Denver Arts & Venues will for the fifth year in a row award thousands of dollars in grant money to people with ideas for creative, community-led outdoor projects in public spaces — and applications are now open.
The P.S. You Are Here program this year will give out at least $70,000 in funding — up $5,000 from the $65,000 it gave to eight projects earlier this year. The highest available block of money is $10,000, and those awarded grants must match them through cash, in-kind contributions or volunteer time, according to a press release.
The program is part of IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s “community-based cultural plan that presents strategic vision and implementation support for arts, culture and creativity contributing significantly to the city’s economy and quality of life.” The 2017 class awarded in January included Balfour Senior Living at Riverfront Park, Birdseed Collective, Broadway Partnership, Walk Denver, Black Cube, South Pearl Street Association, RedLine Contemporary Art Center and Thomas Jefferson High School.
Happy City, which brought weird, delightful and confusing art projects to Denver this summer was an earlier recipient of funding, as were those painted dumpsters from Birdseed Collective.
“Not only do P.S. You Are Here and other IMAGINE 2020 projects bring creativity and culture right into the daily lives of Denver residents and visitors, but these projects also connect neighbors and community members by making art more accessible,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in a statement.
Arts & Venues is accepting applications through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Applications can be found at artsandvenuesdenver.com.