver 
2.    Amplification – Arts, culture and creativity are amplified in Denver 
3.    Accessibility – Arts, culture and creativity are truly inclusive and accessible for all
4.    Lifelong Learning – Exposure, education and participation in arts, culture and creativity span our lifetimes
5.    Local Talent – Denver’s diverse artistic and creative professionals are locally cultivated
6.    Economic Vitality – Denver’s economic vitality is accelerated by arts, culture and creativity
7.    Collective Leadership – Collective and collaborative leadership is committed to high impact results in Denver

IMAGINE 2020 Fund
Call for proposals: June 25 – July 27, 2018
Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on July 27, 2018
Award Notification: August 2018


  • Access Gallery, Access Coalition
  • Art from Ashes, Creative Time Workshops
  • Arthyve, Artists for Archives
  • Athena Project, Cross Pollinations: A 24hr Women's Collaborative Artistic Action
  • Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Colorado Dragon Film Festival
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Veterans Workshop Series
  • Curious Theatre Company, Plays as Platforms: Issue-Focused Theatre for Denver's Neighborhoods and Youth
  • Denver Public Library, Podcaster in Residence at DPL
  • Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver Women in Music Symposium
  • ImaginASL Performing Arts, "The Reluctant Dragon" Play with Facilitated Discussion
  • Lisa Engelkein, Breaking Boundaries
  • Loco Lane Filmworks, Document Ed. - a documentary film
  • Mirror Image Arts, "This Belongs to Us"
  • MSU Denver Foundation, Creative Industries internship
  • Phamaly Theatre Company, Accessible Site-Specific Theatre Production
  • Razalas Studios, Movimiento Elders
  • RedLine, "Latin America: Endless Transformation" Exhibition and Community Program Series
  • Swallow Hill, Sensory Friendly Concerts at Swallow Hill Music
  • Youth Employment Academy, Arts Street We Still Live: Youth exploring positive identity through the arts


  • Café Cultura, Our Community Speaks
  • Creative Strategies for Change, Community 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


  • VSA/Access Gallery, Access, Innovation and Inclusion in the 21st Century
  • Warm Cookies of the Revolution, Stompin' Ground Games
  • Youth on Record, Musician Salon Series
  • RedLine, 48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art
  • Lighthouse, Write Denver
  • Picture Me Here, Refugees Remembering & Rebuilding
  • BirdSeed Collective, Pop-Up Art Workshop and Gallery 
  • Blackbird, Mapping Arts-Denver
  • Michael Dix, Neighbor Supply @ Denver International Airport
  • Arts Street, Creative Youth Tell the Story: Documenting Placemaking through Film
  • Denver Young Artist Orchestra, Denver Young Artists Orchestra Music Unexpected
  • Denver School of the Arts, DSA - Ashley Partnership
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Humans of Denver: A City Portrait
  • Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Colorado Attorneys for the Arts program
  • Art Students League Denver, Engaging and Supporting Denver's Pipeline of Emerging Artists and Innovators


Thank you to all those who participated in making the IMAGINE 2020 project come to life, and thank you to the many more who will participate in implementing the plan and continuing to make our city great. Whether it’s for support for arts education in Denver Public Schools, increasing access to cultural events directly in your neighborhood or creatively energizing our public life, this plan is brimming with positive ideas and goals that will elevate Denver’s standing as an international cultural destination. – Mayor Michael B. Hancock

The process of developing this plan took the whole community, and the process of implementing it throughout the coming years will take a community wide effort as well. Please, read on to learn more about our collective vision of the future of arts, culture and creativity in Denver and how you can help bring this plan to life. – Denver Arts & Venues


For additional questions and information, please reach Lisa Gedgaudas, Denver Arts & Venues.
[email protected], 720-865-5560