Denver’s Public Art program, managed by Denver Arts & Venues (A&V), has launched the 2018 Urban Arts Fund (UAF) graffiti prevention program and applications for funding are due March 19.
The UAF is open to any artist or artist team and A&V encourages emerging artists and those reflective of typically under-represented communities to apply.
“Denver’s UAF mural program has grown rapidly from when it first started 10 years ago. Our first year, we funded nine murals to help deter graffiti in some of Denver’s ‘graffiti hot spots.’ Last year, we funded more than 80 murals,” said Mary Valdez, Denver Public Art Administrator. “The UAF has become an incredible program, drawing attention and talent not only from Denver, but also on a national and international scale.”
Selected applicants will be notified in April and may receive anywhere from $1,000-$8,000. Preference will be given to projects incorporating a strong community and youth engagement component, those in neighborhoods and city council districts with few previous UAF projects, and first-time applicants.
The UAF was initiated in 2009 as a graffiti prevention program providing access to positive, creative experiences for youth and transforming dilapidated areas into well-tended and active community gathering spaces. In 2017, the UAF was expanded to develop programming partnerships that focus on community building and social change, addressing diversity, equity and inclusiveness values. Since its inception, with the help of more than 3,000 youth and 600 community participants, the program has facilitated nearly 250 new murals and has helped protect more than 350,000 square feet from vandalism.
For questions regarding the Urban Arts Fund, please contact Mary Valdez, 720-865-5564, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit PublicArtDenver.com for more information on Denver Public Art and the Urban Arts Fund.
Western History Department will catalog and document items for research and future exhibits
The Denver Public Library seeks activist signs and other memorabilia from the 2018 Women’s March being held in Denver on Saturday, Jan. 20. Archivists from the Western History and Genealogy Department will catalog the items for research and historical purposes and make items available online. This is the second year the library has asked for items from the women’s gathering.
Attendees can drop off items at the Denver Central Library in the Western History and Genealogy Department on the fifth floor between Jan. 20-27. Donating items takes just a few moments and helps preserve historical artifacts for future use.
The library asked for similar donations after the Jan. 21, 2017 March in Civic Center Park, which drew more than 100,000 attendees. More than 1,300 digital photographs, protest posters, videos and ephemera were donated. Archivists sifted and evaluated the items and retained 265 in the collection. Items in the collection include posters, buttons, pink cat-eared “pussyhats” and photographs.
“We were blown away at the interest in donating items last year,” said Acquisitions Librarian Jamie Seemiller, who spearheaded the project. “There was a lot of interest in making the artifacts available for future generations and we want to do the same this year.”
This spring, the library will host the Pink Progression art exhibit, featuring the stories of seven women who participated in the Denver Women’s March in 2017. The exhibit will be held on the 7th Floor of the Central Library in the Vida Ellison Gallery from March 2 - June 29, 2018.
Photos and videos from the 2017 March are available on the library’s Digital Collections website and YouTube channel.
FREE After School and Family Program at the McNichols Building Mondays and Tuesdays February 5 – May 22
Arts & Minds Classes
February 5 – May 22, 2018*; 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
Arts and Minds and Sound Off Colorado are coming together with some amazing programs for students! Coming to the McNichols Civic Center Building in February, each Arts & Minds enrichment session combines 60 minutes of Movement (guided dance, yoga, movement with Sound Off Colorado) and 60 minutes of Creative Arts Project stations (art, drama, sensory play, creative writing). Children will use Creative Arts to process what they experience physically and emotionally through the movement portion of the class. Click here for event times.
Bringing more than five children? Please register online.
*there will be no events February 19 (President's Day), March 26 and 27 (Denver Public Schools Spring Break) and May 7 (McNichols Building closed for a private event)
As an extension of Denver’s Safe Occupancy Program, Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce the Safe Creative Spaces Fund, providing $300,000 in need-based funding for creative space tenant safety and building improvements.
