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

Dec 7 - Events & Programs

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture. Winners include: James Knapp, Sacred Voices, Danielle SeeWalker, The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary and Gamelan Tunas Mekar.

Arts & Venues Now Accepting Applications for Performances and Producer for the 2023 Five Points Jazz Festival

Sep 30 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues is excited to announce the 20th Five Points Jazz Festival on June 3, 2023, and is now accepting applications for 2023 performers and proposals for a festival producer. 

Denver Arts & Venues Calls for Local Artists, Businesses and Community Members to Connect with Others Through Denver Art Drop Day

Aug 10 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues calls for local artists, businesses and community members to delight and surprise Denver residents, and create positive connections through art by committing to participate in World Art Drop Day Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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 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.

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.

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.