Philip J Steele Arts Education Foundation

We help art teachers and their students by providing supplies that they could otherwise not afford. Our Art-In-A-Box program benefited over 4800 K-12 students at 19 schools with your generous contributions this year! Our goal is to increase the number of students we impact through your support.

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Philip J Steele Arts Education Foundation Inc​​​​​​​
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PO Box 101913
Denver, CO 80250
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Denver, CO 80250
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Mission Statement

The Philip J Steele Foundation encourages, mentors, and supports students in the Colorado visual arts community through art education programs. We believe that art education is essential to everyone because it develops self expression, innovation, and critical thinking.

Organization History

Our foundation was developed in honor of Philip J. Steele, who was an artist and teacher. He specialized in teaching human anatomy and figure drawing. The schools he taught at early in his career included the School of Visual Arts- New York, the Omaha Art School,and Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver.

In 1963, Steele founded the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD). For over 25 years, he inspired his students with his charisma, passion, and keen sense of humor. He dreamed that all art students would have the opportunity for higher education. We offer scholarships to college students who major in art. Our mission has since expanded and now primarily supports Colorado elementary and high school visual art students.

Art In a Box is our way of making sure art supplies are readily available in classrooms throughout the state of Colorado. We construct tailor-made art boxes and distribute them to classrooms in need for K-12 students.

This program was created to help art teachers in need of art supplies, especially if their classroom is experiencing budget cuts. This gift allows them to continue to nurture creativity in the classroom.


I would like to thank you so much for the amazing art supplies you donated to our school. In the past week, students have been enthusiastically creating and experimenting with the materials and I know they will be especially excited when I introduce the air-dry clay. I've included a few pictures of students testing out their new artistic options and will send more as projects get finished. Thank you for supporting our school and helping grow our art program, Ms. Stashia Taylor, Strive Preparatory School

The kids have really enjoyed their art supplies as I have. We all send the warmest hugs and most sincere THANK YOU the world has to offer. You have really helped me brighten these kids' lives and I will be eternally grateful to you and the Philip Steele Foundation.
Mr Anthony Lopez, Kindergarten Art, Alamosa Elementary School

Allow me to mention just one example of how this award is helpful to our school. The 'Art Boxes' contained both liquid watercolors and the pans-in-a-tray type of watercolor sets. While the liquid paints provide not only vivid color but also a greater opportunity for skill-building, the self-contained trays make watercolor painting much more accessible for students with limited coordination and dexterity. This is a perfect fit, as one of my current goals for our fledgling Art program was to integrate as many students with physical disabilities into our classes as possible! Mr Ken Thompson, Ben Franklin Elementary School of Innovation

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