CU Denver faculty receives grant to fund DIY music studio

The Denver College of Arts & Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado is proud to announce that faculty member Owen Kortz has been awarded a $30,000.00 Arts in Society grant. The grant will help facilitate collaboration between CAM and the Urban Peak Youth Homeless Shelter.

“I am grateful and thrilled to receive this grant,” Kortz said. “It was amazing to get to know so many young people through Urban Peak’s music studio, and I continue to be amazed by their talent and passion.”

Since 2012, CU Denver songwriting teacher Owen Kortz has worked closely with the Urban Peak Youth Homeless Shelter to create a DIY music studio for homeless youth. Thanks to the Arts in Society grant, the music studio will enter phase three, which will allow the center to continue to provide creative programming for homeless youth in Denver by expanding the professional music studio at the Drop-In Center in ‘Urban Peak. This expansion includes the creation of a paid internship for music students at CU Denver to provide music programming at the center.

“I’ve also been touched by CAM students in the past who have volunteered their studio time,” Kortz explained. “It will be great to be able to support them through the internships offered by the grant and to see what incredible collaborations arise from these incredible musicians from both communities working together.”

Owen Kortz is a founding member of the LYNX National Arts and Media Camps at CU Denver.

He’s performed in gigs with multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, legendary guitarist Pat Metheny, and YouTube phenom Kina Grannis, and recorded with the Bissonette brothers (Ringo Starr, Joe Satriani) .

About Arts in Society

The Arts in Society grant program supports the integration of arts and culture into several disciplines essential to the health and well-being of Coloradans. The program funds collaborations across Colorado that bring artists together with professionals from a wide variety of non-arts sectors to positively impact social justice and community well-being through community initiatives. Arts in Society, administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center, is funded by the following partners: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation (2017-present), Hemera Foundation (2017-present), Colorado Creative Industries (2017-present), Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) (2020), The Colorado Health Foundation (2020) and Denver Arts & Venues (2021)