Press Room

For all media or press inquiries, please contact:

Kim McCarty or phone at 303.893.0791

Background information

Our mission: Through the creative process, PlatteForum gives hope and direction to underserved youth who collaborate with master artists from around the world. This experience transforms the lives of the youth, the artists and the community.

PlatteForum was founded in 2002 by Judy Anderson and Mark Smith to address diminishing access to the arts in public schools—especially for kids with the least access to opportunity—and provide a place for artists to have the time, space, and support to create new work. PlatteForum is a safe and inspiring environment in which artists create new bodies of work and where kids can explore events in their lives, take risks, create and present art, receive critical feedback, learn from professional artists, learn to work as part of a team, and develop academic and life skills that will stay with them forever. PlatteForum’s programs benefit artists, underserved youth, and community through four primary programs: ArtLab, College Access Mentoring Program (CAMP), Learning Labs, and Artist Residency.

We are open to the public Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Bios for Staff and Board

Awards and Honors

2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities)

2006 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

Links to select published articles
PlatteForum unGala: An evening of ‘Fresh-Funky-Fancy Fun by Joanne Davidson, Denver Post (March 20, 2013)

Memetic & Pho with teens from PlatteForum’s ArtLab by Leanne Grobel, (February 2013)

Best of Westword: Best National Arts Honor – 2012 by Westword (2012)

Teens Find Outlet for Self-Expression by Scott Lachenmaier, the Metropolitan (March 4, 2010)

Table Lessons: Eating as Performance Art at PlatteForum, 7/27, 6:30pm by Ruth Tobias, (July 22, 2010)

Press releases are listed in chronological order in our archive.

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