“We are committed to cultivating, sustaining and promoting our diverse artistic and creative industry, including ensuring that our artists have a safe, affordable space where they can live and work,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The Safe Occupancy Program and the Safe Creative Spaces Fund are designed to support our creative professionals with resources to get these live/work spaces up to code, keep them affordable and avoid further displacements.”
Arts & Venues is committed to exploring short- and long-term opportunities for safe creative spaces, and along with Denver Community Planning and Development and the Denver Fire Department, is working to provide resources and assistance through innovative solutions for those working to make these spaces safe and up to code.
“For Denver’s creative community to thrive, it is vital that creative spaces are safe and affordable to live and work in,” said Arts & Venues Deputy Director, Ginger White. “In addition to Denver’s effort to grant conditional occupancy in these spaces while they are being brought up to code, Arts & Venues’ Safe Creative Spaces fund offers financial support for tenants and owners to offset the cost of becoming code-compliant. The fund is another example of our commitment to supporting creative production and artistic growth in Denver.”
Funding will be administered from December 12, 2017 through January 17, 2020 and is available to tenant or owner applicants who own or run a creative space such as a live/work collective, a creative business or a creative assembly space in the City and County of Denver that is enrolled in the Safe Occupancy Program.
The funds will be administered through a partnership with RedLine, a nonprofit contemporary art center. RedLine will also facilitate support between artists and art businesses, and applicants are encouraged to contact RedLine for free, confidential guidance before enrolling in the Safe Occupancy Program or applying for Safe Creative Spaces funding.
“RedLine is very excited to collaborate with Denver Arts & Venues, the City of Denver and the greater arts and culture communities to help address the growing need for safe creative spaces in Denver,” said RedLine Executive Director, Louise Martorano. “Both the Safe Occupancy Program and Safe Creative Space Fund represent two key initiatives that not only provide a path for security and stability for artists in creative spaces, but also the financial resources to make that path accessible.”
Applications will be accepted online at redlineart.org beginning December 12. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a free informational session at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St., Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
For more information, please visit ArtsandVenues.com/creativespaces.
Denver Parks and Recreation Student/Teacher Art Show & Sale | Cook Park Rec Center 10/21 | 9am-3pm
Come stop by a fun showcase of artistic pottery, jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, wearable items and more crafted by the students and instructors of Denver Parks & Recreation. Both youth and adults come together to show and sell their work at this one-day event.
Along with some great door-prize giveaways, refreshments and lots of pottery and great handmade crafts, pick out a special and affordable gift crafted by a local artist (and beat the holiday rush)! This is a FREE family event.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cook Park Recreation Center | 7100 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver, 80224.
Denver Parks and Recreation Haunted House
Please join us for an event the entire family will enjoy! Thrill seekers looking for a scare will love a frightful tour through the Haunted Hotel. Not into being scared? Visit the Halloweentown Carnival and take a walk through our fun-filled Hotel Transylvania.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1945846472406042/
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:00PM-8:00PM
Friday, October 27, 2017 4:00PM-8:00PM
Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:00PM-8:00PM
WHERE: St. Charles Recreation Center, 3777 N Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80205
PRICE: Tickets are $5.00 and sold day of event
The McNichols Civic Center Building is pleased to announce two new exhibitions opening Friday, Sept. 15.
Second Floor Exhibit (Boettcher Cultural Pavilion): ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers
Through December 23
Marking the tenth anniversary of the Extreme Ice Survey, this exhibition features nationally-known Boulder artist James Balog’s stunning color photography. The Extreme Ice Survey, based in Boulder, Colorado, uses time-lapse photography, conventional photography and video to document the effects of global warming on glacial ice. For more than 30 years, Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. He and his Extreme Ice Survey team share images that give a provocative insight into how changing climate affects the global landscape.
