About Imagine 2020


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In Spring 2013, Denver’s community gathered to provide a strategic vision and future platform for arts, culture and creativity in the City that became IMAGINE 2020 - Denver’s Cultural Plan. IMAGINE 2020 is Denver’s first cultural plan since 1989 and reflects the vision, goals and aspirations of everyone who contributed ideas through the planning process and will help guide resources, support and direction for the City’s arts and culture in all their many forms. It makes a call to action to city agencies, cultural institutions, businesses, civic leaders, neighborhood- and community- based organizations and residents to ensure arts and culture are at the heart of this great city. 

The following documents will provide greater detail on how IMAGINE 2020 was developed,  the full plan including the seven vision elements and priority goals and a look at implementation over the next seven years.  

Here's a look at the progress we made in the first year of implementation. With your help we anticipate even greater strides for the future of Denver's Cultural Plan. 


Urban Arts Fund (UAF)
Now in its ninth year, UAF is a graffiti prevention and youth development program which facilitates the creation of new murals in perpetually vandalized areas throughout the City and County of Denver. The program has created over 160 new murals, over 228,000 square feet of walls from vandalism and engaged over 2,750 Denver youth and 550 community participants in the development and installation of these murals.

Call for proposals: February 20 – March 20, 2017
Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on March 20, 2017
Award Notification: April 2017
Visit UAF Page.

Now in its third year, the I2020 fund will help support and generate awareness of programs that take action on one or more of the 7 vision elements of the cultural plan launched in 2014 for Denver. These are: 1) Integration, 2) Amplification, 3) Accessibility, 4) Lifelong Learning, 5) Local Talent, 6) Economic Vitality, and 7) Collective Leadership, as well as the visions’ goals and strategies.

Call for proposals: May 3 – June 16, 2017
Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on June 16, 2017
Award Notification: July 2017
Visit I2020 Fund Page.

Now in its fourth year, PSYAH is a citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization initiative that cultivates collaborative, community-led outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces. PSYAH funds help support creative, short-term physical improvement projects that aim to transform our underutilized urban spaces to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and inspire long-term change.

Call for proposals: August 7 – September 28, 2017
Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on September 28, 2017
Award Notification: November 2017
Visit PSYAH Page. 


Watch Jose Guerrero's "Art Poem" spoken word performance during the launch of IMAGINE 2020

Imagine 2020: Denver's Cultural Plan, Official Video from Denver Arts & Venues on Vimeo.