Colorado Gives Day starts in
Donate

Art Students League of Denver

The Art Students League of Denver offers high-quality arts education to artists of all ages and levels. We strive to provide accessible programming throughout the Denver metro area and beyond, so that everyone in our community has access to creative expression through art.

More Information

Fundraising Pages

Want to do more for your favorite charity? We’ve made it easy for you to raise money by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a fundraiser Current fundraisers for this charity (0)

Summer Art Market

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General population

Description

Summer Art Market is a fine arts market which takes place the second weekend in June each year. In addition to being ASLD's largest annual fundraiser, SAM also brings together hundreds of artists, art enthusiasts, and community members for two days of art-focused fun. The market takes place right outside ASLD's historic building and features more than 230 vendors, numerous artist demos and KidArt activities, live music, food, and more. It's one of our favorite events of the year!

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Each year we are able to include more members of our community in Summer Art Market; this year we had 237 art vendors, 5 musicians, 8 artist demonstrations, and ongoing kid's activities both days. We estimate that this event helped us reach more than 20,000 visitors, and were able to raise $78,000 for our general operating expenses.

Visiting Artist Series

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population

Description

Each year, the Visiting Artist Series brings several notable artists to ASLD to offer lectures and classes, including community workshops, which supplement existing ongoing classes and workshops. This extraordinary opportunity allows students and artists from the community to work with and learn from some of today's most significant working artists. ASLD is grateful for the visionary support of the Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation and the advisory committee for providing support to this program.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

In October 2019, ASLD welcomed Lim Oksang as part of the Visiting Artist Series. A native of South Korea, Lim uses his artwork (in media ranging from painting to metal to clay to writing) to speak out against injustice and the forces of destruction. In his workshop at ASLD, Lim led students in incorporating soil into paint when creating self-portraits.

Community Engagement

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Families

Description

We have several ongoing Outreach Programs, through which we aim to offer arts education to those who may not have access to classes & workshops taking place at ASLD. A few examples of our outreach programming:

Plaza Program | in partnership with Denver Public Library
In partnership with the Denver Public Library, ASLD is offering intergenerational art workshops at over 11 library branches located in low-income neighborhoods outside of central Denver. All locations serve a high percentage of immigrant families. The programming provides free, weekly art workshops to intergenerational participants who otherwise may not have access to the arts.

Restart Artist in Residence Program | in partnership with The Gathering Place
In partnership with the The Gathering Place, ASLD is offering a series of fundamental arts courses to members of the Art Restart program. These courses allow participants to hone their skills beginning with the basics, and to build a portfolio over time. The participants are women & transgender individuals with a passion for art, who are currently experiencing poverty and/or homelessness and have limited resources for art supplies & education.

Art in Prison
Starting in early 2019, ASLD began working with the Denver Women's Correctional Facility to offer art workshops to inmates currently housed at DWCF. Each session covers a different media (from book arts to painting to printmaking) and spans 4 weeks, with one workshop per week. The short-term goal of the program is to offer participants an outlet for healthy self-expression, and the long-term goal is to reduce recidivism rates among participants.

An Introduction to Art | in partnership with River Deep and Craig Hospital
In late 2018 ASLD began offering workshops to veterans, patients of Craig Hospital, and their families. These workshops have ranged from ceramics to abstract painting, and seek to offer participants a chance to process their lived experiences through art. By including families, these workshops also ensure that healing through creativity is a family process.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Both our partnership with The Gathering Place and the Art in Prison program began in early 2019, and have already grown in number of participants and workshops offered. We have received glowing feedback from participants across all of our outreach programs, and look forward to offering arts opportunities to even more folks.

Fine Art Education Courses and Lectures

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

ASLD offers more than 250 courses and workshops annually attracting approximately 14,000 adults and children from across Metro Denver. Our courses cover a variety of media, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, fiber arts, photography, encaustic, book arts, and jewelry. Our scholarship program extends the reach of our art experiences to low-income and under-served populations; we offer more than 100 adult and youth scholarships each year. Our regionally and nationally recognized faculty artists provide individualized learning in styles that fit their personal philosophies, integrating demonstrations, instruction and critiques.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Recently received a 93% satisfactory or above compiled from surveys completed by students, members, faculty and volunteers. Evidence of our success: (1) enrollment statistics are consistently high and increasing each year; (2) student satisfaction scores on surveys and verbal feedback are unfailingly positive such as, "ASLD is an invaluable treasure to the Denver community." and (3) affirmative relationship between faculty and students that contributes to overall feeling that "The arts really are for everyone, and Denver's League proves it like no place else!" Our participants thrive under the exceptional instruction offered by our professional art faculty and many have gone on to become professional, self-supporting artists affiliated with galleries, art centers, and museums.

Youth & Teen Art Courses

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - Other Specified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

ASLD offers over 150 summer KidArt camps, afterschool programs, Saturday classes, Teen Studios, and special art education events throughout the year for children, grades K-12. Youth classes emphasize the fundamental elements and essential vocabulary of art, encouraging students to explore and communicate as they create. Scholarships are available year-round for young people in need.
We also include two teen youth representatives on our board of directors in order to give voice to the youth population of our community,

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Our 2019 Summer Camp season was our most successful yet, with record enrollment across the board and 1,000 young attendees. In addition, throughout the past year we welcomed almost 1,000 teens to Teen Studio Night. Feedback received about our youth programming suggests that the non-competitive nature of our youth art spaces creates an environment that not only allows young artists to truly experiment and get creative, but also provides a therapeutic outlet of self-expression.

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.