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Arts & Venues’ Cultural Advisory Board Seeks Candidates


May 8 -

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.

Denver Arts & Venues seeks qualifications for two new Denver Public Art commissions


Feb 22 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce calls for qualifications for two new Denver Public Art commissions.

Denver Arts & Venues now accepting applications for Five Points Jazz Festival Vendors


Feb 5 -

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce that applications are now open for Five Points Jazz Festival vendors. Applications are being accepted for food trucks, food tents, nonprofit booths, corporate booths, artisans, sponsorships and premium vendor spaces.

McNichols Civic Center Building spring exhibitions showcase Colorado photographers, Denver Fashion Week

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Jan 29 - Venues

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

Beethoven's Nightmare, deaf rock band, performs at Studio Loft


Dec 28 - Venues

Following the successful programming of the Breaking Barriers Festival during Deaf Heritage Month in September, Denver Arts & Venues, The Denver Office of Sign Language Services and ImaginASL are pleased to present Beethoven’s Nightmare at Studio Loft in Ellie Caulkins Opera House Friday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.

This is YOUR collection - #DenverPublicArt30


Nov 28 -

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Denver Public Art. In celebration, The Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program asked our friends on social media to explore the public art collection by sharing photos and videos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #DenverPublicArt30. We asked people to explore several different themes.

Mayor Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues announce Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture

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Nov 15 -

In the spirit of IMAGINE 2020 -- Denver’s cultural plan -- Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture.

City Celebrates Denver Arts Week with IMAGINE 2020 District Challenge Events

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Nov 1 -

In the spirit of IMAGINE 2020 -- Denver’s Cultural Plan, Mayor Michael B. Hancock has challenged City Council members to infuse arts and culture into their council districts during Denver Arts Week (Nov. 2-10).