IMAGINE 2020 in the News

Denver neighborhoods spruce up with P.S. You are Here grants - YourHub, Denver Post
By Joe Vaccarelli
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Last year, Denver saw the creation of small art projects around the city such as a butterfly walk, a collection of "singing trees" and alley murals. As this year brings more smaller-scale and practical beautification attempts, Denver Arts and Venues hopes to see the P.S. You Are Here grants spread across the city with more funding.
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RiNo needs 90 affordable live-work units for artists - The Denver Post
By Emilie Rusch
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Artspace identifies need for permanently affordable creative space in rapidly changing neighborhood. A leading developer of live-work space for artists nationwide says there's a critical need for affordable creative space in Denver's River North, as intense interest and development pushes the price of real estate higher and higher.

Up to 90 permanently affordable live-work units — residences with added space for studios — are needed right now in the rapidly changing neighborhood, according to the results of a year-long feasibility study conducted by Artspace and commissioned by Denver Arts & Venues.
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Birdseed Collective Brightens RTD Bus Stops With Art Through the P.S. You Are Here Project - Denver Westword
By Bree Davies
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

With a grant from the city of Denver, Birdseed Collective is beautifying RTD bus benches in its own Globeville/Elyria/Swansea neighborhood. With two benches already finished and four more on the way, the art and community service collective is working with LiveWell Colorado on the P.S. You Are Here Grant to not only bring art to these bus stops, but actual places to rest where there used to be none.
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November #InsideDenver Twitter Chat: Economic Development and the Arts - Blake Communications
by Stephanie Blake
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

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An audio interview with the Whittier Alley Project - TEDx Mile High
By Gracie Ramsdell
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

This past Monday, Mayor Michael Hancock announced the recipients of eight P.S. You Are Here grants, a Create Denver initiative through Denver Arts & Venues. P.S. You Are Here is a pilot, citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that will cultivate collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces.

TEDxMileHigh fellow, Gracie Ramsdell, sat down with one of the grantees, Darrell Watson of the Whittier Neighborhood Organization and Brian Choquette of Radian Resources, to talk about their project.
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P.S. You Are Here Grants Awarded Eight Projects, Including Whittier's Alley Loop - Denver Westword
By Kristin Pazulski
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

In rapidly changing neighborhoods, gentrification can lead to a lack of community unity. But small, physical projects can help give a sense of place -- which is why Denver created the P.S. You Are Here grant program. And yesterday, city officials went to Whittier, one of those rapidly changing neighborhoods, to announce the first eight recipients of the grant.
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Denver awards first ‘Imagine 2020’ creative placemaking grants - Colorado Public Radio
By Stephanie Wolf
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

On Monday, Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Arts and Venues, the city’s cultural agency, announced the first eight projects to receive "P.S. You are Here" grants as part of the city’s “Imagine 2020” cultural plan which launched in March.
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It’s Time For Renewed Creative Vision – IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan - Washington Park Profile
by Kent Rice, Executive Director
Ginger White, Deputy Director
Denver Arts & Venues

One of the biggest challenges – and most rewarding experiences – of working in city government is developing ways to engage Denver residents in the work that we do.

Never was that more apparent than during the yearlong process to create the city’s first cultural plan in 25 years.
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Q&A: How Denver plans to move forward with new cultural policies - Colorado Public Radio
By Ange-Aimée Woods
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Denver launched its ambitious new Imagine 2020 cultural plan last week. Now it’s time for the city to get down to the task of implementing its goals.
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Denver isn't viewed as an arts town yet, survey reveals - Denver Business Journal
by L. Wayne Hicks  
Friday, March 7, 2014

The perception Denver residents have of their city is that it's a town that loves sports rather than arts, according to the results of a survey used to craft the Imagine 2020 plan.
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Finding Deficiencies, Denver’s Cultural Plan Proposes Solutions - KUNC
By Carrie Saldo
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Denver’s first cultural plan in 25 years has found a gap between availability and access to the arts. With Imagine 2020 as a road map, a variety of stakeholders committed to the arts will work to change that.
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Imagine 2020, Denver's cultural plan, unveiled -- and celebrated today! - Denver Westword
By Ben Landreth
Thursday, March 6 2014

More than thirty years ago, 36-year-old dark-horse candidate Federico Pena rode to victory as Denver's mayor waving the slogan "Imagine a Great City." Under Pena, the city released its first arts plan in 1989 -- and now, 25 years later, Denver has released Imagine 2020, Denver's first cultural plan in 25 years.
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Aurora's got a poet laureate but Denver doesn't? You can bet the Big Blue Bear's butt on it - Denver Westword
By Patricia Calhoun
Thursday, March 6 2014

The highlight of Monday's luncheon for Imagine 2020, the city's first cultural plan in 25 years, was local slam poet and DU student Jose Guerrero, who'd written a poem about Denver for the event that included a memorable reference to the "Big Blue Bear's butt" and even more telling lines about how this city's kids want to express themselves whether in graffiti or poems.
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Denver Has a New Cultural Plan - 5820 Magazine
By Daliah Singer
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It only took 25 years.

In 1989, Denver mayor Federico Peña led the charge to craft the city's first cultural plan. It's been revised in the decades since, but not with as much gusto as Imagine 2020, which was released yesterday, a 90-page manifesto on how the city is going to support and engage with arts, culture, and creativity over the next seven years. "This is a great day for Denver," Mayor Michael Hancock said at the press conference. "This industry defines the soul of our city."
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Meet Denver's cultural plan: Imagine 2020 - Colorado Springs Independent
Posted By Edie Adelstein
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The last time Denver laid out its ideas on improving city culture, Federico Peña was in office, and it led to its historic “One Percent for Art” program, that led to hundreds of public artworks, laid the groundwork for arts districts and forged a path for arts public policy.
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Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan Press Conference - The City of Denver Channel 8
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues today released Denver's first cultural plan in 25 years. IMAGINE 2020: Denver's Cultural Plan provides a strategic vision for the city's arts, culture and creativity, and sets a bold agenda to achieve in seven years.
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Denver launches ambitious culture plan with IMAGINE 2020 - Colorado Public Radio
By Ange-Aimée Woods
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The city of Denver launched an ambitious cultural plan on Tuesday with IMAGINE 2020, the city's first comprehensive cultural plan in 25 years.
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Denver Has First Cultural Plan In 25 Years - CBS Denver
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Denver has its first official cultural plan in a quarter of a century.

The goal of “Imagine 20-20” is making sure the arts are a part of daily life for everyone. That includes making sure people know about local artists.
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Denver unveils big push to get cultured - Denver Business Journal
By L. Wayne Hicks
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Denver, which is home to more art lovers and artsy types than average, wants to capitalize on that.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday released Imagine 2020, the result of a year-long effort to determine what the city should be doing over the next seven years to give the arts a more visible presence.
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Denver's new cultural plan imagines arts-first public policy - The Denver Post
By Ray Mark Rinaldi
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The city of Denver on Tuesday unveiled its new cultural plan, called "Imagine 2020," with a long list of recommendations intended to push public policy in a pro-arts direction over the next seven years.
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