Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund

Supporting youth performing arts

The Denver Foundation is pleased to invite qualified nonprofits to apply for funding from the Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund. The mission of the fund is to support performing arts programs for elementary and middle school youth who have fewer opportunities to learn and appreciate the arts.

Grant ranges are expected to be in the $5,000 to $15,000 range.


  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Your work must connect with the mission of supporting programs for children from underserved or historically disadvantaged communities.
  • Your organization must be located in or do work in the seven-county Metro Denver region.
  • A strong application will effectively promote and further the teaching and appreciation of the performing arts such as ballet, tap, jazz, opera, symphonic music, musicals, and theater productions.

Grant awards given in previous years are no guarantee of future grant awards.

About the donor

Gwen Bowen started out as a promising dancer and later shared her love of dance with thousands of others in the Denver area through her Gwen Bowen School of Dance Arts. Gwen “Miss B” Bowen spent more than five decades teaching thousands of people in Denver to dance. When she wasn’t at her studio, Miss B still occupied her hours with dance. She was on the director’s board of the University of Denver’s Friends of Carson-Brierly Dance Library and taught dance as an extracurricular activity at Lincoln Elementary School.