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Denver Arts & Venues announces 2019 Denver Music Advancement Fund grantees, $100,000 to support music programs


Jul 10 - Create Denver

The Denver Music Advancement Fund was created as a means to acknowledge the vital role music plays as an agent for economic vibrancy, education, community innovations and positive social change, and will provide $100,000 to individuals and organizations that spur growth in the local music ecosystem as well as grow new audiences, particularly youth audiences. The grants are funded through a public/private partnership between Denver Arts & Venues and Illegal Pete’s. Grantees are awarded up to $7,500 to support Denver’s music ecosystem. Out of an applicant pool of almost 100, 24 grantees were selected.

Denver Arts & Venues accepting nominations and applications for significant contributors to Denver’s cultural scene, proposals for $130,000 in IMAGINE 2020 Fund grants


Jun 26 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues presents two opportunities for support and recognition for programs that further arts and culture in Denver. Arts & Venues is now accepting applications for IMAGINE 2020 Fund grants through July 31 and nominations and applications for Denver Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture through August 9.

Arts & Venues Announces 2019 Urban Arts Fund Grantees

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Jun 24 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Urban Arts Fund (UAF) Grants as well as the third year of Urban Arts Fund: Engage.

UAF projects continue to grow in 2019 with more murals and more funding than in previous years, with at least 26 murals planned and more than $100,000 in funding. 

Denver Public Art calls for qualified artists for a new project at National Western Center

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Jun 20 - Denver Public Art

The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or artist team to work with the National Western Center (NWC) Campus Plaza design team to explore public art opportunities in the NWC Main Campus Plaza. The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the National Western Center design team and Denver Public Art Program staff and help finalize designs for the plaza and create public artwork(s) for the site.

Denver Public Art calls for qualified Colorado artists for a new Hentzell Park project


Jun 10 -

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce a Hentzell Park Denver Public Art commission.

The Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an original work of art for Cherry Creek Trail at Havana Street, near the Joe Shoemaker School (3333 S. Havana St.). This Public Art project offers an exciting opportunity to engage students at Joe Shoemaker in the creative process.

Denver Arts & Venues Announces Summer 2019 Next Stage NOW Programs and Events at Denver Performing Arts Complex

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May 30 -

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce 2019 Next Stage NOW summer programming at Denver Performing Arts Complex, including the return of Sunset Cinema, Sterling Vineyards Galleria Bar, Buell Balcony Concert Series, a new immersive show that takes patrons throughout the Arts Complex and a new exhibition at the Next Stage Gallery.

Denver Public Art Summer Tours Return

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May 3 - Denver Public Art

Denver Public Art tours return for summer 2019 with more tours offered than ever before – all of which are free.

Navigated on foot or by bike, Denver Public Art tours allow attendees to fully immerse themselves in the city’s Public Art collection as they learn more about how the city commissions new pieces, the history of the program and the stories behind the artworks. Tours are led by Public Art Docents and Public Art Administrators and happen throughout Denver’s many neighborhoods.

Arts & Venues’ Cultural Advisory Board Seeks Candidates


May 2 -

The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs (DCCA) is seeking candidates for open commission positions to oversee the 1% for public art program, serve as trustees of Denver’s cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, advise on arts and cultural issues and act as ambassadors to the community.

McNichols Civic Center Building 2019 summer exhibitions

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May 2 - Venues

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce summer art exhibitions at McNichols Civic Center Building.

Leang Seckon: Prophecy (first floor, through May 31)
Electric Chaco (first floor, July 17-28)
Translating the Building (first floor, Aug. 2-25)
Making Faces (Boettcher Cultural Pavilion, second floor, through Aug. 25)
Of Places and Spaces (third floor, through Aug. 25)

Five Points Jazz Festival announces band line-up, parade grand marshals, festival honorees, New this year: Five Points Jazz Festival app, zero waste event


Apr 26 -

Denver Arts & Venues’ annual Five Points Jazz Festival returns 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 to 1 a.m. Sunday, May 19, celebrating the music, culture and roots of Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood.

New in 2019, Denver Arts & Venues has built a Five Points Jazz Festival App available for download now for iOS and Android devices. The app will allow festival-goers to create custom schedules and performance reminders, learn more about the vendors, and view maps, performer bios, food and drink menus, and more. The app will replace the multi-fold printed maps and schedules used in previous years, eliminating paper waste and supporting Denver Arts & Venues’ sustainability goals.


Red Rocks Steps Up with Yoga, Barre and SnowShape Fitness Programs:

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Apr 15 -

A seventh season of yoga, a third season of barre and a new event for winter sports lovers are stepping up for fitness enthusiasts at Red Rocks. The amphitheatre will host organized morning workouts throughout the summer and fall, with tickets going on sale April 27.

Mayor Hancock announces 2019 YOBOD selection; Graphic novel appeals to the reluctant reader, celebrates neighborhood diversity

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Apr 11 -

Mayor Michael B. Hancock has unveiled the 2019 Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD) program selection at College View Elementary School.

“The Cardboard Kingdom” by Chad Sell, a graphic novel published by Random House Graphic, tells the stories of sixteen neighborhood kids over the course of a summer as they transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes and set out on adventures encountering knights, robots and superheroes in their cardboard kingdom.

Arts & Venues now seeking applicants for $100,000 in grants to support Denver music initiatives

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Apr 8 -

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the second year of the Denver Music Advancement Fund. A combined $100,000 in grants is being made available as part of a long-term plan to build and maintain Denver’s music scene. The grants are intended to provide funding for new projects spurring growth in the local music business as well as growing new audiences, particularly youth.

The Denver Music Advancement Fund is accepting grant proposals now through May 17. 

Denver Public Art calls for qualified Colorado artists for new projects at Denver Public Library - Hadley Branch, High Line Canal, Emergency Homeless Shelter

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Mar 21 - Denver Public Art

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce calls for qualifications for three new Denver Public Art commissions.

Denver Arts & Venues announces contest

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Mar 1 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce a contest to celebrate the interactive components of

Points will be tallied on the webapp from March 1-31, and three winners will be selected.