Community and Industry Partners
40West Arts District
RMCAD’s campus is located in the heart of the 40 West Art District, one of Colorado’s 11 state-certified creative districts. A 501(c)3 nonprofit, the 40 West Arts District encompasses an entire community geared towards the progression of artistic and creative energy with performing arts venues; 20+ public art installations; a dozen galleries; and a variety of restaurants, cafes, and pubs. RMCAD partners with 40 West through the Artist in Residence program, financial support, board participation, and event contribution.
The Action Center
The Action Center works to provide basic human needs and pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. In partnering with The Action Center, RMCAD has provided volunteers for the day-to-day operations as well as engaged in the creation of murals for them. The Action Center opened a brand new facility as of April 21, 2015 and RMCAD students helped to beautify it and continue to enhance the presence of The Action Center in our community.
Art of War Project
RMCAD is a sponsor of The Art of War Project, a Denver-based organization whose mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the health and well-being of American Veterans dealing with PTSD. The project was created by former Army sniper, Curt Bean, who himself dealt with PTSD. He realized that art was a great outlet for channeling his anxiety and anger; he now aims to spread the word to other veterans dealing with similar issues. RMCAD provides art supplies to the organization.
Athena Project Festival
RMCAD is pleased to be a sponsor of the Athena Project Arts Festival—a Denver event that spans 17 days and features two galleries, five stages, 40 performances, 200+ artists, and more than 1,000 audience members. The festival is put on by Athena Project, a Denver non-profit whose mission is to empower women and strengthen the local community through developing and showcasing women and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process. RMCAD’s sponsorship makes possible the festival’s fashion show, which features local designers.
Denver Chalk Art Festival
RMCAD is a returning sponsor of the Denver Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square, a free event in which artists fill Larimer Square with chalk paintings. RMCAD is proud to present the Chalk Art Festival’s Youth Challenge. This component of the event features a dozen talented groups of youth and students from Colorado schools and organizations. All compete for cash prizes for their schools’ visual arts departments. RMCAD also sends a team of students and faculty to represent the school’s talent.
RMCAD is a supporting sponsor of the Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC), a three-day family-friendly, pop culture fan convention. RMCAD’s sponsorship extends through several different initiatives, including financial support; booth presence at the event; support of Pop Culture Classroom—a nonprofit education initiative; and the Reel Heroes Filmmaker Series. Additionally, RMCAD has partnered with Breckenridge Brewery to hold a design contest for the label of the brewery’s special Denver Comic Con beer.
Denver Film Society
RMCAD is a long-time sponsor of the Denver Film Society (DFS). Involvement includes support of Film on the Rocks, DFS’s summer film series at Red Rocks; the annual Denver Starz Film Festival; and the Young Filmmakers Workshops. Since 1978, the DFS has worked to promote cinema as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects, and renowned special events. It is the only nonprofit organization in Colorado dedicated to engaging both its members and the general public in a lifelong, life-altering relationship with film and understanding film culture.
Through fashion markets, fashion shows, and business development, Fashion Denver works to grow fashion in the Denver community. RMCAD supports this stellar organization through financial contribution and staffing support from its fashion department.
RMCAD has partnered with Goodwill Industries of Metro Denver to support their mission to provide education, career development, and employment opportunities for Coloradans in need. Goodwill helps people achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the power of work. RMCAD sponsored the 2015 Goodwill En Vogue fashion show fundraiser and continues to support Goodwill through scholarship, mentorship, and classroom participation.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to provide durable and simple housing to hardworking people in need. Throughout the year, RMCAD students have been volunteering time to help with operations at the ReStores affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, and worked to create a 3D mural that was placed in the brand new Aurora ReStore. The mural was created using materials from the ReStore and reflected Habitat’s mission of Homes, Community, and Hope.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
RMCAD has teamed up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help raise funds towards “turning type one diabetes (T1D) into type none.” The school is assisting with the Dream Gala – License to Cure in a variety of ways, and will continue to support JDRF’s mission to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and cure T1D.
PawsCo is a Denver-centered non-profit that seeks to save dogs and cats from underserved shelters by placing them in foster homes until they can be adopted. RMCAD students have been volunteered for multiple events with PawsCo, including pet transfers, supply drives, and Paint a Puppy, where students took time to paint, draw and sketch some of the adoptable animals. The artworks were donated back to PawsCo for use as gifts or auction items at future events.
In an initiative to help beautify the resort’s village and expand brand awareness, RMCAD’s Graphic Design Department has partnered with Copper Mountain Resort. Through the Department’s Environmental Design Course, on-campus Graphic Design students are collaborating to produce design concepts to adorn the village’s utility boxes and bike/ski racks—placing emphasis on Copper Mountain’s all-season recreational access in addition to visual aesthetic.
RMCAD has partnered with Dazbog Coffee to offer scholarship opportunities for Dazbog employees and place interns with the company. Dazbog Coffee is the realization of the American dream by two immigrant brothers of the former Soviet Union—Anatoly and Leonid Yuffa. A gourmet coffee roaster, Dazbog slow-roasts coffee daily in small, customized batches. The Denver-based company operates coffee shops in Colorado and Wyoming, and sells fine coffees and teas at retailers throughout the region.
RMCAD has partnered with Hammond’s Candies, a world-famous company based in Denver since its inception in 1920. Hammond’s is known for its handcrafted candy canes, beautifully spun ribbon candy, oversized lollipops, and must-see candy factory. RMCAD is delighted to place graphic design interns with Hammond’s and offer scholarship opportunities to company employees.