Athena Project empowers women* through the arts and creates a world with gender equity where women’s voices are amplified. The ways in which we do that are numerous and vary as our organization has grown. We actively evolve with the times, and we always do so with purpose, passion, and intention. Please read on to see what kinds of programs we offer.
Curating Art for Impact
Our unique Curating Art for Impact creates year-round opportunities for artists to design and/or perform works that are in-line with an organization’s brand and mission. These works of art are specifically curated to help the organization reinforce their mission in a thoughtful and engaging way to their patrons, supporters or employees. Such unique works could be presented at corporate parties, nonprofit fundraisers, or employee appreciation events. Our connections and expertise are found within our community and include visual artists, dancers, comedians, poets, spoken word artists, musicians, fashion designers and even chalk artists!
Read & Rant: A Plays in Progress Series
Read & Rant is Athena Project’s monthly book club exploring plays written primarily by women. We read one or two scripts or ancillary materials during the month and meet every third Monday online via Zoom, to discuss the works of two playwrights. Led by an experienced dramaturg for each script, we explore brand new work in collaboration with playwrights, directors, and actors. We share what makes a good script; how it affects us and how it links to the larger world and converse with invited guests who bring an in-depth knowledge base. Our monthly free offerings to the community aim to raise awareness of the underrepresentation of women’s stories on stage.
Since pre-pandemic, we have been listening to artists, finding ways to connect with them and connect them to each other. In Athena Project’s latest offering of a program geared toward uplifting artists, we present Artful Reflections. Taking place at a gallery either owned or curated by a woman* artist, we invite a woman artist featured in the gallery to listen to the impact of her/their work while audience members (artists and non-artists alike) gather to reflect upon the work itself and individualized meaning. Conversation and connection happen when we are able to let the art in!
Cocktails & Comedy
Our fabulous annual fundraiser, Cocktails & Comedy, features outrageously talented women comedians from around Denver. A gala evening taking place in March guaranteed to tickle your taste buds and give you the giggles!
Our unparalleled Girls Create summer intensives ignite the passions and talents of middle and high school girls (6th-10th grade). This invaluable program includes Girls Stand-Up Comedy, Girls Design Fashion, Girls Write, and new this year, Girls Artfully Minded. Each camp empowers girls to lead and affect change in themselves and others through sharing ideas and creative learning.
Professionals teach, guest artists share their expertise, and mentors from the community guide and encourage participants. Each five-day program culminates in a final performance—family, friends, and the community are invited to celebrate the girls’ work at a Friday presentation.
Get involved with Athena Project! Develop hands-on skills working with an established arts nonprofit. Internship opportunities include Social Media, Videography, Photography, Marketing, Graphic Design, Event Coordination and Administration. For seniors in high school through college (credit available if needed).