Philanthropy

Meow Wolf strives to be a visionary public benefit corporation by supporting social change and well-being through the arts.

At Meow Wolf we believe that we would not be successful without our community of visitors, network of artists and creatives, and the support of the new cities we are growing in. As a company, we value being a good neighbor and providing strong support back to our community.

One of our methods of giving back is our philanthropy. In less than 3 years of operating the House of Eternal Return, we have provided more than $1.5 million in funding to our local communities along with over 10,000 free passes to our exhibitition.

Now, we are honing our process to focus resources on supporting artists and creativity in all of our markets. We are actively supporting the efforts of many arts organizations and non-profits in the communities we serve — Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix and Washington DC —  that provide creative and inclusive opportunities for all.

Philanthropy Mission: Meow Wolf strives to be a visionary public benefit corporation by supporting social change and well-being through the arts.

Philanthropy Priorities

While the mission of Meow Wolf’s Philanthropy is broad, we have adopted several Community Priorities Areas, informed by ongoing community conversations, to focus our resources on areas where we can make positive change in the near future, and support broader systemic change in the larger term.

Priority will be given to funding requests from local, community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, or organizations that have a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status, schools or municipalities located in one of the communities we serve — Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Denver, Washington DC or Phoenix.

These priorities, along with our philanthropy values, will guide decisions in grant making, sponsorship, partnerships and other programmatic activities. Funding to Community Priority Areas also takes into account the following values:

  • Inclusive and Equitable – funding under-served populations including youth, seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, lgbtqi people, and low income communities
  • Grassroots and Community Led – Organizations and projects that have the demonstrated support of their community, and are primarily grassroots and volunteer-led
  • Resilience – organizations that provide one of a kind programs in their community, and organizations that are not relying exclusively on funding from Meow Wolf. This also includes groups that might not have access to more mainstream funding sources.
  • Innovative – programs, organizations and groups that are using new and unique programs to support diversity in the arts
  • Integrity, Respect and Fairness – a bedrock principle of Meow Wolf is to conduct our work with a high degree of transparency, fairness, honesty, dignity and respect. We expect our partners to respect our team and the communities they serve.
  • Accountability – Meow Wolf believes it should communicate clearly with its grantees about its requirements and expectations. Correspondingly, it strives to maintain openness to feedback from the organizations, institutions and communities we support.
  • Community Relevance– Programs supported by Meow Wolf should at their core be targeted and developed recognizing the diverse artistic communities that comprise our communities – Santa Fe, Denver, Las Vegas, Washington DC and Phoenix.

Please remember that Meow Wolf receives thousands of requests for support annually, and we cannot fulfill or respond to every request. Our average donation is $1,000 and it typically takes us 6-12 weeks to review and approve a request. Ready to apply? Submit your application here.

Community Priority Areas

Our Focus – Arts and Creativity for all
The arts have traditionally played a significant role in the culture and history of New Mexico and continue to contribute substantially to our state’s economy and civic life. It is core to Meow Wolf’s ethos that we use our philanthropy to inspire others to create, particularly young people and underserved populations who might lack access to creative outlets. As we grow into new communities and grow in our home state, Meow Wolf is dedicated to support creativity for all.

  • Art Access: We value creativity in all forms and strive to support organizations who work to increase access to culturally relevant art for youth and adults. Meow Wolf also supports efforts to recognize, build, and maintain inclusive and diverse audiences for arts and culture. Our focus is on programs and organizations that seek to leverage arts, creative expression and aesthetic experiences for the purpose of inspiring diverse audiences and driving higher levels of community and civic engagement.
  • Art & STEAM Education: With among the poorest performing schools in the nation located in New Mexico, Meow Wolf knows firsthand how important it is that all students have access to quality art and science education in our public schools. This includes supporting programs that provide inclusive and culturally relevant creativity in a classroom setting, and supporting organizations that advocate for policy reforms. Our education priority also includes supporting field trip opportunities for students of all ages, and supporting training programs for artists of all ages to hone their crafts.

These priorities will guide decisions in funding, passes donations, in-kind support and other programmatic activities.

Please remember that Meow Wolf receives thousands of requests for support annually, and we cannot fulfill or respond to every request. Our average donation is $1,000 and it typically takes us 6-12 weeks to review and approve a request. Ready to apply? Submit your application here.

What DON’T we typically Fund?

  • Organizations based outside our Communities
    • At this time, we focus our resources on local organizations and programs that are based in the communities we serve – Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Denver, Washington, DC and Phoenix. The only current exception is our annual DIY Fund.
  • One time or private events
    • To help us focus on long-term change and impact, we prefer to support established recurring community events that are free for all ages. This includes galas, festivals and events that charge for entry.
  • Individuals
    • While supporting artists is core to who we are, for accountability reasons we find it difficult to support individuals directly with donations. However, we are actively seeking out collaborators in all of our local markets for projects – check out our Artist Engagement page for more information and submit your work.
  • Projects
    • Due to the nature and timelines of projects, we typically do not fund individual projects or completely new ideas.
  • Businesses
    • We do not contribute directly to for profit businesses (our only current exception is our annual DIY Fund). We do however collaborate with like minded businesses to support artists and creativity in our local communities.
  • Emergency Requests
    • Our review process takes 6-12 weeks with several rounds of review from staff, this makes it challenging to support quick turn around requests.
  • Religious Events or Activities
    • Supporting faith based organizations or events is outside of our current philanthropy strategy.

Please remember that Meow Wolf receives thousands of requests for support annually, and we cannot fulfill or respond to every request. Our average donation is $1,000 and it typically takes us 6-12 weeks to review and approve a request. Ready to apply? Submit your application here.