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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 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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

COVID-19 Causes Pause to Five Points Jazz Festival

Feb 11 - Events & Programs

A combination of health concerns and economic uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will result in delaying the in-person presentation of the 2021 Five Points Jazz Festival.

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.