What if You Had the Power to Change a Life?

What if you had the power to enrich the arts, give voice to the marginalized and take a stand for social justice? The truth is, you do have the power.

Your gift to PlatteForum empowers our youth interns to acquire the life skills and practical knowledge needed to turn creative inspiration into life-long success.

PlatteForum embraces human potential, creative expression and social progress through the common language of art – and the power of your generosity makes possible results like these:

  • Our high school intern program boasts a 99.97% graduation rate, which significantly exceeds Colorado’s overall graduation rate of 77.3% and the Denver Public Schools rate of 64.8%.
  • Platte Forum youth workshops serve over 400 youth from historically marginalized communities per year. We engage close to 4,000 individuals of all ages through our free public programming which includes lectures, workshops, exhibitions and events.
  • Our Artist Residency Program provides contemporary artists with the time, space and support to extend their work and engage the public in social practice art with artists coming from 5 continents, 11 countries and 19 states.
  • Your gift to PlatteForum will embody your love of art, your passion for social justice and your power to uplift lives in our community.



Learn more about lives changed by PlatteForum by clicking on the stories below. We hope you enjoy reading them and trust that they will serve as a real-world reminder of the power that you possess!

Past Resident Artist (2009) and professional artist, Michael Gadlin.

ArtLab intern graduate, Kyra Kaviani, recipient of the Mayor’s Youth Award – in recognition of her triumph over adversity in the pursuit of success.

Current ArtLab intern, Yonis Noor, came to America as a refugee from East Africa, along with his eight siblings and mother.

Megan Vizina, Executive Director at Colfax Community Network, loyal partner and staunch supporter of PlatteForum.



Fulfill an item on our wishlist:

  • Pub-table-height round cocktail tables (homemade or store-bought!) for art openings and events
  • 6″ tables
  • Large black tablecloths
  • Large toolbox (with lots of drawers)
  • Office supplies (stamps, copy paper, pens, printer ink for Brother W2270 and HP 8500, AA batteries)
  • Gift cards (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, King Soopers, Target, various restaurants)
  • Used iPads
  • Newer Mac laptops/desktops with Adobe Creative Suite (CS3 or higher) installed on it
  • Camera tripod
  • Projectors
  • Office supples such as printer cartridges, paper supplies, cleaning supplies, IT equipment
  • Art supplies including colored pencils, pastels, paper, and other new or gently used items

We also always need donations of art supplies for various projects; please contact our Creative Programming Manager Esther Hernandez for more details – ehernandez (at) platteforum (dot) org

Beyond cash donations, there are many ways to support our programs:

  • Make a donation of cash or stocks
  • Fund an ArtLab scholarship
  • Include PlatteForum as part of your planned giving
  • Honor or remember a loved one with a gift in their name to PlatteForum
  • Encourage your employer to match your gift!
  • Become a sponsor or encourage your employer to become a sponsor
  • Participate in workplace giving at your company and designate PlatteForum as your recipient. Many employers have workplace giving programs in which they will match your donation
  • Adopt a bill! Pay our electric, internet, rent, or phone bill for a month or all year. Often overlooked, bills add up. Help ensure more funds benefit programs
  • Designate a donation through Mile High United Way.
  • Donate your vehicle
  • Donate tickets to arts events, museums, and film screenings so we can offer youth in our programs experiences in which they would otherwise not be able to participate in due to cost.
  • Donate your air miles to send staff to national workshops, trainings, and conferences that help us stay on top of the latest trends and best practices for our programs

Monthly Giving at PlatteForum

By setting up automatic monthly donations to PlatteForum starting at $10 per month, you’ll receive the satisfaction and good feeling of supporting our programs automatically every month! Because monthly giving is possible through ColoradoGives.org (and they pay all the processing fees, 100% of your donation goes to PlatteForum’s programs!), that means no postage, no checks, no hassles.

Your monthly gift provides PlatteForum with reliable and regular income to cover our expenses, strengthen and expand our award-winning programs, and plan for the future. At the same time, it helps us eliminate unnecessary appeals and requests, ensuring that more of each donation goes directly to our programs and services.

Why give monthly?

  • It’s easy. The monthly amount you select can be charged to your bank account or credit card automatically.
  • It’s money we can count on. Knowing we can count on your monthly support helps us budget more effectively as an organization.
  • It’s cost-effective. Your money goes further, because monthly giving reduces the need for regular appeals, saving money spent on printing, paper, and stamps.

How much you should give each month?
Here are some important areas of our work that your monthly gift will help make happen:

  • $10 will buy art supplies for one student in a single Learning Lab session.
  • $15 helps us put on a public exhibition featuring the work by artists and youth.
  • $25 makes it possible for one child to participate in a single intensive Learning Lab session with a professional resident artist.
  • $35 helps underwrite the cost of our utilities and keeps the lights on.
  • $50 each month allows an ArtLab student to participate in a single session of ArtLab.
  • $75 contributes to artistic materials for an artist in residence for one month.
  • $90 helps a Learning Lab or ArtLab group to go to a museum, the Wildlife Sanctuary, the Denver Film Center, and other sites that are normally out of reach due to cost and that inspire their creative work and flex their imaginations in the best way.
  • $115 contributes to the costs of getting an ArtLab student completely ready for college through the College Access and Mentoring Program.
  • $150 covers the cost of a child’s participation in a full month of Learning Lab sessions.
  • $200 supports a student’s participation in ArtLab for an entire month.

Ready? Here’s how to give monthly in 10 easy steps:

  1. Click the Donate button above.
  2. Enter the amount you would like to give each month next to where it says, “Donation Amount ($)”
  3. Select “Yes” where it says, “Is this a recurring donation?”
  4. Enter the date you’d like your first monthly donation to occur next to “First installment date,” then select “Monthly” next to “How often do you want this donation to recur?” We recommend selecting “No end date (ongoing donation)” next to “When should the donation end?”
  5. Enter any special instructions or preferences under donation details, then click, “Add to Cart.”
  6. On the next page, click “Checkout.” You will be prompted to log in if you already have a username and password (which is likely if you’ve donated before), or set up a new account so the system can save your data for monthly giving.
  7. After you have set up an account or logged in, you will be prompted to enter payment information. You can select Bank Account or Credit Card. We highly suggest Bank Account for automatic monthly drafts from your account so you don’t have to worry about credit cards expiring. Rest assured, your payment information and other data are protected by the highest-available level of internet security.
  8. Enter your billing information as you would for any online purchase.
  9. Finally, click the checkbox signaling that you agree to the site’s terms and conditions and click, Submit!
  10. That’s it! Your monthly donation will be processed automatically.
  • Volunteer with us
  • Help us secure donations of food and beverages for exhibition openings and other events. Local restaurants and beverage retailers benefit from visibility and exposure at our events. Ask your local wine shop, restaurant, grocery store, or liquor store to donate food and wine to PlatteForum.
  • Serve on a committee or join our board
  • Do a drive for donations or art supplies among your friends, book club, colleagues or other group.
  • Encourage others to donate to PlatteForum. Contact us for simple talking points you can use to spread the word.

Contact our Executive Director, Kim Estes McCarty for more information at kmccarty(at)platteforum(dot)org