Meow Wolf Foundation Announces Inaugural Grantees, Focusing on the Healing Power of Art

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The Meow Wolf Foundation is excited to announce the 2023-2024 inaugural grantees from its community grant program. The grant program, with a total funding of $600,000, supports 63 organizations that reflect a wide range of arts and culture programs in New Mexico, Colorado (Denver Metro Area), Nevada (Clark County), and Texas (Grapevine/DFW and Houston) that share the Foundation's commitment to enriching communities through the healing power of art and creativity.

“As a company founded by artists, that employs artists, and celebrates the inner creative in everyone, Meow Wolf understands firsthand how creativity, imagination, and play can truly transform lives,” said Jose Tolosa, Meow Wolf CEO and board chair of the Meow Wolf Foundation. “Meow Wolf launched the Meow Wolf Foundation to deepen our commitment to communities and help amplify the critical work of those using art and creativity to change lives and build thriving creative communities.”

“Art and creativity has too often been seen as a nice-to-have, instead of a must-have. We want to change this conversation,” said Julie Heinrich, Chief Impact Officer and head of the Meow Wolf Foundation. “Art and culture organizations typically receive the least amount of philanthropic giving nationally and we think there’s a tremendous opportunity to use art and creativity to heal and transform lives. We want to strengthen the art and culture ecosystems in our communities, especially among community-based organizations that are serving those who typically don’t have access, using art and creativity in innovative ways.”

The Meow Wolf Foundation was established on the belief that art is essential. It aims to support local communities through direct grants, employee matching gifts, and partnerships with local, regional, and national nonprofits that build vibrant communities in exhibit sites. 

The Meow Wolf Foundation works alongside the company as a mission-driven entity, using art and imagination to build community, encourage equitable access to creativity, and impact change.

The Meow Wolf Foundation's community grant program is guided by three core principles:

1. ACCESSIBLE - Art for All: This category aims to facilitate a sense of belonging, opportunity, and agency through art and creativity. It includes art and culture programming for diverse audiences of all ages, boosting the next generation of creative professionals, and supporting historically under-resourced communities.

2. RESTORATIVE - Art to Heal, Nourish, and Bridge Divides: This category focuses on the healing power of art and creativity, including mental and behavioral health programs and the preservation of traditional artistic and cultural practices, particularly within indigenous and first nations communities.

3. TRANSFORMATIVE - Art to Build Community, Spark Action, and Imagine New Approaches: This category supports research and innovative projects that leverage art and creativity to re-imagine solutions, as well as advocacy and impact art that drives civic engagement and social change.

Congratulations to our 2023-2024 Grantees: 

516 Arts - Fulcrum Fund

Access Gallery

ArtWalk Santa Fe

Axle Projects

Cara Mia Theatre

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation

City of the World

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Colectiva

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Creative Santa Fe 

Dallas Art Therapy

Denver Art Society 

Denver's Art District on Santa Fe

Discovery Children's Museum

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts 

Earthseed Black Arts Alliance

Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (5th Ward Cultural Arts District)

Film Prize Foundation

Forest Forward

House of Shine

Indigenous Ways

IndigenousAF (IAF Inc.)

Keres Learning Center

Keshet Dance Company

La Semilla Food Center

Las Vegas Indian Center

Latino Cultural Arts Center

Left of Center Art Gallery

Make Santa Fe

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art 

Moving Arts Española

Museo de Las Américas

Native Realities

Nevada School for the Arts

New Mexico School for the Arts – Art Institute

Obodo Collective

Opportunity Village

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Parallel Studios, Inc.

Paseo Project

Poeh Cultural Center

Project Row Houses

RedLine Contemporary Art Center

Resource Center

Reunity Resources

Sacred Voices

Santa Fe Portalfest

Solidarity Fridge

Spark! Dallas

Su Teatro

Sun Valley Kitchen + Community Center

Sun Valley Youth Center

Teatro Paraguas

Tewa Women United

The Center

The Neon Museum

Think 360 Arts for Learning

Tierra Nueva Counseling Center 

University of New Mexico Foundation (UNM Children's Psychiatric Center)

Vital Spaces

Working Classroom

Zuni Youth Enrichment Project