Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs 

The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs acts as an advisory board to Denver Arts & Venues' cultural programs department. The Commission is comprised of dynamic and accomplished Denver leaders in the areas of the arts, business and education, all of whom are appointed by the Mayor. The Commissioners are strong advocates for arts and culture, and are committed to the mission and goals of Cultural Programs and Denver Arts & Venues. Meetings of the Commission are open to the public. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. Call 720-865-4306 for details.

The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs was established in 1991 to support the Mayor and serve as four major roles for Denver Arts & Venues: 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.

Co-Chair: FloraJane DiRienzo, Biennials of the Americas 
Co-Chair: Mike McClung, Michael Warren Contemporary 
Alexis Moore, Urban Planner
Beth Mosenthal, Architect
Bobby LeFebre, Poet, Performer, Cultural Worker
Cortney Stell, Black Cube 
Damon McLeese, Access Gallery
David Conger, David Conger Studio
Heather Nielsen, Denver Art Museum
Jami Duffy, All in Denver/Youth on Record
Kate Greeley, MGT Consulting/Education
Kevin Smith, Denver Film Society
Leesly León, North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
Lisa Kennedy, Arts Journalism
Maren Stewart, Taloma Partners
Paola Correa-Nava, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver 
Ryan Foo, The Black Actors Guild 
Sarah Kurz, Rose Community Foundation 
Stephanie Tavares-Rance, Marth's Vineyard AA Film Festival/Color of Conversation Film Festival 
Stephen Brackett, Flobots Band
Tess Vigil, Denver Public Schools
Van Schoales, A+ Colorado
Viniyanka Prasad, The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary

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August 3, 2021
4 - 6:00 p.m.

Raices Brewing Company, 2060 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204

Chair, FloraJane DiRienzo, Biennial of the Americas

FloraJane DiRienzo is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Biennial of the Americas. She is passionate about the power of art and culture to bring people and community together. She currently co-chairs the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, is Vice President of the Board of the Directors for Levitt Pavilion and serves on the Denver7 Colorado Advisory Committee.

Mike McClung

Co-Chair, Mike McClung, Michael Warren Contemporary (Co-Chair)

Mike co-owns Michael Warren Contemporary and has produced over 100 exhibits. As an artist and a writer, he is active the city’s art community. Mike currently serves as president of the Denver Art Dealers Association.

Alexis Moore, Urban Planner

Alexis Moore, AICP, is an urban planner who is passionate about the intersection of arts and planning. Alexis is active in planning and implementation efforts for the 40 West Arts District and ArtLine project in Lakewood, CO and serves on the Board of Director’s for 40 West Arts.

Beth Mosenthal, Architect

Beth Mosenthal, AIA, LEED AP is an Associate with Anderson Mason Dale Architects. Working with institutional, civic, and cultural organizations, Beth is passionate about creating designs (and dialogue) that bridge context, community, and sustainability. Both in her work and life, Beth advocates for equity and accessibility in the public realm, facilitating dialogue between architects and the citizens they serve.

Bobby LeFebre, Poet, Performer, Cultural Worker

Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker fusing a non-traditional multi-hyphenated professional identity to imagine new realities, empower communities, advance arts and culture, and serve as an agent of provocation, transformation, equity and social change.

Courtney Stell, Black Cube

Cortney Lane Stell is the Executive Director + Chief Curator of Black Cube. Previously, she was the Gallery Director at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and has held an independent curatorial practice focused on contemporary art’s conceptual and material nature. She holds a Master of Arts from the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she is also a PhD candidate.

Damon McLeese, Access Gallery/Arts, Disability and Nonprofit

Working at the intersection of art, ability and creativity Damon is a speaker, trainer, activist, consultant, coach, mentor and community artist.

David Conger, Owner of David Conger Studio

David is an artist and owns David Conger Studio here in Denver. He paints, designs environmental art projects and public art. You might have seen his massive 150 foot tall Free Climber mural near I-25 and Colorado Boulevard.

Kate Greeley, MGT Consulting, Educational

Kate Greeley is an educational consultant focused on building school leadership. She has 20 plus years of experience leading schools in marginalized communities. Her focus on art and equity are a passion that bring her to the Commission of Cultural Affairs.

Lisa Kennedy, Arts Journalism, Film & Theatre

Longtime journalist Lisa Kennedy writes on popular culture, race and gender among other topics. The former Denver Post film and theater critic returned to Denver from New York City by way of Phoenix in 2003. Before returning, she held high-level editor posts at Out, Us and the Village Voice. A member of the National Society of Film Critics and the African American Film Critics Association, she has been a juror for the American Film Institute’s Top Movies, Film Independent’s Spirit Awards and the Gotham Awards. She has also been a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. She has taught adult enrichment courses in criticism at the University of Denver and teaches writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Paola Correa Nava, Cultural Arts Specialist, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver

I'm Paola Correa-Nava a Mexican dreamer and cultural art specialist. I aspire to be an art ambassador who embraces all art and makes it more accessible to everyone. Its my first year as a commissioner and I'm very thankful to be apart of DCCA.

Tess Vigil, Denver Public Schools

Tess Vigil works for Denver Public Schools supporting Culturally Responsive Education and Equity across the district. Also an avid seamstress, Tess designs and makes women's and kid's clothes and teaches sewing lessons to budding sewists. Tess is committed to the arts and cultures of our community, and is proud to call Denver home.

Viniyanka Prasad, The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary

Viniyanka Prasad is the Executive Director and Founder of The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization fighting for equity and inclusion in the literary arts. To learn more visit