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.

The Commission typically seeks new candidates it the late summer of every year. Openings and a Call for Application are announced via the weekly The Link newsletter. Interested candidates may also send a resume to Anthony Aragon, at any time.

Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Denver Arts & Venue, McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Map Room, Denver, CO 80202


Commission Members

Anthony Aragon – Anthony joined the Office of Mayor Hancock in August, 2011, as the Director of Boards & Commissions.  He manages over 130 different civic boards and commissions. (Ex-Officio)
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.
Denis Berckefeldt - Director of Communications and Government/Public Relations with the Denver Auditor’s Office.
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.
Andes Cladera – Uruguayan conductor Andres Cladera, recently named Resident Conductor of Opera San Antonio and Founder/Artistic Director of the Microscopic Opera Company of Pittsburgh, is a versatile and cultivated artist in both the operatic and symphonic worlds.
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.
Frank Daidone – (Ex-Officio)
Ann Daley - Curator, Captiva Resources. Independent art advisor, appraiser, and curator.
Jennifer Evans - Jennifer has 25+ years of non-profit and financial management and executive leadership experience.  She serves on the boards of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, Girls Athletic Leadership School and the Clyfford Still Museum, and is an aspiring mixed-media artist.
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.
Claudia Jordan – Retired Denver County Court Judge.
Sarah Kurz - Director of Strategic Marketing for the City and County of Denver. Sarah assists departments, agencies and the mayor's office in promoting the city's services to its residents. She is responsible for managing Denver's brand and maintaining a strong and consistent visual identity for the city. (Ex-Officio)
Mary Louise Lee - First Lady, City & County of Denver. (Ex-Officio)
Evi Makovsky -
Michael Mowry -
Yolanda Ortega –
Yolanda retired from Metropolitan State College of Denver as Vice President for Student Services. Yolanda performs and is a member of Su Teatro Performance and Cultural Arts Center.  She serves the Latino Commission.
Chandler Romeo - Artist
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.
Rick Tallman - Rick currently serves as Co-Chair of the Commission.  Rick is a veteran entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of Renova Capital Partners – a private equity group that develops renewable power generation assets.
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.
Nancy Walsh – Nancy currently serves as Co-Chair of the Commission.  Nancy is Director of Museum Programs for Strategic Partnerships & Programs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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.