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Proposals for IMAGINE 2020 Fund now being accepted for 2016-17 projects

May 25 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are now accepting proposals for the second year of the IMAGINE 2020 Fund. Applications are due Friday, June 24 at 5 p.m., and award notification will be mid-July. The funding and implementation period is August 2016 through December 2017.

Mayor Hancock reveals 2016 Youth One Book, One Denver summer reading program selection

May 20 - Events & Programs

Mayor Michael B. Hancock unveiled the winning selection for the 2016 Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD) program Friday morning inside Cole Arts & Science Academy. “Book Scavenger” from local author, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman was selected by more than 1,500 youth voters and is currently on the New York Times’

Funding and Governance executive team, working groups announced for The Next Stage

Apr 26 - About A&V

Denver Arts & Venues announced the executive team and four working groups of community, business and arts leaders appointed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to advance work on The Next Stage, the recently revealed vision plan for the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The Funding and Governance group – FunGov –

Mayor Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues announce The Next Stage vision, process

Mar 21 - Venues

A new music hall, rehearsal and recording space, commercial development, expanded retail, and an arts high school campus are elements of a redevelopment vision for the performing arts complex presented by Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues Thursday. The vision, dubbed “The Next Stage,” was delivered by

Arts & Venues screening two film firsts on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan 13 - Denver Public Art

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Denver Arts & Venues’ Public Art Program, in partnership with Mizel Museum, will screen two short films on the making of Denver’s first original, public and site-specific dance performance at Babi Yar Park, “White Mirror.” The films screened will include  “Second Look” by independent filmmaker

Arts & Venues announce 2015 “P.S. You Are Here” grantees

Dec 18 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues is excited to reveal the 2015 “P.S. You Are Here” (PSYAH) grantees. As part of IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s Cultural Plan, Arts & Venues’ PSYAH program is a citywide neighborhood revitalization initiative that helps fund temporary, collaborative and community-driven projects in Denver’s public spaces. The program is

Mayor Hancock announces Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture

Nov 18 - Events & Programs

In the spirit of IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s cultural plan, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture. Since 1986, the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts

“White Mirror” commissioning a first for Denver’s Public Art Program

Sep 10 - Denver Public Art

Denver Arts & Venues’ Public Art Program is pleased to announce the commission of “White Mirror” an original site-specific public dance performance for Babi Yar Park, by internationally renowned choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet. “White Mirror” will be performed by Lemon Sponge Cake dancers and collaborator,


Sep 10 - Create Denver

Artspace study finds critical need of affordable live/work housing for creative sector in River North Denver Affordable space for the creative sector is needed throughout Denver and the need is especially critical in the River North (RiNo) area, according to a feasibility study conducted by Artspace – the nation’s leading

Historic McNichols Civic Center Building Temporarily Closing to Improve Connectivity and Access

Aug 20 - Venues

McNichols Civic Center Building will close its doors for construction on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 as the building prepares for operational upgrades as well as implementing a new front courtyard offering better connectivity to Civic Center Park and universal access to the building. Arts & Venues staff will vacate the

Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Named National Historic Landmark

Aug 04 - Venues

Red Rocks Park and the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp today were designated National Historic Landmarks by the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. The designation recognizes sites that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. “Being awarded

Now Accepting Nominations for Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture

Aug 03 - Events & Programs

Nominations for the 2015 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture are now being accepted through Friday, Aug. 28. In the spirit of IMAGINE 2020 – Denver’s Cultural Plan, Mayor Michael B. Hancock will recognize individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the artistic, cultural and

Creative Youth Take Flight: La Alma Connection

Jul 27 - Events & Programs

National Endowment for the Arts, Rose Community Foundation and Denver Arts & Venues join hands with Denver youth at Arts Street Through Arts Street’s LA ALMA CONNECTION project, Denver's underserved high school to college-age youth will participate in sustainable Urban Design and Creative placemaking to improve the traffic congestion along

New IMAGINE 2020 Fund Now Accepting Proposals

Jun 04 - Events & Programs

Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs launched the new IMAGINE 2020 Fund providing up to $5,000 in funding support for new, creative and innovative programs inspired by one or more of the seven vision elements outlined in IMAGINE 2020 – Denver’s Cultural Plan – that

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