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Red Rocks Retunes for 2020 Season

Jun 30 -

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 -

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.

Denver Public Art Seeks Qualified Colorado Artist for High Line Canal Underpass Public Art Project

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May 19 -

The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission a Colorado artist or artist team working with sound and/or light for the High Line Canal Underpass at South Parker Road and East Mississippi Avenue in the Washington Virginia Vale Neighborhood. The budget for this commission is $50,000 and qualifications will be accepted through Monday, June 22, 11:59 p.m.

Five Points Jazz Festival Announces Virtual Festival this May, in Partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Media

Apr 29 -

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce a partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Media (Rocky Mountain PBS, KUVO JAZZ and THE DROP) to present the Five Points Jazz Festival virtually on TV, radio and online in lieu of the annual day-long event in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood.

Arts & Venues’ Cultural Advisory Board Seeks Candidates

Apr 27 -

The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs (DCCA) is seeking candidates for open commission positions to 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. 

Events at City Venues, Large Gatherings Suspended Through June 1

Mar 16 - Venues

All events at City-owned venues, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre (and Visitor Center), Denver Coliseum, Colorado Convention Center, Bellco Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex and the McNichols Civic Center Building, have been suspended through June 1. Additionally, McNichols Civic Center Building will be closed to the public through June 1.

Se han suspendido hasta el 26 de mayo todos los eventos en lugares de propiedad de la municipalidad de Denver, incluyendo el Anfiteatro Red Rocks (y su Centro de Visitantes), el Coliseo de Denver, el Centro de Convenciones de Colorado, el Complejo de Artes Escénicas de Denver y el Edificio del Centro Cívico McNichols. Además, el edificio del Centro Cívico McNichols también permanecerá cerrado al público hasta el 1 de Junio. 

Las entradas para espectáculos cancelados se reembolsarán en el punto de compra. 

Denver Public Art Seeks Qualified Artists for National Western Center Commission

Mar 5 - Denver Public Art

The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create a signature work of art for the future improved Riverfront Open Space along the South Platte River at the National Western Center (NWC) campus in Denver.

This project presents an opportunity to enhance the experience for visitors to the Riverfront Open Space. The selection panel seeks a sculptural or architecturally-integrated artwork that demonstrates an authentic connection between people and the South Platte River and tells the story of the area - historically, agriculturally, socially and ecologically.

Denver County Cultural Council seeking applicants

Mar 5 -

The Denver County Cultural Council 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.

Denver Public Art Seeks Qualified Artist for Three New Commissions

Jan 31 -

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce an open call for three new Denver Public Art commissions. Projects total nearly $900,000 in funding.

Denver Arts & Venues now accepting applications for Five Points Jazz Festival Vendors

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Jan 13 - Events & Programs

Applications are now being accepted for food trucks, food tents, nonprofit booths, corporate booths, artisans, sponsorships and premium vendor spaces for the 2020 Five Points Jazz Festival May 16.

McNichols Civic Center Building Spring Exhibitions Explore the Faces of Mexico City, Colorado Printmakers, Contemporary Feminism and the New Landscape of Five Points

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Jan 13 - Venues

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce four new art exhibitions at McNichols Civic Center Building.

  • Ecosistema 06050 (First Floor Community Gallery) Jan. 7-31: photography of Mexico City
  • Spirit Resonance: The Vitality of Printmaking (Boettcher Cultural Pavilion) Jan. 18-April 5: highlighting six female printmakers
  • Dearly Disillusioned (Third Floor) Jan. 18-April 5: a boundary-pushing exhibit coinciding with the centennial of women's suffrage and the fourth annual Womxn's March
  • Portrait of a City (First Floor Community Gallery) Feb. 1-29: artwork exploring the new landscape of Five Points

Denver Arts & Venues announces 2019-2020 “P.S. You Are Here” grantees - Eleven projects selected; $79,000 provided in funding

Dec 23 - Create Denver

Denver Arts & Venues is excited to reveal eleven 2019-2020 “P.S. You Are Here” (PSYAH) funded projects designed to revitalize neighborhoods through collaborative and community-led outdoor experiences.

Mayor Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues announce Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture


Dec 9 - Events & Programs

In the spirit of IMAGINE 2020 -- Denver’s cultural plan -- Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture.

Denver Arts & Venues Celebrates the Completion of Eight New Urban Arts Fund Projects

Dec 2 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the completion of six new Urban Arts Fund Murals in Denver’s Arts District on Santa Fe and two on Cherry Creek Trail.