Catherine BSF award

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award

AfA founder receives the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Arts and Society Award!

Colorado Creative Industries Award 2019-20

Art from Ashes is honored to again be recognized as one of the top nonprofits working in the arts in Colorado by Colorado Creative Industries.

Catherine O’Neill Thorn Honored As A Westword Colorado Creative

100 Colorado Creatives are chosen by journalist and artist Susan Froyd for the Westword honor and published on their site (below). You can read the Executive Director of AfA’s thoughtful and often irreverant ideas on the state of the arts in Colorado and her personal motivations and inspiration for her work. Susan’s Facebook post is also linked below.

Click here for the story in Westword

Click here for the Facebook post

2018 Westword Article

Catherine O'Neill Thorn is a Colorado Creatives in all the best ways, as an eloquent writer, speaker and poet, as well…

Posted by Susan Froyd on Monday, December 3, 2018

Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture

Art from Ashes is the 2018 winner of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture: Youth Award

The award is presented to an organization that has significantly impacted the lives of youth in the City and County of Denver through the arts.

Thank you to the selection committee for the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts & Culture (including Erika Righter of Hope Tank), who honored Art from Ashes with the Youth Award!

Also honored were Dorothy Tanner (Innovation Award), Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center (Global Award), Colorado Ballet/Keya Clairmont (IMAGINE 2020 Award), and René Heredia Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre (Impact Award). Thank you to Mayor Hancock, and Denver Arts & Venues, particularly Tariana Navas-Nieves, Becky Grupe and Brooke Dilling who set up the whole event!

Thank you also to Indigenous artist Jonathan Nelson for the beautiful journals, desserts from woman-owned Sugar Bakeshop and Coffee House, awards from Access Gallery, and event photography from veteran photographers, TASK FORCE ISO.

Thank you to emcees Suzi Q. Smith and Rachel Bayse, and for the great music by David Ochoa!

And we are so grateful for the wonderful work of Zerosun for this most amazing video!

TOP 50 IN THE COUNTRY!

In February, AfA applied for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, and once again we have been recognized as having one of the top 50 youth arts programs in the country. More info here: www.artfromashes.org/about/community-awards-and-honors.

The NAHYP is a program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities™—in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services™—to showcase cultural excellence and enhance the availability of out-of-school arts and humanities programs to children and young people.

Since AfA has consistently been recognized by this prestigious organization, we received a letter from the National Endowment for the Humanities encouraging us to apply for their Challenge Grant. After several conversations with the federal agency and over 100 hours of work on behalf of several members of the grant team, we applied for a two-year federal grant in May.

2016 NAHYP National Recognition

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A'te-aunesEach year, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services —  recognizes 50 outstanding programs all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. This is the third time AfA has been recognized as having one of the top 50 youth arts programs in the country: the Phoenix Rising youth empowerment program using poetry and spoken word.

The committee sent the following letter to Art from Ashes announcing our award:

Congratulations! Your program’s work has been chosen for recognition as a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We are highly impressed with the successful work your organization and the other Finalists have accomplished in youth after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities learning.

Your program’s selection as one of the 50 Finalists distinguishes it as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country.

Art from Ashes could not experience these great successes without the support of our community, donors and volunteers. Thank you so much!

See the other finalists here.

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist!

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In May 2015, Art from Ashes received the following notification letter from President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Congratulations! Your program’s work has been chosen for recognition as a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We are highly impressed with the successful work your organization and the other Finalists have accomplished in youth after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities learning.

Your program’s selection as one of the 50 Finalists distinguishes it as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country.

Art from Ashes deemed one of the top 50 youth arts organizations in nation

nahypAfA was named a Finalist for the prestigious President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. In the certificate from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Art from Ashes is noted as “one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country.” The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities “bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives under our Honorary Chairperson First Lady Michelle Obama.”