IMAGINE 2020 in the News

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Phone It In

Denver comedy hustle-hound Zac Maas has a new project — and local creatives should take note. Winner of a prestigious Imagine 2020 grant, the inaugural Denver edition of the Phone It In Film Festival presents not only the opportunity to watch local comedians and filmmakers collaborate for your amusement, but also a chance to encourage our fledgling film community as members explore the possibilities of short films shot entirely on smartphones.

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Creative Placemaking Reminds Denver: P.S. You Are Here

Confluence Denver
By: Laura Bond
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

The 2016 iteration of Denver Arts & Venues' P.S. You Are Here program will award $70,000 to projects that create and connect.

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The Ten Most Amazing New Street Art Murals of Summer 2016

Denver Westword
By: Lindsey Bartlett
Friday, July 29, 2016

The Birdseed Dumpster Project was a huge undertaking, a collaboration with the P.S. You Are Here program. Thanks to the hard work of Birdseed Collective's Anthony Garcia Sr., these dumpsters in the Sun Valley neighborhood became a canvas for the visions of thirty local artists. 

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Eyes on the Street: Crosswalk Art Adds More Color to East Colfax

Denver Streets Blog
By: David Sachs
Monday, July 18, 2016

Crossing East Colfax Avenue just got a little more interesting. Denver Public Works made part of the street car-free over the weekend so people could paint the crosswalks at Steele and Adams with birds, guitars, musical notes, and a stylized design of the word “Colfax.The project is a collaboration between the Bluebird Business Improvement District and Department of Arts and Venues, which manages the “P.S. You Are Here” grant program.

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Selfie diplomacy soaring over the U.S.-Mexico divide

Denver Post
Ray Mark Rinaldi
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fear not the threat of any walls going up between the U.S and Mexico. Jorge Marin’s bronze wings offer a way to soar above the things that would divide the two countries...The Commons Park exhibit, which runs through Sept. 30, is a collaborative effort involving several Mexican government agencies and the Mexican Cultural Center. Denver’s Arts & Venues department has pitched in as part of its IMAGINE 2020 program to integrate the arts fully into civic life. 

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Denver Puts Affordable Housing Plan In Motion To Keep Artists In RiNo

CPR
By: Corey H Jones
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's been two years since the city of Denver first brought together members of the creative community to discuss bringing affordable spaces to the River North (RiNo) neighborhood.In that time, a handful of galleries and studios have announced their departures from the RiNo Arts District. Around 200 galleries, studios and other creative spaces now call RiNo home. They've helped revitalize an industrial area north of downtown that was largely abandoned just a decade ago...The initiative is part of Denver's IMAGINE 2020 cultural plan that launched in 2014. Gedgaudas says the Artspace facility will target artists already in or displaced from RiNo and it will also attract creatives who are new to the area. She expects different types of artists to live and work there, from designers to musicians.

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The Artist's Way: Making Denver a Better Place for Creatives

Confluence-Denver
By: Laura Bond
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In growing, changing Denver, what do creative people need to make art -- and make a living? Confluence talked to the city's artists and got a wide range of answers to these critical questions.

At 11 o'clock on a Sunday morning, the Mercury Cafe is filled with the sounds of Denver in decompression mode. The steam of the espresso maker, orders called to the kitchen, clinks of champagne flutes lifted and toasted around tables packed with tired friends. In the corner of the red-hued Rose Room, where murals cover every inch of the brick walls, a young man in a vest and a bow tie plays pop tunes on a beat-up baby grand.


 

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Denver neighborhoods spruce up with P.S. You are Here grants

YourHub, Denver Post
By Joe Vaccarelli
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Artspace identifies need for permanently affordable creative space in rapidly changing neighborhood. A leading developer of live-work space for artists nationwide says there's a critical need for affordable creative space in Denver's River North, as intense interest and development pushes the price of real estate higher and higher.

Up to 90 permanently affordable live-work units — residences with added space for studios — are needed right now in the rapidly changing neighborhood, according to the results of a year-long feasibility study conducted by Artspace and commissioned by Denver Arts & Venues.

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RiNo needs 90 affordable live-work units for artists

The Denver Post
By Emilie Rusch
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Artspace identifies need for permanently affordable creative space in rapidly changing neighborhood. A leading developer of live-work space for artists nationwide says there's a critical need for affordable creative space in Denver's River North, as intense interest and development pushes the price of real estate higher and higher.

Up to 90 permanently affordable live-work units — residences with added space for studios — are needed right now in the rapidly changing neighborhood, according to the results of a year-long feasibility study conducted by Artspace and commissioned by Denver Arts & Venues.
 

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Birdseed Collective Brightens RTD Bus Stops With Art Through the P.S. You Are Here Project

Denver Westword
By Bree Davies
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

With a grant from the city of Denver, Birdseed Collective is beautifying RTD bus benches in its own Globeville/Elyria/Swansea neighborhood. With two benches already finished and four more on the way, the art and community service collective is working with LiveWell Colorado on the P.S. You Are Here Grant to not only bring art to these bus stops, but actual places to rest where there used to be none.

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November #InsideDenver Twitter Chat: Economic Development and the Arts

Blake Communications
by Stephanie Blake
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Blake Communications hosts a twitter chat with members of Denver Film Society, Denver Arts & Venues, Colorado Business Committee on the Arts, Denver Business Journal, Denver Art's District, and asks these important questions about art and culture in Denver:

1) Generally, how do #arts & #culture bring new money into an economy?
2) Specifically, how has Denver grown economically, due to the evolution of our  &  scene? 
3) While our community may be economically affected by the arts, how do you see individuals being affected?  

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An audio interview with the Whittier Alley Project

TEDx Mile High
By Gracie Ramsdell
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

This past Monday, Mayor Michael Hancock announced the recipients of eight P.S. You Are Here grants, a Create Denver initiative through Denver Arts & Venues. P.S. You Are Here is a pilot, citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that will cultivate collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces.

TEDxMileHigh fellow, Gracie Ramsdell, sat down with one of the grantees, Darrell Watson of the Whittier Neighborhood Organization and Brian Choquette of Radian Resources, to talk about their project.

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P.S. You Are Here Grants Awarded Eight Projects, Including Whittier's Alley Loop

Denver Westword
By Kristin Pazulski
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

In rapidly changing neighborhoods, gentrification can lead to a lack of community unity. But small, physical projects can help give a sense of place -- which is why Denver created the P.S. You Are Here grant program. And yesterday, city officials went to Whittier, one of those rapidly changing neighborhoods, to announce the first eight recipients of the grant.

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Now You See It, Now You Don't: Public Art That Disappears

Colorado Public Radio
By: Stephanie Wolf
August 11, 2016

Dumpsters covered in colorful murals, pictorial crosswalks painted across a busy city street and tree trunks transformed into music boxes. These are examples of public art pieces you may have noticed in Denver, each made possible by a citywide pilot program called P.S. You Are Here. Denver Arts & Venues, the city agency in charge of many public venues and cultural activities, grants funds to new projects every year. They must be outdoors, reflect the community and be temporary. This art disappears, typically within three months to a year. P.S. You Are Here is an extension of Denver's cultural plan, "IMAGINE 2020." In 2014, $40,000 was distributed to eight projects. The subsequent year, about $60,000 went to nine projects. Denver Arts & Venues opens its call for new proposals Friday.

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