Third Floor Exhibit: Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa – Art and Film
Through December 23
From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) helped forge and evocative and enduring image of Mexico. Among the most important cinematographers of the Gold Age of Mexican Cinema, Figueroa worked with leading directors from Mexico, the United States and Europe, traversing a wide range of genres while maintaining his distinctive and vivid visual style. This exhibition features film clips and photographs from the Televisa Foundation collection.
“ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers” and “Under the Mexican Sky” will be complemented by additional programming and events.
Biennial of the Americas VIP Reception
Members of the press are invited to attend Biennial of Americas VIP Reception Thursday, Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m. during which Sport of the Extreme Ice Survey Team, Alfonso Morales Carrillo (Televisa Foundation), “Under the Mexican Sky” curator, and Mauricio Maillé (Televisa Foundation), “Under the Mexican Sky” Exhibit Coordinator will be available for interviews.
McNichols Project: The Future Project
Denver Arts & Venues, in partnership with Two Parts, brings the third installment of the 2017 McNichols Project series October 20, celebrating the future through the two McNichols Civic Center Building exhibits, drinks, bites, live music and entertainment. The public is invited to immerse themselves in a vision of what the future could hold in both a real and fictional sense. Tickets are $30 and on sale at McNicholsProject.com.
Building A Climate Smart Denver
On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., award-winning photographer James Balog and Jim White, Professor of Geological Sciences at The University of Colorado, discuss the effects of global climate change, the impact on life in Colorado, and how local communities can become more resilient and climate-smart in developing green solutions. Tickets for the lecture are $10. Preceding the lecture at 6 p.m. will be an intimate reception with James Balog and Jim White in the McNichols Community Gallery. A combination lecture/reception ticket is available for $100.
Visitors may also view the exhibitions Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at no cost.
Denver Arts & Venues calls for local artists to delight and surprise Denver residents, and create positive connections through art by committing to participate in World Art Drop Day Tuesday, Sept. 5.
World Art Drop Day occurs annually on the first Tuesday of September and was conceived by Utah’s Jake Parker with the goal of connecting people to one another, and generating random bonds between strangers through the act of creating and giving.
“Especially now, a project like this can generate so much positive energy, drawing people together through art,” says Kent Rice, Denver Arts & Venues director.
Participation is simple: first, artists commit to participate by filling out the online form and creating a small, inexpensive piece or two to share on Art Drop Day. Then, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, they hide their art around town. Next, they drop hints and clues on social media so people can find the hidden works, and finally the artists watch and wait for someone to discover their creations. The public can participate in the fun and search for art by following #artdropday and #artdropdenver on social media.
“It doesn’t just have to be visual art and you don’t have to be a professional artist,” says Denver Arts & Venues organizer Brooke Dilling. “Musicians can drop CDs, textile artists can drop knit scarves, soap-makers can drop a bar, paper-makers can drop a journa. If you’ve got a talent of some sort, even if you just consider yourself an amateur doodler, you can participate.”
In addition to hiding mini replicas of Lawrence Argent’s “I See What You Mean” (colloquially known as the Big Blue Bear at Colorado Convention Center) and dropping clues on Facebook.com/DenverArtsVenues and twitter.com/DenverArts, Denver Arts & Venues has partnered with VSA Colorado/Access Gallery to hide artworks from the Art-O-Mat program. Art-O-Mat artworks are original, pocket-sized pieces created by participants of VSA Colorado/Access Gallery’s summer Artworks program, a program supporting young people with disabilities transitioning out of high school by providing economic opportunities through the arts.
There is no deadline for artists who wish to participate in Art Drop Denver. More information can be found on ArtsandVenues.com.
Nominations for the 2017 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture are now being accepted through Friday, Sept. 1.
In the spirit of IMAGINE 2020 – Denver’s Cultural Plan, Mayor Michael B. Hancock will recognize individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the artistic, cultural and creative landscape in the City and County of Denver. The awards will be announced in November.
