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Arts in Society Grantees Announced for 2021/2022 Grant Cycle

Jan 14 - Create Denver

Grantees have been announced for the 2021 Arts in Society grant program. After reviewing over 220 applications, this year’s panel has selected 22 Colorado artists and organizations to receive a total of $450,000 in funding in 2021. Denver Arts & Venues contributed $100,000 to this fund.

Arts & Venues Announces 2021-2022 P.S. You Are Here Grantees

Dec 13 - Create Denver

In 2014, Arts & Venues launched P.S. You Are Here (PSYAH), a grant program supporting neighborhood-based community-led projects that activate outdoor public spaces, build civic engagement, honor heritage, beautify neighborhoods, and enrich communities. In response to the pandemic, PSYAH funds were diverted in 2020 to several grant programs supporting artists and organizations impacted financially by COVID-19. In 2021, however, Arts & Venues reinstated the PSYAH grant program and has selected 14 grantees for a total of $120,000 in grants of up to $10,000 each.

Billboard: Red Rocks Amphitheatre Is World’s Most-Attended Venue in 2021, Season still underway with holiday drive-in series

Dec 3 -

Billboard’s Boxscore has named Red Rocks Amphitheatre as the top-grossing, most attended concert venue of any size, anywhere in the world for 2021 – the venue’s 80th anniversary. Red Rocks has broken its own season record by hosting 233 ticketed paid events, including 177 concerts, 20 yoga/fitness programs and 36 movies in the Film on the Rocks series.

Arts & Venues Now Accepting Applications for Performances and Producer for the 2022 Five Points Jazz Festival

Nov 19 -

Denver Arts & Venues, the agency that has been bringing you the Five Points Jazz Festival for nearly two decades, is excited to announce a return of the live festival on June 4, 2022, and is now accepting applications for 2022 performers and proposals for a 2022 festival producer. 

Arts & Venues Celebrates Denver Arts Week with FREE Events, Opening of Buell Lobby Art Exhibition

Oct 28 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues is excited to celebrate Denver Arts Week, Nov. 5-13, with two FREE Denver Public Art tours, two FREE virtual discussions about McNichols Civic Center Building exhibitions, and the opening of the new Buell Theatre lobby art exhibition, “HERE again STILL,” with a FREE reception and musical performance as part of the Art + Music Buell Balcony series.

Arts & Venues Opens Applications for $125K in Grants to Support Denver Music Initiatives and Community-led Outdoor Projects

Oct 14 - Create Denver

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the continuation of the Denver Music Advancement Fund (launched in 2018) and the P.S. You Are Here program (launched in 2014). A total of $125,000 will be made available for 2022 programs and initiatives.

McNichols Civic Center Building Presents Fall Exhibitions

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Oct 11 - Venues

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to present three new Fall exhibitions at McNichols Civic Center Building, continuing to offer FREE art experiences for all.
Illuminati DIA: Tunnel Visions (First Floor) Sept. 24-Oct. 28
Stone, Ritual, Interior: Paintings by Louise Cadillac (Boettcher Cultural Pavilion, Second Floor) Oct. 16-Dec. 19
Lifetime Artists: Michael Warren Contemporary (Third Floor) Oct. 16-Dec. 19

Denver Arts & Venues seeking artists for $700,000 16th Street Mall Public Art Commission

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Sep 21 - Denver Public Art

The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create original public artworks for the renovation of Denver's 16th Street Mall. 

Denver Arts & Venues accepting nominations and applications to honor those who have made significant contributions to Denver’s cultural scene

Cleo Parker-Robinson and Mayor Michael B Hancock Mayor's Awards 300

Sep 14 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues opens applications and nominations for the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture to recognize programs, individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the artistic, cultural and creative landscape in the City and County of Denver.

Denver Arts & Venues Supports Jazz in Five Points Through a New Grant Fund

Sep 8 - Events & Programs

In 2020, Denver Arts & Venues joined forces with Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO-FM to present a virtual Five Points Jazz Festival, a broadcast event that garnered two Colorado Broadcasters Association awards (television and radio) and a Heartland Emmy® nomination. In 2021, due to COVID-19 health guidelines and event restrictions, as well as the difficult financial state of the agency, Arts & Venues was not able to host the Five Points Jazz Festival.

Nevertheless, Arts & Venues continues to support the jazz heritage of the Five Points neighborhood, once known as the Harlem of the west, through a new grant fund. 

Denver Arts & Venues Boosts the Restart and Recovery of Cultural Organizations, Businesses and Independent Artists, Opens Applications for $1M in Coronavirus Relief Grants

Aug 24 -

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, The City and County of Denver, through  Denver Arts & Venues, will distribute up to $1 Million in funding through the Denver CARES Arts & Cultural Restart and Recovery Fund to small, non- or for-profit creative businesses, venues or organizations, and through the Denver CARES Artist Restart and Recovery Fund to individual artists currently operating or residing in the City and County of Denver.  

Denver County Cultural Council seeking applicants

Aug 9 - About A&V

The Denver County Cultural Council (DCCC) is seeking applicants with active community involvement at the neighborhood level and professional, volunteer or advocatory experience in an art, cultural, scientific or historical organization.  Applicants should have a citywide perspective and be willing to commit at least 15 to 20 hours per month to the cultural council during the annual grant application review period, from April through June.

McNichols Civic Center Building Reopens with three new art exhibits in conjunction with Major League Baseball All-Star Week 

Jul 6 - Venues

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the public reopening of the McNichols Civic Center Building with three new summer art exhibitions in conjunction with Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Week.

Denverites are invited to interact with Denver Public Art’s two newest pieces

Jun 23 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the completion of two new pieces in the Denver Public Art collection, one at Denver Performing Arts Complex and the other at Green Valley Ranch Town Center Park.

Arts & Venues’ Cultural Advisory Board Seeks Candidates

May 18 - About A&V

The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs seeks candidates that represent Denver’s diverse community.