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Our Most Recent News Releases


Pianos About Town Program Seeks Artists

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, December 10, 2018 - Pianos About Town, an interactive public art program in Fort Collins, announced today that it is seeking artists or artist teams to paint or artistically decorate pianos in 2019.

The program will offer two different sessions designed to provide resources for potential applicants. Neither session is required in order to apply. During the first session, potential applicants will hear a presentation about the application process and will have opportunities to ask questions. The second session is an open house and application review, during which program staff will work one-on-one with attendees to review their applications and make application recommendations.

Application Information

The program is looking for diversity in artwork styles and concepts, with a preference for emerging artists and new and exciting ideas. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000. To apply, artists must submit a letter of intent and concept rendering. The application deadline is 5 p.m. MST on Feb. 11. An Art in Public Places committee selects artists each year. For further information and to apply, visit www.fcgov.com/artspublic/current-competitions

Session I: Presentation and Q&A:

Jan. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Music District, 639 S College Ave, Fort Collins

This session will include a presentation at 6:30 p.m. about the application and review process. Handouts will be provided and program staff will be available to answer questions during the rest of the session.

Session II: Open House and Application Review:

Jan 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Matthews St., Fort Collins

At this drop-in session, staff will be available to sit with applicants one-on-one to review applications and make application recommendations. Staff also will be available to provide general information for applicants who were unable to attend the first information session. Information about other artist opportunities offered by the City of Fort Collins will be available.

About the Pianos About Town Program:

Pianos About Town is a public art initiative that provides paid work to local visual artists, gives the public the opportunity to observe these artists work in real time, showcases the work of artists throughout town, and brings opportunities for spontaneous musical expression to the streets of Fort Collins.

The original inspiration for Pianos About Town comes from British artist Luke Jerram, who created a 60-piano installation that toured the world, stopping in New York City in June 2010. Pianos About Town also was inspired by a similar project on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. The first pianos were placed in Downtown Fort Collins in 2010. This is the ninth season for Pianos About Town.

Pianos are acquired through donations made by community members looking for a new home for their used instruments. Pianos are picked up, free of charge, from their previous homes and brought to a storage area where they are cleaned, tuned, prepped for painting, and readied for the outside elements. After that, the painting begins. Selected local artists spend approximately two weeks painting their piano in downtown Fort Collins, outdoors in a public location when weather permits. Once painted, each finished piano enters into rotation at Pianos About Town locations throughout Fort Collins. Area businesses play a key role in the success of the project by “adopting” the painted pianos and covering them during inclement weather.

Pianos About Town started in 2010 as a collaboration among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program.

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Bohemian Foundation Pharos Fund Awards $540K to Local Organizations

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, December 5, 2018 – Bohemian Foundation today announced that it awarded $540,000 to 37 local organizations working to encourage and enable youth to thrive, empower individuals and families on the path toward economic stability, and strengthen our vibrant community. Bohemian Foundation awards Pharos Fund grants twice every year. Since its inception in 2001, Bohemian Foundation has awarded $18,861,690 in Pharos Fund grants to a variety of organizations serving the Fort Collins area.

“Bohemian Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofits demonstrating impactful, measurable outcomes in our community,” said Sara Maranowicz, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs director. “We are excited to increase support in our vibrant community goal area, which aims to fortify our community’s capacity to welcome diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives.”

Pharos Fund is a responsive grantmaking program of Bohemian Foundation that makes awards up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental units. A committee comprised of Bohemian Foundation board members and community reviewers selects grantees through a competitive application process.

Click here to view the full List of Fall 2018 Pharos Fund Recipients.

Bohemian Foundation will begin accepting applications for the next Pharos Fund round on Dec. 19, 2018. Visit BohemianFoundation.org for more information.

Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its responsive grant making programs and special initiatives.

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Bohemian Foundation Awards More Than $75K For Music-Related Activities And Organizations

FORT COLLINS, Colo., November 19, 2018 – Bohemian Foundation today announced that it awarded nearly $75,000 to nine organizations working locally to strengthen community through music.

Muse provides support to organizations that have popular contemporary music as their primary focus, or that have a music-centered program. Through Muse, Bohemian Foundation makes awards of up to $20,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Larimer and Weld Counties. Applications are accepted twice per year. Funding requests must align primarily with one of Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goals: to provide youth with encouragement and opportunities to express themselves through music; to help musicians and music-related businesses grow and develop; and to increase performances of live music.

Click here to view the full List of Fall 2018 Muse Recipients.

Bohemian Foundation will begin accepting applications for Muse grants again in Spring 2019.

Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its responsive grant making programs and special initiatives.

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Students and Nonprofits Gather for Annual Give Next Kickoff Day

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Sept. 24, 2018 – More than 400 Larimer County middle and high school students and 45 local nonprofits will gather to kick off their participation in Give Next, a year-long program designed to teach students about giving and the important roles nonprofits play in our community. The event will include various speakers, a nonprofit fair and workshops led by nonprofit staff.

When: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Where: Colorado State University Lory Student Center, 1101 Center Ave. Mall, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523

Details: Give Next is a school-based youth philanthropy program designed to provide middle and high school students with hands-on experience in philanthropic giving. Through the program, local businesses, foundations, and individuals become classroom donors by providing each participating school with $5,000 to award to Larimer County nonprofits. With the financial support of these donors, students design and manage their own grantmaking programs. Students work together to identify community needs, choose a focus area, create their own mission statement, research nonprofits, volunteer, conduct site visits, review grant applications, and make funding decisions. At the end of the school year, students award grants to selected nonprofits.

To learn more about Give Next, visit givenextnoco.org.

Reporters who would like to attend Give Next Kickoff Day can call Andrea Coy at 970-556-1201.

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