July 6, 2020 update: grants totaling $50,500 awarded to support racial justice efforts in Denver


Artwork courtesy of Detour and Max Sansing - CRUSH 2019

To reaffirm our commitment to promoting artists of color and collectively work on forming partnerships with BIPOC voices, residents, artists, and businesses, the RiNo Art District on June 30 awarded RiNo Social Impact Grants originally announced on June 4th, 2020. (Statement below).

The selection committee was made up of local neighborhood leaders including District 9 Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca (who also contributed monetarily to the fund), District 9 Chief of Staff Lisa Calderon, and representatives from Globeville, Elyria Swansea, Five Points and Cole.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
BLM5280, CIRCLE, Lyric (Learn Your Rights in the Community), Creative Strategies for Change, Theatre Artibus, Project VOYCE, GES Coalition, Black American West Museum, Make a Chess Move, Birdseed Collective, Globeville First, EGS & Partners, Community Wealth Building Network, The Kaleidoscope Project, Urban Sanctuary, Alchemy Rituals, Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center and Black Dollar Saturdays.

The art district will continue to partner with these organizations in the future. Amounts ranged between $1000 and $3500 per organization and were based on a criteria the selection committee agreed on.


June 4th, 2020 statement:

RiNo Art District is committed to listening, advocating, and remembering. It is important that we demonstrate unwavering support for racial justice both vocally and through concrete action. We know that we have a lot to learn and pledge to continue to educate ourselves on the history of systemic racism in this country, and on ways that we can actively work with Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities (BIPOC).

As a community of artists, creators and makers, we will use our voices, platforms and canvases to send a clear message that racial injustice will not be tolerated. It is time for transformative action. It is our duty to reaffirm our commitment to promoting artists of color and collectively work on forming partnerships with BIPOC voices, residents, artists, and businesses.

As a first step, we will commit $50,000 in Social Impact Grants to support organizations and groups in Five Points, Globeville, Elyria Swansea and Cole that work directly with the BIPOC community championing social justice, equity, and the eradication of racial discrimination. These funds will be distributed in partnership with local community leaders. For further information please contact: support@rinoartdistrict.org