Beanstalk Foundation

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AfA Phoenix Rising

$2 500.00
Start date: 
Monday, May 6, 2013
End date: 
5 years 4 days ago
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Partner message: 

The City and County of Denver has pledged $5,500 of funding to support Art from Ashes.

Partner message: 

Denver Inner City Parish is a proud supporter of Art from Ashes, contributing outside this fundraiser with $1,000.

Match funding: 
Match ratio: 
Partner message: 

Beanstalk is proud to support Phoenix Rising with $200 in matching funds.

Help Youth Poets Rise from the Ashes

Give 50+ low-income youth meaning and hope through Art from Ashes creative workshops

The Challenge:


Catherine O’Neill Thorn and Art from Ashes are asking you to help fund this year’s Phoenix Rising workshops. With your help AfA will be able to reach a group of marginalized youth in College View, one of Denver's most impoverished neighborhoods, at a summer day camp run by Denver Inner City Parish. If Art from Ashes reaches their goal, 50 to 60 youth will be empowered through AfA’s renowned creative programs that facilitate health and hope through expression, connection and transformation.


The youth AfA serves are at or below poverty level and typically victims of abuse. One hundred percent of the Afterschool Program, Summer Day Camp and Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program participants qualify for free or reduced lunch. There will be 20 workshops over the course of the summer designed to bring in older youth from the community, and  to provide supervised programs of artistic expression to an underserved population. The workshops provide a positive alternative to gang activity, including graffiti and tagging.



How Much?




June 17, 2013



50 - 60 youth in the College View neighborhood of Denver will have life changing experiences that have potential to resonate throughout their community


Extra Funds Use:

  • First $500 of extra funds will seed a future AfA Challenge
  • Additional funds will be invested in a compilation of youth poems and artwork generated at the workshops and to support a community performance featuring the youth



Item Amount
Lead Facilitators Fee $1,000
Guest Artists Fee $700
Writing Materials/Art Supplies $400
Equipment (replace/fix microphones, amps mic stands) $300
Youth Stipend $100
TOTAL $2500


Challenge Leader

Catherine O’Neill Thorn

In Maya Angelou’s 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the Pulitzer Prize nominated poet elegantly addresses issues of identity, race, oppression and inequality using the titular metaphor of a bird attempting to escape its cage.

Project Info

Art from Ashes

Art from Ashes and Catherine O’Neill Thorn help young people and adults discover their voices through poetry and writing workshops.