Community is one of the core values of Art Students League of Denver, which is why we’ve spent the last decade working with community members to create opportunities for art making beyond our studios. Beginning in 2012, ASLD has partnered with numerous artists, organizations, and neighborhoods to design and implement community engagement programs that that provide an outlet for creative self-expression to those who otherwise don’t have access to art making opportunities.
Some highlights of our community engagement efforts:
We provide administrative and leadership support to the Diversity in the Arts internship program. DITA fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion within the arts & culture nonprofit community by matching diverse young people with paid internships at local host sites where they can gain experience and build connections on their path to leadership.
We offer all-ages arts workshops to diverse immigrant populations throughout the Denver metro area through the Denver Public Library’s Plaza Program. This successful program was the the recipient of a 2013 Mayor’s Award.
We provide workshops with an art school curriculum to members of The Gathering Place, a drop-in daytime shelter for women and transgender folks experiencing homelessness and poverty.
We reach both art teachers and students through a variety of programs with public schools in Denver & Jefferson counties.
We work with the Westwood Creative District to offer weekly, bilingual (English/Spanish) art classes at community and retirement centers in the neighborhood, as well as bringing arts programming to events like Chile Fest.
We partner with the Colorado Department of Corrections to bring weekly workshops to incarcerated women in a local correctional facility. Thanks to the success of this project over the past year, CDOC has asked ASLD to facilitate the design & creation of several outdoor murals within the facility in the coming months.
We bring arts programming to veterans and people with deep brain injuries and/or trauma in partnership with River Deep and Craig Hospital.
For more information on our Community Engagement programs, please contact Aubrey Ryan, Director of Programming & Community Engagement.