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Denver Arts & Venues Responds to COVID-19

Denver Arts & Venues recognizes that our cultural sector is being deeply impacted by the uncertainty of COVID-19. Like all of us, we are concerned for the health and well-being of our families and friends, those we work with, those we fund, and those we serve. Our attention, as always, is on our artistic and creative community and the residents we engage through cultural efforts, as we continue to work hard to understand the human and financial impacts this will have on our agency and Denver’s iconic venues and cultural facilities. 

We are taking steps to respond to the challenges before us. We are continuing to work on ways to support artists, cultural workers and organizations during this difficult time.

We will stay connected as we come together to lead with intention, empathy and kindness. Please check here and denvergov.org regularly for support and resources. 


  • In addition to previous funding, Denver Arts & Venues directed $850,000 of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal funding to assist small, non- or for-profit creative businesses, venues or organizations currently operating in the City and County of Denver.
  • In addition to previous funding, Denver Arts & Venues directed $150,000 of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal funding to assist independent artists residing in the City of Denver and who have been adversely impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • As recovery from the pandemic continues, Denver Arts & Venues will use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to make it easier for nonprofits to produce events at City and County of Denver owned venues. Funds will be applied directly against costs typically billed back to the producers/promoters such as security, personnel services (ushers) and/or janitorial services. The funds utilize $1M from the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. Between $100,000 and $150,000 will be reserved for use by organizations with 2020 revenues of less than $1 million.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has provided Denver Arts & Venues $500,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding towards recovery for small and mid-size non-profit arts organizations. Selected applicants will be eligible to receive a one-time award of up to $15,000.