Young artists join a community event at Virginia Village Library celebrating the Happy Clouds Art Installation | PSYAH - Photo by From the Hip
Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) believes in the strength and value of arts and culture in building healthy and inclusive communities. Arts and culture can help a city heal, recover and thrive. We are deeply committed to strengthening Denver’s communities and the arts and cultural sector through various grants and cultural investments.
Through our grants, we work to provide opportunities and platforms to support our Black, Indigenous, Latino(x), people of color (BILPOC) communities, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexual, asexual, two-spirit, + (LGBTQIA2S+) communities, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, youth and older adults and additional historically marginalized communities.
Arts in Society
Arts in Society is a collaborative grant-making program that supports the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. This grant is administered by RedLine and funded by a cohort of Colorado foundations.
Cultural Partner Activation Program
The Cultural Partner Activation Program provides financial support for events at our venues in an effort to combat the long-term financial impacts of COVID-19. DAV utilizes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to pay for operational costs such as security, janitorial and third-party equipment rentals.
Denver Music Advancement Fund
Denver Music Advancement Fund supports music-centered initiatives that create equity, connection and social change for Denver residents. Past projects have used music as a tool to support mental health and wellness, education, youth engagement, literature, film, dance, theater, visual arts, technology, climate action, global connectivity, and other social innovations.
EDI Arts & Culture Fund
EDI Arts & Culture Fund supports individuals, organizations or community-driven projects that elevate the communities represented by each of the City and County of Denver’s ten Human Rights and Community Partnerships Commissions (HRCP), and that exemplify the tenets of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice.
Equity in Arts Learning for Colorado Youth
Equity in Arts Learning for Colorado Youth (EAL) seeks to increase access to arts education for historically marginalized youth. This grant is administered by Think 360 Arts with additional support from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and The Denver Foundation.
Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture
Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture recognizes individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the arts in the City and County of Denver. All winners receive a stipend to further their work.
P.S. You Are Here
P.S. You Are Here (PSYAH) funds community-led outdoor projects in Denver's public spaces. These projects aim to transform underutilized or sometimes failing neighborhood elements to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods and enrich communities.
Urban Arts Fund
Prior to 2022, the Urban Arts Fund was a graffiti prevention and youth development program facilitating the creation of new murals in perpetually vandalized areas throughout Denver. The program facilitated nearly 330 new murals and has helped protect more than 500,000 square feet of walls.
Urban Arts Fund: Engage
Urban Arts Fund: Engage is an offshoot of our UAF mural program that focuses more intentionally on art for community–building, healing and positive social change. These immersion projects are focused in places like hospitals, schools and youth services centers and bring artists together with the communities that will be experiencing the murals in their daily lives.