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Denver Arts & Venues Requests Qualifications for Three New Denver Public Art Projects 

Jun 14 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is now accepting qualifications for three new Denver Public Art projects: Bible Park Playground ($20,000), Larimer Bridge – Connecting Auraria ($55,000) and Wastewater Management Building ($55,000). 

It’s Sundown at Red Rocks: AC Golden brings Sundown Cerveza to Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Colorado as a Limited Release

Jun 10 - Venues

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, along with AC Golden Brewing Company, announced the launch of the official craft beer of Red Rocks – Sundown Cerveza. Born out of a partnership that’s about as Colorado as it gets, Sundown Cerveza, brewed under AC Golden’s Colorado Native portfolio of beers, not only tastes great but appeals to the variety of beer drinkers who seek out shows at Red Rocks.  

McNichols Civic Center Building Presents Summer Exhibitions, Events and Exhibits Celebrate Pride

Jun 2 - Venues

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to present four new summer exhibitions at McNichols Civic Center Building, with several exhibition-related events, including the second event in the Cultural Fashion Runway Series, celebrating Pride month with non-binary and drag fashion and special guest performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race all-stars, Mayhem Miller and Yara Sofia.

Denver Arts & Venues Accepting Applications for Five Points Jazz Activation Grants

May 31 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues, the agency that has been bringing you the Five Points Jazz Festival for nearly two decades, is now accepting applications for Five Points Jazz Activation Grants to help fund programs and events which honor and support the history and culture of jazz in the historic Five Points neighborhood.

In addition to the continuation of the Five Points Jazz activation program, Arts & Venues is bringing the Five Points Jazz Festival back this year on June 4. In addition to dozens of bands performing along Welton Street, as part of the annual festival, Arts & Venues also honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the culture and livelihood of Five Points.

Denver Arts & Venues Announces Denver Public Art Summer Tours

May 19 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is excited to announce our Denver Public Art summer tours, bringing back favorites and expanding the series to include several new tours. 

Denver Arts & Venues Accepting Applications for EDI Mini Grant Program

May 4 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues is now accepting applications for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Mini Grant Program. The goal of these grants is to support individuals, organizations, or community-driven projects that elevate the communities represented by each of the Human Rights and Community Partnerships (HRCP) Commissions, and that exemplify the tenets of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. Grants may be funded up to $3,000.00

Denver Arts & Venues Announces the 2022 Five Points Jazz Festival Performers, Invites people to volunteer for the festival

Apr 29 - Events & Programs

In honor of International Jazz Day, April 30, Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the performers for the annual Five Points Jazz Festival returning in-person, Saturday, June 4, noon to 11 p.m., to celebrate the music, culture and roots of Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood.

Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs is seeking candidates!

Apr 25 - About A&V

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce they are now accepting applicants for the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs. Interested applicants should complete application by close of business on Friday, June 4, 2022 

Denver Arts & Venues announces contest

Apr 21 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the re-launch of the contests, encouraging exploration of the interactive website. Contestants can earn points on the website in several ways including creating a profile, saving favorite artworks, checking in at an artwork, sharing artworks and more. Points will be tallied on the website May 1 through May 31, and one winner and two runners-up will be selected. The website user with the most points at the end of the month will win two eight-inch replicas of “I See What You Mean” (colloquially known as the Big Blue Bear at Colorado Convention Center), a copy of “Beyond Blue: Denver’s Public Art Collection” (a 171-page print guide to the Denver Public Art collection), a private tour for two at Demiurge Design (a Denver-based sculptural and architectural design and fabrication firm), and a meet and greet with the Demiurge team. Two runners-up will each receive a replica of “I See What You Mean.”

Summer Fitness Returns: Yoga on the Rocks, SnowShape on sale

Apr 19 - Venues

Red Rocks Amphitheatre will host its 10th annual Yoga on the Rocks series, as well as its SnowShape Winter Fitness series this summer, with all sessions going on sale Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Yoga on the Rocks will run Saturday mornings with dates in June through August. New this year is the addition of two bilingual sessions, one led by partner Buffalo + Sparrow Yoga Collective and another by TruFusion. SnowShape is back for a four-week winter fitness series in September and October that prepares participants for the winter ski and board season.

Denver Arts & Venues Announces $500,000 in Recovery Funding  for Non-Profit Arts Organizations

Apr 18 - Events & Programs

The purpose of the 2022 Denver Arts & Venues Recovery Fund is to provide up to $15,000 grants to non-profit arts and cultural organizations located in the City and County of Denver whose 2021 annual revenue was $1,000,000 or less and who suffered losses as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis and have reopened or plan to reopen. Denver Arts & Venues also aims to provide funding for organizations that remain financially vulnerable to COVID-19 impacts, organizations owned or led by members of historically marginalized communities, and organizations supporting historically marginalized communities.

New Urban Arts Fund Mural - Four Harmonious Friends - at Denver Public Library Hampden Branch

Apr 7 - Denver Public Art

On April 9, 2022 Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues, Denver Public Library, Councilwoman Kendra Black, and artist Tsogo Mijid presented "Four Harmonious Friends," a new Urban Arts Fund mural at Denver Public Library, Hampden Branch and acknowledged the students involved in the mural’s creation.

Denver Arts & Venues Announces $1M in Venue Reactivation Funding

Mar 21 - Events & Programs

As recovery from the pandemic continues, Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) will use American Rescue Plan Act 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. 

Denver Arts & Venues Announces 2021 Denver Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture Honorees

Mar 17 - Events & Programs

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture. 

Presented since 1986, the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture recognize programs, individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the arts in the City and County of Denver.

Denver Arts & Venues Now Accepting Applications for Five Points Jazz Festival Vendors

Mar 7 - Events & Programs

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, 100,000 people will gather along Welton Street for the anticipated return of the Five Points Jazz Festival. Those attending will experience a safe, sustainable, family fun event. At the forefront will be jazz music and the many hard-working and talented local jazz musicians featured on 10 outdoor and indoor stages. Applications are being accepted for food trucks, food tents, nonprofit booths, corporate booths and artisans.