Member Spotlight: Bohemian Foundation

For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features work supported by Bohemian Foundation.

Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation, a private family foundation established in 2001, works through four separate program areas--global, community, civic and music--to empower and impact communities.

The foundation’s music-centered activities include supporting Take Note and Little Kids Rock, both special initiatives that aim to bring student-centered, culturally relevant music expression to youth.

Little Kids Rock is the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of free music instruction and instruments to public schools. This year, the nonprofit will bring music education to their one millionth student. With support from Bohemian Foundation, Little Kids Rock and Denver-based nonprofit Take Note Colorado, have served 34,000 students across Colorado, and 7,400 students in Fort Collins’ local Poudre School District.

Bohemian Foundation also is looking forward to the 10th anniversary of its Pianos About Town program. Pianos About Town brings local art and spontaneous music to the streets of Fort Collins. Community members watch as artists transform donated pianos into public art. When these whimsical pianos are complete, they beckon to passersby and invite them to make and listen to music together.

Bohemian Foundation joined Grantmakers in the Arts in 2016.

You can also visit Bohemian Foundation's photo gallery on GIA’s Photo Credits page.

Image: Courtesy of The Music District

Take Note Colorado and Bohemian Foundation sent the music program DeTour to Carbondale to create a new way for students to access music. Partnering with the Carbondale Arts District, DeTour outfitted the District's mobile arts classroom, Rosybelle Maker Bus, with turntables and other music equipment and sent professional musicians to teach students about DJ'ing and hip hop.