Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs

The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs acts as an advisory board to Denver Arts & Venues' cultural programs Department. 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. The Commissioners are strong advocates of the arts and culture, and are committed to the mission and goals of Cultural Programs and Denver Arts & Venues. Meetings of the Commission are open to the public. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. Call 720-865-4314 for details.

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Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
4-6 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Studio 102, Morgridge Family Exploration Center
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205


Commission Members


Rachel Basye – Rachel is the Executive Director at the Arts Students League of Denver, an art community where people of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential.  Rachel also works as a printmaker.
Stephanie H. Blake, Ph.D., APR - Owner of Blake Communications, consultant and educator, has over 15 years of experience practicing and teaching strategic communications.
Jayne Buck - Vice President of Tourism for VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, since 1999. She is responsible for all leisure marketing efforts for Metro Denver, including international and consumer marketing.
Kyle Chism -  Kyle is Vice President for Brinkman Partners, and serves as a board member for Cherry Arts, a 501(c) 3 organizing and over seeing the Cherry Arts Festival, ART Denver, and the Art Education outreach program.
Josh Comfort – Josh is a registered Architect (Real Estate Development Services) with an emphasis on re-purposing existing buildings.  As an active Arts Advocate, he currently serves on the Board of the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), participates in Denver’s Biennial of the Americas, and is a trained Public Art Docent for Denver Arts & Venues.
Ann Daley- Curator, Captiva Resources. Independent art advisor, appraiser, and curator.
Rick Griffith - Rick is the design director for the studio and typography laboratory called MATTER.  The Executive Director of DesignComplex and an educator of design thinking, typography and design history for 2 years.  He loves his city more than he can say.
Leslie N. Herod -  Leslie is a community leader and northeast Denver resident. Leslie is an advocate for the civic engagement of underrepresented communities and is the owner LNH Solutions, a strategic partnerships consulting firm.
Sarah Kurz - VP Policy & Communications for Livewell Colorado. Prevsiouly, Sarah was Director of Strategic Marketing for the City and County of Denver assisting departments, agencies and the mayor's office in promoting the city's services to its residents.
Evi Makovsky -
Michael Mowry -
Chandler Romeo - Artist
Not Pictured Maruca Salazar - Maruca is the current executive director of Museo de las Americas, a 20-year institution that promotes Latino Art from ancient to contemporary.
Tony Smith - Tony has worked for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival since October 2000 and serves as the Marketing and Operations Director.
Margie Soo Hoo Lee - Architect, Soo Hoo Design Associates.
Bobbi Walker - Bobbi founded Walker Fine Art in 1999, and opened the gallery space in June of 2002. She has been actively involved in the arts community in Denver for the last 15 years.
Dustin Whistler – Dustin is the Founder and Principal of Forte Commercial Real Estate.  He is a board member and past chair of Phamaly Theatre Company and a member of the board of Colorado BioScience Association.