Our community needs your help today to sustain our services and support our neighbors at The Temple.

You can help sustain and strengthen the critical services we provide to our community, to weather the crisis resulting from COVID-19. Donations gifted in April 2020 will go to our ArtLab Interns, PlatteForum artists and our fellow creatives inside The Temple, where PlatteForum is located in downtown Denver.

We must do everything we can to continue providing critical services to our community but we can’t do it without the support of YOU, our PlatteForum family.


Please read and share our new emergency resource page for artists and youth – it includes important local and national information on relief, funding, community and more.

Help us fulfill these critical needs:

  • $3,000 can support one month of stipends to our high school ArtLab Interns to help meet their households’ basic needs 
  • $1,500 can support a monthly payment to our mental health and social work provider
  • $1,000 can support one month of premium payments so we can continue to cover employee health insurance
  • $500 can support one month of professional tutoring services  
  • $200 can support an interim stipend for an artist whose residency has been postponed
  • $100 can support a 3D printed mask for a local youth at Urban Peak

We have many ways for you to support our community:

Donate online at Colorado Gives and share the facebook link

Refund What Matters – consider donating your Colorado State tax refund

Mail us a check! Send to PlatteForum 2400 Curtis Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO, 80205

For other options, including donating stock: contact Executive Director Kim Estes McCarty at kmccarty@platteforum.org for details



Support Critical Services for Our Youth

Using the arts as a bridge, PlatteForum connects local youth to resources to ensure they graduate on time, prepare for post-secondary success and engage in their communities to create positive change.

But did you know, the resources we provide to youth are so much more than academic and creative? Achieving our 12-year, 97% high school graduation rate for PlatteForum’s ArtLab Interns is only attainable by addressing ALL of their needs.

Here’s why this funding matters:

  • ArtLab interns are paid an hourly stipend for participation in our programs, an essential component as most interns often contribute to their household expenses
  • Donations help us continue offering services such as:
    • Group social and emotional support sessions and individual private counseling with our licensed therapists
    • Professional tutoring services assist our ArtLab interns who require additional academic support to ensure their academic success
    • Guidance from a licensed social worker to help with navigating the complex social service systems that some ArtLab interns require to secure basic needs and support
    • Grocery boxes delivered on a weekly basis to all interns during the crisis

Support for Artists, Staff and Service Contractors

PlatteForum provides resources and financial support to more than 30 professional artists and service contractors annually. Since many of these professionals work as independent contractors, the suspension of our programs has eliminated a significant source of their income. This campaign will also provide grocery boxes for our artists and fellow creatives who are based at The Temple.

We rely on our artists, staff and contractors, whose creative, academic, mental health and social work skills and services have grown PlatteForum into an extraordinary community resource over the last 18 years.

Why the Need is Urgent

With many funders reducing or eliminating their support due to concerns over unstable financial markets impacted by Covid-19, we are struggling to support our youth, artists, staff and service providers, and neighbors during the temporary closure of PlatteForum and The Temple. 

We desperately need your help today so we can ensure we can continue supporting our PlatteForum community as our households face job loss, emotional stress and increased financial instability. 

Donations of any size help us continue providing services to our community. We are all in this together and your generous gift strengthens OUR community.

We are grateful to you for being a part of our PlatteForum family.

We are continuing to share resources for artists, youth, and community on our social media and in this newsletter, so please stay connected with us.

Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity during this time of uncertainty and change.  

With gratitude and hope,

PlatteForum’s Executive Committee 
Beth Moyski, Chairperson
Michael Gadlin, Vice Chairperson
Keith Ambuhl, Treasurer 
Daniel Flora, Secretary






PlatteForum is currently closed until further notice for the safety and well-being of our staff, interns, and community.

In an effort to help curb the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, PlatteForum staff are working remotely and will continue to be available via email and phone.

At this time, PlatteForum’s ArtLab program and gallery hours are uspended, as well as our other programs and events.

We recommend social distancing practices in order to protect the most vulnerable people in our community from contracting COVID-19 and reducing the spread of the virus further.

Local resources and relief funds are being posted to our social media channels and e-newsletter, as they become available.




Apply to be a Resident Artist


It’s not too late to apply for the Artist Residency program at PlatteForum. In light of the current global health crisis, we want to extend the deadline so that more artists have time to apply. 

Artists of ALL disciplines and genres are welcome to apply. Whether you are an established professional artist, an emerging creative/maker, or a graduate student, we invite you to apply for consideration to participate in this unique, urban residency. Artistic excellence, merit, and creative ways of interacting with youth and the public in issues of social change and justice are important criteria in the selection process.

Visit our Artist Residency page for more information!


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PlatteForum Interns and Resident Artist Paloma Ayala with guest artist Kerrie JoyMonument, installation by Paloma Ayala
Support critical services for PlatteForum and The Temple community.
Prototype Peace, Mackenzie Browning & ArtLab Interns, 2018
Installation by PlatteForum Resident Artist Paloma Ayala + ArtLab Interns - closed until further notice.