FORT COLLINS, Colorado, January 11, 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 2018.
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.
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 February 12. An Art in Public Places committee selects artists each year. For further information and to apply, visit www.fcgov.com/artspublic/current-competitions.php.
Session I: Presentation and Q&A:
Jan. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Matthews St., 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 30, 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 was also inspired by a similar project on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. The first pianos were placed in Downtown Fort Collins during the 2010 holiday season. This is the eighth 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.
What: Bohemian Foundation today announced that Pharos Fund is now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 grant round. Pharos Fund is a responsive grantmaking initiative of Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs. Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Who: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or a governmental unit serving a charitable purpose. Private foundations, type III non-functionally-integrated supporting organizations, and programs and projects under fiscal sponsorship are ineligible to apply to Pharos Fund.
Applicants do not need to be headquartered in Fort Collins to receive funding. However, applicants must serve clients within the Poudre School District boundary or have a direct impact on individuals in the grantmaking area.
When: Bohemian Foundation will accept applications until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8.
Where: To apply for a grant, visit bohemianfoundation.org/pharos-apply
-Applicants may apply for the following types of support: program support, general operating support or project support.
-Pharos Fund grant applications are considered twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
-Applicants may request any funding amount up to $30,000 per application.
FORT COLLINS, Colorado, December 12, 2017 – Bohemian Foundation today announced that it awarded $550,000 to 36 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 $17,760,000 in Pharos Fund grants to a variety of organizations serving the Fort Collins area.
“We’re so pleased to support these organizations that are working to strengthen our community,” said Sara Maranowicz, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs director. “These applicants are addressing important issues and using their expertise to meet community needs.”
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 Pharos Fund recipients.
Bohemian Foundation will begin accepting applications for the next Pharos Fund round on Jan. 9, 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.
What: More than 400 Larimer County middle and high school students and 36 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.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
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.