Civica Assists Bonfils-Stanton Foundation With Online ‘Arts Hub’ Project

Civica Management announced Tuesday that it assisted the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in efforts last year to develop plans for an online “arts hub” serving residents statewide. Those efforts culminated in a three-year, $900,000 grant, announced Jan. 23, 2013, from the foundation to Colorado Public Radio.

Civica analyzed alternative business strategies around the proposed arts media platform. The company, headed by former Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Business Editor Don Knox, interviewed scores of technologists, arts journalists and arts-community leaders.

As part of its investigation, Civica identified Colorado Public Radio as a potential partner, and subsequent communication between the foundation and CPR led to a formal grant application approved last month by foundation trustees. Civica’s involvement in the project ended in early October 2012, although the company has continued to maintain a research website on the project into this year.

“Having a vibrant and energized arts community is central to our mission at the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation so we’re especially excited to be able to fund this new initiative and see it come to fruition here in Colorado,” said Dorothy Horrell, president of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

Colorado Public Radio President Max Wycisk said: “This grant will transform the organization, providing the first full news bureau for CPR News, while substantially expanding our existing commitment to arts in Colorado through CPR Classical and OpenAir.”