Visit the Denver Arts & Venues website to submit nominations (self-nominations are accepted) in the following categories:
Panel Selected Awards
Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) and the Denver Fire Department (DFD) will launch a new, conditional building occupancy program for unpermitted spaces that will ensure life safety, limit displacement, and allow extended deadlines and collaborative solutions to achieve code compliance.
Monday night, City Council voted unanimously to approve the Safe Occupancy Program, designed to incentivize the owners and tenants of unpermitted spaces to come forward and work with the city to make their buildings safe — thereby increasing safety for occupants, visitors, neighbors and the public.
With it, Denver becomes the first city in the country with a law explicitly granting legal occupancy of unpermitted spaces while a building is being brought up to code voluntarily. Life safety hazards must be addressed up front.
While first and foremost ensuring public safety, the program offers three key benefits to users:
The safe occupancy program was designed with creative spaces in mind but is applicable to many other uses of existing buildings. It allows building improvements to progress at a pace that makes sense for the property owner and the city, increasing the affordability of the project by distributing construction costs over a longer time. City code officials will work with building owners, tenants and contractors to identify reasonable and more affordable ways to meet the intent of building and fire codes.
How the safe occupancy program works:
Learn more at www.denvergov.org/safeoccupancy.
Denver Arts & Venues is proud to announce the latest addition to the city of Denver’s public art collection by Colorado artists Nick Geurts and Ryan Elmendorf. “Sky Song” will be dedicated as a part of the Grand Opening celebration for the newly built Levitt Pavilion Denver at Ruby Hill Park.
In addition, the event will include the first event in the Colorado Music series presented by Bonfils Blood Center, a concert with Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart, Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams and headliner, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club.
This event is free and open to the public. A full schedule of both free and paid shows can be found at www.levittdenver.org.
The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs (DCCA) is now seeking candidates for seven open commission positions to oversee the 1 percent 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.
The DCCA was established in 1991 to support the mayor’s office and act as an advisory board to Denver Arts & Venues.
The commission is comprised of dynamic and accomplished Denver leaders in the areas of the arts, business and education, all of whom are appointed by the mayor. Commissioners are strong advocates of the arts and culture, and are committed to the mission and goals of cultural programs and Denver Arts & Venues.
Interested applicants should complete the online application form, and send a resume and responses to the supplemental questionnaire to Nicole.Medina2@denvergov.org by noon Friday, June 23.
The DCCA seeks candidates who represent Denver’s diverse community, and is specifically looking for leaders with experience and background working in:
Commissioners are appointed for one- or three-year terms and can serve up to six consecutive years. The DCCA meets the first Tuesday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at various cultural organizations across the city.
For more information on the DCCA, please visit ArtsandVenues.com.
Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are now accepting proposals for the third year of the IMAGINE 2020 Fund.
Applications are due Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m., and award notification will be mid-July. The funding and implementation period is August 2017 through December 2018.
Proposals indicating collaboration among multiple groups are strongly encouraged. Proposed programs should be inspired by one or more of the seven vision elements outlined in IMAGINE 2020 – Denver’s Cultural Plan: Integration, Amplification, Accessibility, Lifelong Learning, Local Talent, Economic Vitality and Collective Leadership. City agencies, cultural institutions, businesses, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, neighborhood and community-based organizations, and individuals located in the City and County of Denver are eligible to submit an application.
In 2015, Denver Arts & Venues launched the IMAGINE 2020 Fund which provided funding support for 29 new, creative and innovative programs through two grant cycles 2015-17.
The IMAGINE 2020 Fund provides up to $5,000 per program. Eligible applicants can apply for programs that are new or in development since the launch of the IMAGINE 2020 Cultural Plan (Spring 2014). Programs must demonstrate a 1:1 or more match of resources including volunteer labor (valued at $20/hour), donated materials or cash. Programs must take place in the City and County of Denver, in the calendar years 2017-18 and must have a project director who will initiate, plan, implement and track the impact of the program. Projects can be independent or collaborative and reflect the applicant’s unique interpretation of the cultural plan.
