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Arts Affinity Group 

As Advocates for learning through the arts, The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group (AAG) provides grants to advance innovation and engagement in the Metro Denver arts community.

The AAG started in 2013 to bring arts philanthropists together to build connections with other inspired donors, learn together about the artists and organizations that use their creations to inspire, and to highlight Metro Denver’s thriving arts community. Quarterly luncheons expose members to the best and most innovative ideas, organizations and thought leaders throughout the city. The AAG members also pool resources to make grants to support and leverage innovation through the annual Colorado Art Tank.

For more information about becoming a member, contact Kelly Purdy at or 303.300.1790, or download our membership form today.

Third Annual Art Tank: February 7, 2017

The 3rd annual Colorado Art Tank is coming up February 7, 2017 at the Newman Center on the DU campus. Come watch as six outstanding arts organizations present their "business UNusual" ideas for a chance at $75,000 in grant funds. As an audience member, your vote counts. Please contact Kelly Purdy, for details and ticket requests. Click here for more information.

Since inception, the AAG has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of nonprofit arts organizations that are changing Denver into the world class creative city it is. Since 2014, the group has produced Colorado Art Tank, an interactive community event showcasing Denver’s best artists and creative projects. Finalists are selected through an open application process and invited to present their business unusual projects in front of a live audience and a panel of arts community leaders. Art Tank encourages arts organization to conceive and present bold, innovative ideas to compete for funding awarded through live voting at the finale of the event.


Buntport Theater Company               Artist Ian Cooke         Lighthouse Writers Worksho    
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts       
      PHAMALY Theatre Company              Youth on Record     
OhHeckYeah        Warm Cookies of the Revolution              VSA Colorado – Access Gallery 
Redline Gallery        Lone Tree Arts Center       Molina Speaks
El Sistema Colorado        Art Students League of Denver       Platte Forum 
Pop Culture Classroom        Denver Botanic Gardens  

More about the AAG…

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Find out more about how The Denver Foundation supports the arts.