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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. 

Going into 2019, the AAG has entered a strategic planning and visioning process to determine the best way to serve the Denver arts community. The outcome will be a departure from the Art Tank model, so no Art Tank RFP will be distributed this year.

Updates will be posted here for exciting new directions in 2019.

If you have questions about AAG grantmaking, please email

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 in the arts.

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

2018 Art Tank 

The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group hosted a very successful Art Tank! Phamaly Theatre Company was the 1st Place and Audience Choice winner, taking home $30,000 in grant money for their project “Morph Masters: How Disability Made Famous Artists Awesome!” 2nd Place and a $13,000 grant went to Think360 Arts/Improv Alchemy for their project “Denver Talent Show Network.” Third place and a $10,000 grant went to The Trust for Public Land for their project “CREATE: New Art for New Freedom.” Holding the event in the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at DU allowed us to open the event to the general public for the first time and we had over 300 people in the audience!

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. From 2014 - 2018, the group produced Colorado Art Tank, an interactive community event showcasing Denver’s best artists and creative projects. Finalists were 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 encouraged arts organization to conceive and present bold, innovative ideas to compete for funding awarded through live voting at the finale of the event.

More about the AAG…

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Colorado Public Radio

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