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.
We are excited to announce that the South Broadway Reconstruction project is 75 percent complete! Thanks to warmer weather, a lot has been accomplished and the team has been hard at work. The project was expected to be finished by the end of July 2017, but is on track to finish one month early, with full use of roads two months before the designated completion in late August. Work on Mississippi west of South Broadway should be complete before Memorial Day weekend. This will include a beautiful new elevated walkway. Streetscaping and landscaping are expected to be done in June. This includes new streetscaping features with brick pavers, landscaping planters, and amenities such as new bike racks, new trash receptacles, and new benches to relax and take in the gorgeous Colorado views. Read more about the project update by downloading the PDF.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies (OBHS) are encouraging residents to actively think about mental wellness, learn the signs of and how to get help for themselves others living with mental illness, and to share stories of recovery. In order to promote understanding and reduce stigma around mental illness, OBHS is releasing a series of videos that will run throughout the year that tell stories of recovery and encourage all residents to remember, “Your Mind Matters.” The first video is available now.
“When we talk openly about our experiences and work together to find innovative ways to improve the mental wellbeing of those in our community who are struggling, we can help thousands of people get their lives back,” Mayor Hancock said. “Through coordination and strong partnerships between the city and our private and nonprofit partners, we are improving our community’s understanding of mental health, training more people to recognize the signs of mental illness, addiction and trauma, and better supporting people in achieving overall mental wellness.”
One in three Coloradans will experience a behavioral health condition that includes mental health, trauma, substance abuse, or a combination of the three, making it likely that most people in Denver know or are someone impacted by the issue. OBHS brings together dozens of partners across Denver to strengthen the network of services that support mental health for our entire community.
In 2016, OBHS joined other city agencies and private partners to launch and sustain a number of initiatives, highlighted in the attached fact sheet. Denver OBHS is focused on Proactive, Responsive, Integrated Strategies for Mental Wellness (PRISM).
“Recovery is possible and productive lives are probable when people living with a mental health or substance use disorder focus holistically on their emotional, physical, financial, mental and relationship wellbeing,” Regina Huerter, executive director of the Denver Office of Behavioral Health Strategies said. “Each member of our community, including businesses, schools, government agencies, healthcare providers, organizations and residents, share the opportunity to promote mental wellness, staff training and support prevention efforts by learning more and sharing their own experiences.”
For immediate help with a mental or behavioral health concern, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text TALK to 38255, visit www.coloradocrisisservices.org to chat live with a crisis services professional, or go to the Denver Walk-In Crisis Services at 4353 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220. All services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Colorado Crisis Services is Colorado’s first statewide resource for mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. If you or someone is experiencing a crisis requiring immediate attention, always call 9-1-1.
Mayor Hancock proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Denver. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. Nearly 44 million American adults and millions of children experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress. 50 percent of all people with mental health conditions experience them by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24.
The Office of Behavioral Health Strategies will recognize Mental Health Awareness Month throughout May and will partner with other providers to support Mental Health First Aid trainings, awareness events and to share stories of recovery.
About the Denver Office of Behavioral Health Strategies
Denver launched the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies (OBHS) in January 2015 to promote system coordination, increase access to treatment, and address gaps and barriers to recovery. OBHS brings together partners across Denver to find innovative ways to strengthen the network of services that support mental health for our entire community. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/behavioralhealthstrategies.
20 projects include affordable home repair, a celebration of military interpreters, a music and dance festival, and resources for women and children
The Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs and the Immigrant & Refugee Commission today announced the winners of the third annual Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant Program. Designed by the community for the community, the mini-grants fund projects whose goal is to break down barriers between Denver’s welcoming communities and the immigrants and refugees working to make a home here.
“Denver is and always has been a welcoming, open and safe city,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Everything we do works toward that end, including these mini-grants, which allow us to support community efforts that welcome immigrants and refugees into our neighborhoods and help build bridges where they matter most.”
The Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program provides twenty small grants to community groups that are raising each other up, creating spaces to share, learn and create real connections.
“This grant project reveals how much Denver residents are committed to developing community connections, highlighting the value we all place on creating bridges between our immigrant and receiving communities,” said Jamie Torres, director of the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs. “Residents are transforming their own personal understandings and providing space for all to feel welcome, valued and part of this city.”
The Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program was praised by the White House Taskforce on Immigrant Integration in 2015 under President Barack Obama and has been replicated in several other cities across the country as a best practice for channeling community creativity for greater immigrant integration goals.
The 20 mini-grants for 2017 include funding for five projects that demonstrated success in previous grant cycles and have been renewed and 15 new projects that are receiving funding for the first time, for a total of $20k in grants awarded.
Among the successes from previous years are:
The new projects for 2017 include:
For a complete listing of the 2017 mini-grant recipients, please visit the Immigrant Integration Mini-Grants webpage by clicking here.
Denver Public Safety Reminds the Public About the Denver SafeNite Program and Curfew Ordinance - Active Enforcement Begins Saturday
From April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, Safety Youth Programs diversion officers and Denver Police officers team-up to run the Denver SafeNite Program. The program offers court diversion opportunities for youth 17 years of age and younger while police actively enforce Denver’s Curfew Ordinance.
“Programs that promote safety and reduce the number of youth that enter the legal system are vital to the strength of our communities,” said Executive Director of Safety Stephanie Y. O’Malley. “Diversion options increase collaboration between parents and government and can lead to lesser consequences that still provide corrective behavior, when needed.”
Denver’s Curfew Ordinance prohibits youth from being in a public place or on public property from 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM, Sunday through Thursday, and 12:00 AM – 5:00 AM Friday and Saturday unless:
Although the curfew is enforced year-round, youth that break curfew during the active enforcement period of April through September are transported to the Denver Juvenile Services Center at 303 W. Colfax Ave. 1st Floor, Denver, CO 80204. Their parents are contacted and a citation is issued.
“While it is our duty to enforce the City’s curfew ordinance, we also care about the safety of the City’s youth,” said Chief of Police Robert White. “We want to send a clear message about Denver’s reasonable curfew expectations and help kids avoid a citation for being on the streets when they really shouldn’t be.”
Youth cited for a first-time municipal ordinance violation are given the option of participating in a diversion program as an alternative to entering the court system. If the option is accepted by the youth and his/her parent(s), a customized diversion plan is developed based on an individual assessment. Once the plan is successfully completed, the case is dismissed without a court appearance.
The Denver SafeNite Program was implemented in 1994 and is a joint effort between the Denver Police Department and Denver Public Safety Youth Programs.
The Cinco de Mayo holiday will soon be upon us. Each year, metro area residents and visitors from adjoining states come to Denver to take part in one of the nation’s largest celebrations, commemorating the battle that took place in the City of Puebla in Mexico in 1862. This holiday stands as a symbol of the unyielding spirit and quest for freedom of Mexican citizens from an oppressive invader. This holiday was first celebrated in the City of Puebla only. Latinos across our great nation have embraced this Mexican Holiday, making it their own. Latinos and non-Latinos alike take great pride in celebrating Mexican culture and history.
Learn more about traffic concerns on Federal that might come with this celebration.
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