In Spring 2013, Denver’s community gathered to provide a strategic vision and future platform for arts, culture and creativity in the City and County that became IMAGINE 2020 - Denver’s Cultural Plan. IMAGINE 2020 is Denver’s first cultural plan since 1989 and reflects the vision, goals and aspirations of everyone who contributed ideas through the planning process and will help guide resources, support and direction for Denver’s arts and culture in all their many forms.
Full details, guidelines and the application can be found on ArtsandVenues.com.
Denver's Public Art Program, managed by Denver Arts & Venues, and the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) Art Selection Panel have released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for artists who wish to work on a public art project for several of the façades within the DPAC campus.
Applications will be accepted at CallforEntry.org through June 7, 11:59 p.m. The budget for this project is $230,000 and is open nationally.
The vision is to incorporate permanent or semi-permanent artwork into the soon-to-be-built plaza at the intersection of Champa and 13th streets, enhancing the visitor experience. This plaza will be adjacent to several art and cultural activities planned by the Denver Theatre District, the Colorado Convention Center and Denver Arts & Venues. The main area for the artwork(s) will be on the building facades that surround the future plaza.
The selection panel is seeking one-of-a-kind artwork(s) appropriate for the diverse communities that visit and enjoy DPAC and the Colorado Convention Center. The panel is open to permanent or semi-permanent artwork(s), especially light-based artwork(s), projection-based artwork(s) and/or two or three-dimensional artwork(s) made from a variety of materials, and envisions artwork with interactive components.
For more information on the RFQ, please visit here.
Denver's Public Art Program, managed by Denver Arts & Venues, and the Red Rocks Art Selection Panel released a request for qualifications (RFQ) Thursday for a Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre art project.
Applications will be accepted at CallforEntry.org through April 27, 11:59 p.m. The budget for this project is $65,000, and is open to Colorado artists and artist teams only.
The vision is to incorporate permanent or semi-permanent artwork into transitional areas of the park, integrating natural and man-made areas at Red Rocks, and enhancing the visitor experience.
The selection panel seeks one-of-a-kind artwork(s) appropriate for Red Rocks, and for the diverse community that utilizes it for recreational and concert-going activities. The artwork should respect the natural scenery, and speak to the history and geology of the site. The artwork(s) should also provide a sense of excitement and discovery. The artwork(s) can be interactive or kinetic.
The selection panel is looking for artists who can demonstrate experience with integrating artwork into the built environment, either in a permanent or semi-permanent way. The selection panel is open to artwork in all medias and materials. Once selected as a finalist for the project, artists and/or artist teams will have the opportunity to select one or more sites for public art with final approval by Red Rocks staff and the Red Rocks Art Selection Panel.
For more information on the RFQ, please visit here
Arts & Venues partners with Meow Wolf providing $20k for Denver creative spaces, multiple city agencies contributing resources
Denver Arts & Venues (A&V) and Meow Wolf announced Wednesday a partnership that includes A&V contributing $20,000 toward a funding program, organized by Meow Wolf, that will specifically assist the more immediate compliance and safety needs of Denver’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and alternative spaces.
Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe, NM-based arts organization, had previously announced plans to disburse $100,000 in annual funding to support safer DIY music and arts venues across the nation. A&V’s money will go to support infrastructural improvements, rent assistance, materials, equipment and other needs as identified by Denver applicants. The DIY fund also supports additional resources for legal, zoning and building code consulting services.
“Meow Wolf was an ideal partner for addressing short-term needs, while we continue to explore more long-term opportunities to support safe, creative spaces,” said Kent Rice, A&V executive director. “As an artist collective, Meow Wolf has emerged as a leader in the region, working closely with Denver-based artists and reacting quickly to the acute space challenges of artists nationwide with the development of its funding program.”
Meow Wolf is collecting applications for Denver-based funding until Friday, March 31. Applicants can visit here to apply.
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