Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs have announced the recipients of the 2017 IMAGINE 2020 fund, a city grant program that gives up to $5,000 to a new cultural project. This year the city is handing out a total of $75,000 in grants; a handful of members of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs chose the winners.
"It went really well," says Lisa Gedgaudas of Denver Arts & Venues, who helps guide the selection process. "We had close to fifty submissions this year and ended up with nineteen, which feels pretty good."
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Among the projects receiving grants are the Colorado arts archive Arthyve; a podcast lab at the Denver Public Library that will host resident podcaster Paul Karolyi of Changing Denver; and Daniel Salazar's razalas studios, an intergenerational performance project that will have young Chicanos record interviews with their activist elders and then re-enact their stories on stage.
Here's the full list of recipients, the projects and the grant amount:
Access Gallery: Access Coalition, $2,500
Art From Ashes: Creative Time Workshops, $5,000
Arthyve: Artists for Archives, $5,000
Athena Project: Cross Pollinations: A 24hr Women’s Collaborative Artistic Action, $2,500
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival: Colorado Dragon Film Festival, $2,500
Colorado Photographic Arts Center: Veterans Workshop Series, $2,500
Curious Theatre Company: Plays as Platforms: Issue-Focused Theatre for Denver’s Neighborhoods and Youth, $2,500
Denver Public Library: Podcaster in Residence at DPL, $5,000
Denver Young Artists Orchestra: Denver Women in Music Symposium, $2,500
ImaginASL Performing Arts: “The Reluctant Dragon” Play with Facilitated Discussion, $5,000
Lisa Engelkein: Breaking Barriers, $3,950
Loco Lane Filmworks: Document Ed. — a documentary film, $4,850
Mirror Image Arts: "This Belongs to Us," $5,000
MSU Denver Foundation: Creative Industries Internship, $5,000
Phamaly Theatre Company: Accessible Site-Specific Theatre Production, $5,000
razalas studios, Daniel Salazar: Movimiento Elders, $5,000
RedLine: "Latin America: Endless Transformation" Exhibition and Community Program Series, $3,200
Swallow Hill: Sensory Friendly Concerts at Swallow Hill Music, $3,000
Youth Employment Academy: Arts Street We Still Live: Youth exploring positive identity through the arts, $5,000