Denver Arts and Venues Awarding $40,000 in Micro-Arts Projects

Joe Vaccarelli with The Denver Post writes:

A free mobile library in a neighborhood or possibly a bird feeder at a park: Denver is ripe with opportunities for something visible and artistic in neighborhoods that give them a feeling of home.

As part of the city’s Imagine 2020 cultural plan that the city rolled out in early March, Denver Arts and Venues is doling out grant money to make those opportunities a reality with the “P.S. You Are Here” micro-arts project.

The grants will be given to neighborhood organizations, local business owners or community groups who make proposals to Denver Arts and Venues for specific projects. Awardees will have to match the grant money by putting up money of their own or donating supplies or labor to the projects. Arts and Venues will begin accepting proposals April 14 at

“If you win $4,000 in a grant, you will have to match that in the form of physical labor or provide materials,” Denver Arts and Venues spokesman Dan Rowland said, adding that Arts and Venues would like to see four to six projects completed between 2014 and June 2015.

The total budget for “P.S. You Are Here” is $50,000 with $40,000 available for grant money. Projects can receive up to $8,000 with no minimum amount specified. The projects must be highly visible temporary or long-term physical improvements. Applicants must be from a group such as a neighborhood organization, business group or community organization.

Local artists may apply, but only if they are working in association with a neighborhood group.

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