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Five Points Jazz Festival returns to Denver on May 17

Mar 25 - Events & Programs

The 11th annual Five Points Jazz Festival, celebrating the music, culture and roots of Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, will be held on May 17. Welton Street to be closed from 26th to 29th streets What: Five Points Jazz Festival When: Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Where: Welton Street

Denver Unveils First Cultural Plan in 25 Years

Mar 04 - Arts Education

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues have 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. Through an inclusive, data-driven public input

Latest Denver Public Art to be dedicated at County Jail

Jan 09 - Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues invites you to join City Councilman Christopher Herndon, the Denver Sheriff Department and artist David Griggs for the dedication of Denver’s newest public artwork: “Havana Lanterns.” Following the dedication please join the artist and others for a reception at the Berkshire Restaurant in Stapleton. What: Public

Denver Arts & Venues to honor recipients of Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture

Oct 02 - Events & Programs

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture. The 2013 honorees are Wonderbound Artistic Director Garret Ammon, filmmaker Darla Rae, Café Cultura and the Colorado Dragon

Denver celebrates 25 years of Public Art with ‘Beyond Blue’

Sep 30 - Public Art

Special anniversary reception set for Oct. 17 The City and County of Denver is celebrating 25 years of its Public Art program with a special exhibition running through Dec. 22 and an anniversary reception on Oct. 17. The “Beyond Blue” exhibition is on display at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Latest addition to Denver’s Public Art collection to be dedicated Sept. 7 at Berkeley Lake Park

Aug 28 - Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues invites you to join City Councilwoman Susan Shepherd and artist Kelton Osborn for the dedication of Denver’s newest public artwork: “Plane of Existence.” Following the dedication please stay for a picnic. Food and drinks will be provided by Whole Foods, but visitors are encouraged to bring

Free Denver Public Art tours hit the streets this summer

Aug 06 - Public Art

Denver Public Art’s popular tours are back, with events scheduled throughout the remainder of the summer. Art and architecture lovers are invited to participate in a series of free walking and biking Public Art tours, each focusing on different segments of the city’s collection. Walking Tours •    14th Street Public

Rolling Stone Names Red Rocks as Best US Amphitheatre

Jul 12 - Venues

What are the coolest music venues in America? To find out, Rolling Stone polled dozens of managers, promoters and musicians – from Miranda Lambert to Thomas Mars of Phoenix – and came up with a comprehensive report on the hottest places to catch a rock show or dance all night.

Virga: the Sound Performance’ named one of nation’s top 50 public art projects

Jun 26 - Public Art

“Virga: the Sound Performance,” a work commissioned by Denver Arts & Venues, has been named as one of the 50 best public art projects by the 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts. The annual Year in Review program recognizes the most exemplary and innovative

‘The Capitol Ghost Mystery’ selected for Youth One Book, One Denver summer reading

Jun 19 - Events & Programs

Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced “The Capitol Ghost Mystery” by Michelle Barone is the reading selection for this year’s Youth One Book, One Denver program.   Mayor Hancock made the announcement at Dora Moore School, where he was joined by the author as well as students and staff from partnering


Oct 31 - Public Art

Free Dedication and Reception for 'Bridge" by Stephen Shachtman Join the Denver Public Art Program, District 2 Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz, and artist Stephen Shachtman for a dedication and reception for the collection's latest piece, "Bridge," on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4:30pm at S. Sheridan and Lehigh Street. A reception and conversation


Oct 26 - Venues

THE MCNICHOLS BUILDING IS OPEN!  Mayor Michal B. Hancock, Arts & Venues Denver, City officials and neighbors officially opened the historic McNichols Building in Civic Center Park on October 24, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and building tour. The three story, 23,012 sq. ft. building, on the corner of Colfax and Bannock Street,


Oct 16 - Venues

RED ROCKS SETS NEW RECORDS  Red Rocks Amphitheatre closed out the 2012 Ram Trucks  Summer Concert Season on Sunday, October 15 with Run the Rocks, and for the third year in a row, marked an all-time attendance and number of events record for the world-class venue. Total attendance for the


Sep 27 - About A&V

ARTS & VENUES DENVER ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF Arts & Venues Denver (AVD) is pleased to announce several new additions to its staff, Frank Delmonte as Director of Finance, Tariana Navas-Nieves as Manager of Cultural Programs, and Lisa Gedgaudas as Create Denver Program Administrator. Frank Delmonte C.P.A is a strategic leader

Denver Receives 2012 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award

Sep 25 - Events & Programs

DENVER WINS! The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) presented the City of Denver with their 2012 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award, presented by VISA, during the 57th Annual IFEA Convention & Expo, held in Denver on September 22.  The IFEA World Festival & Event City Award was designed


Sep 25 - Public Art

“THE BIG BLUE BEAR” GETS GROOMED The 10,000 pound, 40-foot high Big Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center is getting a face lift. “I See What You Mean,” by local artist Lawrence Argent, is an iconic piece of the Denver public art collection, and has seen the effects of

Denver Public Art Program Receives Three National Awards for Outstanding Public Art

Jun 29 - Public Art

Americans for the Arts annually selects 50 outstanding public art pieces from across the country. This year, three new pieces from the Denver Public Art Collection were chosen for Year in Review Awards – Cloud Seeding, Sun Spot and Playing Apart. For a dozen years, Public Art Network’s Year in

Hello Denver! Typeface

Jun 12 - Create Denver

Create Denver collaborated with Good Apples to produce Hello Denver! , a display typeface designed to publicly communicate the courage and passion associated with the City’s creative spirit. Hello Denver! will be introduced as quotations sourced from local makers and doers, integrated into the fabric of the city in the

Five Points Jazz Festival Flash Mob!

Jun 12 - Events & Programs

If you were near the Main Stage on Welton Street at the Five Points Jazz Festival on May 19, you may have been lucky enough to witness the Flash Mob that stunned music lovers waiting for Jakarta to begin. Over 200 dancers, ranging in age from 5 to 70, performed

Arts & Venues Denver Wins Big in 2012 Westword Awards

Jun 12 - About A&V

Westword’s annual Best of Denver awards are out, and six programs and venues within Arts & Venues Denver came out on top. Here’s what Westword had to say. Best New Festival - Create Denver Week Create Denver Week is a vibrant urban showcase during which the creative community shares cultural