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Independent Music Venues and Denver Artists Receive $1 Million in CARES Act Funding

Dec 3 -

Independent performing arts and music venues, along with more than 200 artists in Denver, have been awarded a combined $1 million in grants in another round of funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Arts & Venues Opens Applications for $1M in Coronavirus Relief Funds to Assist Independent Artists and Venues in Denver

Oct 2 - About A&V

The City and County of Denver plans to infuse another $25.6M in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) into the local economy, and as part of that initiative Denver Arts & Venues will open two new grants on Monday, Oct. 5, to provide financial assistance to Denver’s cultural sector.

Denver is Now Home to Three New Pieces of Public Art

Oct 1 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the completion of three new pieces in the Denver Public Art collection – “Leaf” at the Denver Botanic Gardens, “Bows” in Cranmer Park and “Community Nature Dance” in Westwood Park.

Denver Public Art Opens Calls for Two New Projects: Congress Park Pool and Playground, Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Campus

Sep 28 - Denver Public Art

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce an open call for two new Public Art commissions. The first, a $600,000 commission for art at the Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Central Branch campus, is open internationally. The second, an $80,000 commission for art at the Congress Park pool and playground, is open to Colorado artists.

Arts & Venues Launches Three New Virtual Experiences, Extends Dates for McNichols Building Summer Exhibitions

Sep 8 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce three new virtual experiences, “Listen,” “Women of Color on the Frontlines” and “Kintsugi: The Art of Healing, Finding Beauty in Repair,” and the extension of McNichols Civic Center Building summer exhibitions, “Queer City of the Plains” and “Lavender Mist.”

An Open Letter to the Denver Community Regarding Denver Arts & Venues

Sep 3 - Events & Programs

The effects of Covid-19 continue to devastate many industries including arts, cultural facilities, sports and entertainment.  As the operator of the City’s premier entertainment venues, Denver Arts & Venues has been deeply affected by the loss of shows, performances and conventions at our facilities.

Arts & Venues Opens Applications for $75k in Grants to Support Denver Music Initiatives and Inspire Social Change

Aug 28 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the third year of the Denver Music Advancement Fund, with a combined $75,000 in grants being made available. The grants are intended to provide funding for Denver-based, music-centered projects driving economic vibrancy, building a more resilient, equitable and connected city, while creating positive social change.

Denver’s annual World Art Drop Day celebration will take an online twist as the public is encouraged to hunt for, and buy, pieces by local artists

Aug 19 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues calls for local artists and businesses to delight and surprise Denver residents, and create positive connections through art by committing to participate in World Art Drop Day Tuesday, Sept. 1. Additionally, participants can be featured on Denver Arts & Venues Art Shop Marketplace, created to help support sales and commerce.

Denver Arts & Venues Releases Reports on Denver’s Creative Economy and Colorado Music Industry: Reports Show Initial Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis

Aug 10 - Create Denver

Denver Arts & Venues, in partnership with Colorado State University, today announced the release of two reports related to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Denver’s creative industry: 2020 City of Denver Creative Economy Report with Initial Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis, and, along with Colorado Creative Industries, Initial Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Music Industry in Colorado and the Denver Metropolitan Region.

Denver Arts & Venues Brings a New Fitness Series and 10 Local Partners to Sculpture Park

Jul 28 - Venues

Denver Arts & Venues, together with 10 local fitness studios and cultural arts organizations, presents a diverse lineup of classes includes dance, cardio, boot camp, high-intensity interval training, meditation and sound healing, barre, yoga and more.

Denver Arts & Venues Presents How to Be an Anti-Racist Organization - Part of the IMAGINE 2020 Speaker Series

Rainbow Multicultural Children Mural on Cherry Creek 300

Jul 27 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues, in conjunction with Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Equity Project LLC, is pleased to present IMAGINE 2020 Speaker Series: How to be an Anti-Racist Organization, a virtual panel discussion taking place Monday, Aug. 3, 1-2:30 p.m.

Denver Arts & Venues Announces 2020 Youth One Book, One Denver Selection: A past favorite returns with a film adaptation coming soon

Jul 13 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the 2020 Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD) selection, bringing back a favorite from years past. “Upside-Down Magic” published by Scholastic, Inc, from hit authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, chronicles the misadventures of nine-year-old Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right side up. The book also reinforces that not only is it okay to be different, but that we can also celebrate those differences.

Red Rocks Retunes for 2020 Season

Jun 30 - Venues

A hallmark of Colorado summers for many includes a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which will once again play host to the eighth season of Yoga on the Rocks, a new Quarantine 15 Challenge fitness series and the return of SnowShape. The amphitheatre has also launched a brand-new website and mobile app for a world-class digital experience featuring original content with prominent artists.

Denver Public Art Seeks Qualified Colorado Artists for Multiple Public Art Projects at Carpio-Sanguinette Park / Heron Pond

Jun 30 - Denver Public Art

The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission one or more Colorado artists or artist teams to create original works of art for the Carpio-Sanguinette Park / Heron Pond. The total public art budget for the park is $250,000 USD, and the art selection panel would like to commission several works of art with individual budgets of between $50,000 and $125,000. Qualifications will be accepted through Monday, July 27, 11:59 p.m.

Denver Arts & Venues, Mayor Issue Statements About Racism, Equity, Violence and Social Change

Jun 5 -

In times like these, we look to artists, creatives and cultural workers to help us grieve and express the range of emotion that comes with addressing injustice. We count on artists to process our communities’ heartbreak, heal our collective wounds, voice the inequities we witness, and create a hopeful vision for a better world. We look to our artists to create spaces where healing can happen.