Art Students League of Denver (Denver, CO)


  • Name:Linda Bukszar
  • Title:Grants Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Art Students League of Denver
  • Address:200 Grant Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-778-6990

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  • Mission:
  • The Art Students league of Denver is an inclusive and inspiring art school and art community where members of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential.

  • Overview:
  • Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) is the region’s leading independent visual art school and center in the Rocky Mountain region. Our faculty and students include some of the region’s best-acclaimed artists and educators. Enrollment has increased 500% since its founding in 1987, and student feedback indicates that demand for our services is considerably higher.

    ASLD teaches classical art in traditional disciplines (drawing, painting, sculpture) and basic fundamentals in fine arts media. Services range from basic instruction for beginners, advanced professional development for art educators, lifelong learning for community members, and a robust youth education programs. Collaborations with other leaders in the field presents community outreach to underserved neighborhoods including Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Outdoor Art, and others. ASLD regularly presents art education programs in in public schools serving low-income communities and students with special needs or mental/developmental disabilities.

    As a catalyst for artistic experiences for students, members, youth, families, adults, and public audiences, ASLD's educational programs annually serve over 9,000 participants of all ages by offering fine art programs in painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, fine art prints, fiber arts, and book arts. More than 30,000 annual visits to ASLD and community locations continue to result in attendees experiencing some 250 classes, 16 exhibitions displayed at two gallery spaces, six visiting artists programs, 81 KidArt summer camps, 125 afterschool and weekend youth art programs, two-day Summer Art Market showcasing 275 artists, and numerous lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and other education and community events. ASLD is an integral part of the community highlighted by an increase in youth attendance by 30% from 2,072 in 2011 to 2,693 in 2012 due to increase in-school programs in Denver Public Schools and other counties.

    Select program synopisis includes:

    Satellite School: Initiated with the Jefferson County Public Schools, ASLD offers training in visual arts integration for classroom teachers, art specialists and administrators. Art educators earn teacher Re-Licensure through the Colorado Department of Education. The concept-based approach to visual arts applications points directly to the state and nation-wide shift to concept-based and critical thinking in all classrooms and all levels. In 2012-13, we have reached 126 teachers who impact approximately 500-1,000 students per week, which equates to approximately 2,600-13,000 students annually.
    • In-school Youth Art Instruction at Public Schools: ASLD provides free after-school program with CMS Community School to backfill a program cut from their budget. This weekly program for six months reaches 500 students where 96% qualify for free and reduced lunch, 92% Latino, and 74% English language learners. Another program at two other public schools provides art education for 50 special need students with mental or physical disabilities.
    • Art Instruction Workshops: There is high demand for our programs in underserved neighborhoods. For example, we started inter-generational classes at six branches of Denver Public Library. The branches that ASLD partners with are located in high-immigrant neighborhoods with high levels of low-income families. This project provides services and opportunities to intergenerational participants who may not have access to the arts.
    • Demo & Dialogue series: free or low-cost two-hour sessions with talented ASLD faculty offering demonstrations and leading lively dialogues about their techniques and inspiration. This series is held throughout the community at museums, libraries, community centers, urban gardens, and other art organizations.

    Artists come to ASLD to work on their art and community members attend programs to learn more about the visual arts and participate in the exploration of new ideas.

  • History:
  • Through the efforts of community members and parents, the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) was established in 1987 as an art school and arts community focused on the fine arts. Modeled after the New York Art Students League, the Denver League opened as a non-accredited fine art school with a philosophy of teaching based on a “master/apprentice” Ateliers method in a variety of media.

    Major changes began in 1992, when ASLD purchased two historic school buildings and a one acre lot in the West Washington Park neighborhood from the Denver Public School District. With ownership of the property, ASLD began to invest in facilities, equipment, staff and buildings on its journey to become the valuable resource that it is today. The Sherman School, built between 1889-1892, houses a two-level public gallery, several ceramic studios, five classrooms, printmaking facility, large meeting room, two artists' studios, and administrative offices. In 2013, ASLD opened a second gallery space outside of our main facility to offer arts programming and exhibitions in the Arts District on Santa Fe, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

    Today ASLD has evolved into a vital and unique resource for our region, offering an expansive range of art classes in a wide variety of genre and media that include conceptual, abstract, modernism, and classical approaches. ASLD engages 800 adults and children a month by over 100 professional artists and art educators. We offer opportunities to exhibit and sell art - and most importantly - is a supportive community in which artists thrive and cultivate an appreciation for art with like-minded people.

  • Year established:1987
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:19
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:9


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:84-1042289

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:841042289
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ARTS
  • Organization Address:200 N GRANT ST
  • Organization City:DENVER
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80203-4020
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1992
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):030
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):School, college, trade school, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$1,890,567
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,680,299
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,649,669
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:52:34 pm

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