Grantmakers in the Arts spotlights Bonfils-Stanton

The organization showcased Bonfils-Stanton Foundation's initiatives and accomplishments in a blog post.


Bonfils-Stanton is excited to be fostering dialogue on diversity and equity in the arts by convening community conversations on how arts organizations can better serve more diverse audiences. President and CEO Gary Steuer wrote a recent blog post detailing their efforts to enhance arts engagement with diverse communities. He writes:
The goal was to elicit honest dialogue about the barriers and successes of engaging diverse audiences… I think we all recognize -- the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation included -- that this can be difficult work. It can sometimes be uncomfortable, it can take us out of our comfort zone, and to do it right sometimes requires significant institutional change.
Two projects worth highlighting -- both in dance -- would be their partnerships with Wonderbound and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. The Foundation was instrumental in guiding the evolution of Wonderbound, a modern dance company committed to working with live music performed by local musicians of all types and integrating other art forms from poetry to visual arts. Wonderbound has embedded itself as an agent of change within a community perceived as challenged, the epicenter of Denver's homeless population.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is Denver's most prominent African-American cultural organization with a national and international profile. The Foundation just recently committed to a significantly increased level of support (a 400% increase!) in order to invest in building a stronger infrastructure to enhance development, communications, and the operations of their school and theatre.

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