IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund Expands and Becomes the Colorado Artist Relief Fund


UPDATE - April 8: Due to an overwhelming amount of applications the Colorado Artist Relief Fund has been temporarily closed. In the meantime, individuals, foundations and organizations can contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund and if foundations or corporations are interested in partnering on this initiative they should contact [email protected].  

The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a partnership between Denver Arts & Venues, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Please visit RedLine’s website for more information and to apply for the Colorado Artist Relief Fund. Please note, this is a new partnership with continued relief support, but not a new fund.

For inquiries, you can reach:
Louise Martorano with RedLine: [email protected]
Lisa Gedgaudas with Denver Arts & Venues: [email protected]


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The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a collaboration between multiple arts organizations and funders working at state, regional, and local levels. The fund will pool private and public funding to be administered through RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Current partners in this developing initiative include Denver Arts & Venues, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine.

On March 19, in response to the economic distress experienced by artists as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Denver Arts & Venues launched the IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund with $130K. Recognizing the overwhelming response to this aid and tremendous need of artists throughout Colorado, the Colorado Artist Relief Fund was developed. The Warhol Foundation Regional Regranting Funds have been reallocated and authorized for relief funds through RedLine, and along with Colorado Creative Industries both have joined Denver Arts & Venues in a partnership that centralizes and streamlines relief efforts, and increases funds for individual artists. 

These funds will provide grants of up to $1,000 to individual Colorado artists whose incomes are being adversely affected due to cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other creative work.

Denver Arts & Venues is committed to the well-being of artists in our community and recognize the serious financial impact the current health pandemic is having on their livelihoods.

Funding will be made available for artists that have ongoing creative endeavors through multiple disciplines including visual, digital, film, music, performing, teaching, etc. This program will prioritize lower-income artists and artists who have no other source of income.

Individuals, foundations or organizations will be able to contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund.

Colorado Relief Fund grants are open to all self-identifying artists in multiple disciplines whose income has been impacted by the Corona virus and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs and childcare. These grants can be used for (but are not limited to):

1. Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events:

  • Performances in all performing arts disciplines
  • Work in creative disciplines
  • Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities

2. Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that was paid for by the artist including:

  • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
  • Artist Residencies
  • Touring

3. Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures


  • Individual artists must live in Colorado
  • Supporting documentation will be required on the application

Denver Arts & Venues is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes. We are making all efforts to share the program broadly to reach the vast diversity of our creative and cultural community.