Heart to Heart

A heart-to-heart conversation with Catherine O’Neill Thorn, inviting a response from our supporters.

2020 Holiday Letter

Happy Season of Light! Read our annual holiday letter, which includes a youth poem.

Leadership Arts program

AfA’s Director of Programs Sarah Lanzarotta is honored to have been chosen to participate…


May 5, 2020 is a new international day for supporting nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis— #GivingTuesdayNOW

Fury by Hayle

Read a wonderful poem written in only three minutes by Hayle, a 16-year-old creative genius at Endeavor Academy in Arapahoe County…

Creative Time Farewell

Although we’re saying a fond farewell to our Thursday Creative Time, we have a plan to keep the art happenin’! Wanna know what it is?

The Colorado Sun

Colorado Sun Article

Thank you to poet, activist and Art from Ashes board member Theo E.J. Wilson for this wonderful piece in The Colorado Sun!

The Colorado Sun

Poetry program helps inner city kids navigate their way past depression and suicidal thoughts


World Denver Youth Workshops

Each year World Denver partners with Art from Ashes to present our program to dignitaries around the world, including the Philippines, Great Britain, Malaysia and other nations. We also are privileged to provide workshops for the Iraqi Youth Delegation.

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for high school students and adult mentors is a program sponsored and funded by the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad and U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division. Through IYLEP, participants can develop skills in leadership and civic engagement through workshops as well as build mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the U.S. through homestays.

My Voice Is
By Tava

My voice is stuck
Between the real self
And the person I want to be
Who is the person I want to be?
It’s the person people want to see

A person that keeps quiet
A person that society wants
A person who ‘behaves’

Could the self be defined
Without society’s standards?
Is there such a thing
As the self?
With the personalities
And looks
That society has taught us?

If I grew in the mountains, the trees,
Next to the water
Would I have been louder?

It’s Like Making the Boat Rock

Interview with 19-year-old youth poet Zaya Heffenger: “It’s definitely one of the deeper connections I’ve ever had”…


First Friday Youth Workshops/Performance

PerformanceFlyerJoin us every First Friday in the ArtsDistrict on Santa Fe for a youth performance at Denver Art Society at 734 Santa Fe Dr. at 7 pm.
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Much more than a public performance, youth gather at Art from Ashes at 4.30 for a FREE one-hour Phoenix Rising writing workshop, followed at 5.30 by a FREE one-hour performance workshop.

AfA facilitators and local artists/performers guide the youth through poetry writing prompts and spoken word presentations to prepare them for public performance.

All Sacred Foundation Tattoo & Poetry Fundraiser

all sacred foundationThe second All Sacred Foundation fundraiser for Art from Ashes, Phoenix Multisport and Planned Pethood will be held this upcoming First Friday. Join us for some wicked cool tatts performed by some of the best tattoo artists in Denver and for some poetry performed by the youth poets of Art from Ashes!

Powered by Art Podcast Interview

Michael Keen hosts Powered By Art, a community outreach program of The Museum of Outdoor Arts. An aspect of this program is the podcast, which features new episodes with creative makers every week.

The Podcast is a 40-minute informal interview with Catherine O’Neill Thorn and Host Michael Keen. The goal of the interview is to explore the world through AfA’s eyes and tap into what inspires and motivates Catherine as a creator.

Powered By Art believes in the power of Art and Creativity to change the World…Inspiring us to greatness, defying our preconceptions and manifesting our dreams. We contribute to this by initiating conversations with inspiring, creative Makers.

Episodes are available through their website and iTunes.

AfA Featured on Colorado & Company


Catherine and youth poet PJ Sykes on Colorado & Company in 2013

Catherine and  a youth poet will be featured on Colorado & Company, on Channel 9! Tune in for the youth performance!

Boulder International Film Festival

C2A circle logo_shadowArt from Ashes has been selected as the first Nonprofit Partner in the Call 2 Action program of the Boulder International Film Festival 2015! A collaboration of Boulder International Film Festival, Philanthropiece Foundation, the Twisted Foundation, and committed local leaders, Call 2 Action offers concrete ways for filmgoers to take the energy and passion inspired by film and move from concern to action. Because of our agency’s connection with the Jimmy Santiago Baca film “A Place to Stand,” Art from Ashes has been provided a platform “to raise awareness for the incredible service that [you] provide for our community by introducing the power of poetry and art to transform lives.”
Art from Ashes will introduce the film at 10am on Sunday, followed by the screening.

Post-screening, there will be a TalkBack (Panel discussion) in the “TalkBack Cafe” just across the street from the Boulder Theater on the Pearl Street Mall. The TalkBack is open to anyone who wishes to find out more about the film and our work with youth, and will feature Jimmy Santiago Baca, Art from Ashes Executive Director Catherine O’Neill Thorn, and Art from Ashes youth poet Prinjastin Sykes.

Download the program here. (we’re on pages 15 and 35 :D)
 Boulder International Film Festival March 5-8 in Boulder and the film “A Place to Stand,” based on the life of Jimmy Santiago Baca, at 10am on Sunday the 8th!

Buy tickets here!

Tattoos and Poetry

Get tattooed for a cause on Feb 7! All proceeds from the All Sacred Foundation fundraiser are donated to 4 amazing organizations: Art from Ashes, Art of War, Phoenix Multisport and Planned Pethood International.

Between the hours of 5 and 11 pm, there will be DJ’s; youth performances and writing/art prompts by Art from Ashes; prints and shirts for sale; and donation based massage! Drop in and hang out with us, have a good time, and learn about All Sacred Foundation and the organizations they support.

(check out the All Sacred Foundation Facebook page to book a specific tattoo artist or just drop in!

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Wednesday Drop-In Wordshops

2A-Rose Drop-In FlyerJoin Art from Ashes facilitators, other youth from the community, and guest poets for a FREE poetry and spoken word workshop at Art from Ashes on Inca between 8th and 9th.

Every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

While this wordshop is geared toward middle school age youth, all young people between the age of 12 and 24 are welcome.

We’ll provide the writing materials, art supplies, food and drinks! You provide the creative genius!

Email us using the form below if you’d like to let us know you’re coming or want more information…and if you want to be sure you get some food!
(or just show up — we promise to feed you)

Contact our Director of Programs

Tattoos and Poetry: All Sacred Foundation Fundraiser

AllSacred-Sept16Get tattooed for a cause! All proceeds from the All Sacred Foundation fundraiser are donated to four amazing organizations: Art from Ashes, Phoenix Multisport and Planned Pethood International and Colton’s Crusade.

On Sept 3rd, there will be a huge blowout event at The Oriental Theater! Save the Date and check out the All Sacred Foundation Facebook page to get updated information and to book a specific tattoo artist on the big day!


Yoga & Poetry 2016

Yoga & Poetry

Join us for a 60-minute ALL levels vinyasa yoga class led by Courtney Chandler, followed by a 30-minute poetry workshop, with writing prompts focusing on creative empowerment.

Requested donation is $20, which will go straight toward funding Art from Ashes youth programs!

This blissful vinyasa class/workshop focuses on creating harmony in the body, mind, and spirit, to explore and encourage inner creativity and self-expression. You will pair breath to movement as you flow mindfully for a 60-minute all-levels vinyasa. A 30-minute poetry workshop will be facilitated immediately following the yoga asana, allowing opportunity for a deeper exploration of self-expression to unfold. This class will have you moving, breathing, writing, and creating a personally meaningful artistic expression! Don’t miss it!