Denver Public Art Tours

Love public art?
Interested in becoming a Denver Public Art Docent?

Email Brendan or Rudi to get involved!
Rudi Cerri at rudi.cerri@denvergov.org or 720-865-4307
Brendan Picker at brendan.picker@denvergov.org or 720-865-4302

Art and architecture lovers are invited to participate in a series of free walking and biking Public Art Tours throughout the city each summer. These guided tours focus on small segments of the Denver Public Art Collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Colorado Convention Center, and outdoor venues such as Civic Center Park, to view new and historic works and hear the intimate details of their creation and installation.

The Denver Public Art Program is one of the most respected in the country, with a collection of nearly 350 pieces, found along streets, over bridges, in and around buildings old and new, in all mediums. Tours are free, but most are limited to 15 people.

2016 Free Public Art Tour Schedule
Walk | Bike

WALKING TOURS

Colorado Convention Center

 - Sunday, June 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
 - Sunday, July 31, 10-11:30 a.m.

Why is that escalator laughing at me?  And, what’s with the big blue bear peering through the window?  Get the answers, plus see Denver’s 300 million-year history unfold in a short 100-foot walk on this fun and educational tour of public artwork in the Colorado Convention Center.

Tours will be led by Denver Public Art docents, Rebecca Moore and Rosalie Martin. The tours will meet at the Colorado Convention Center next to “I See What You Mean,” aka “The Big Blue Bear” on 14th Street between Stout and California streets.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

Curtis and 14th streets

 - Wednesday, May 18, 6pm: Michael Barger
 - Thursday, June 2, 6pm: Michael Barger
 - Wednesday, June 22, 6pm: Brendan Picker
 - Tuesday, June 28, 6pm: Michael Barger
 - Wednesday, July 13, 6pm: Brendan Picker
 - Wednesday, July 27, 6pm: Brendan Picker
 - Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6pm: Brendan Picker
 - Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6pm: Brendan Picker
 - Wednesday, Sept. 14, 5:30pm: Brendan Picker
 - Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5:30pm: Brendan Picker

You will be amazed at the quality and amount of art visible within two square blocks on and around Curtis Street, the heart of Denver’s Theatre District.  Witness some of Denver’s oldest murals done by Allen True, and just steps away, take in some recent works in the Denver Public Art collection by the artist team of Walczak and Heiss.  The artworks on this tour tend to be colorful, big and playful. Join Public Art Coordinator, Brendan Picker and/or Public Art Docent, Michael Barger, on these spring evening tour.

The tour will meet at the northeast corner of Curtis and 14th streets at the artwork "All Together Now."

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

Kid-Friendly

 - Thursday, June 2, 10 a.m.
 - Tuesday, June 28, 10 a.m.

Tours for kids aged 12 and younger, but all are welcomed. Led by Denver Public Art docent Michael Barger, the tour will focus on the artworks on 14th and Curtis streets.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn basic drawing skills and do sketching exercises based on the artworks during the tour.

The tour will meet at the northeast corner of Curtis and 14th streets at the artwork "All Together Now."

 (Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

In Touch with Art: Tactile Public Art Tour for Visually Impaired

 - Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.
 - Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.
 - Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m.

Ever wonder what “The Big Blue Bear” (Lawrence Argent’s “I See What You Mean”) feels like? Find out in this interactive, hands-on tour. Learn about the stories of some of Denver’s iconic public art and experience the many textures and sounds of the city. Highlighting anecdotes about the work of several contemporary artists, this outdoor walking tour will encompass about one mile and will include visual descriptions, touchable objects and guided looking/touching exercises. Terrain is wheelchair accessible. This unique tour is designed for all to enjoy, with particular emphasis on those who are blind or vision impaired.  

The tours will meet at the Colorado Convention Center next to “I See What You Mean,” aka “The Big Blue Bear” on 14th Street between Stout and California streets.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

Denver Performing Arts Complex

 - Sunday, June 26, 10-11:30 a.m.
 - Sunday, July 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
 - Sunday, August 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
 - Sunday, August 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) is one of the most impressive performing arts centers in the world, featuring 10 performance spaces connected by an 80-foot-tall glass canopy with world-class art to match. Participants will learn about Stephen Batura’s epic mural “Rehearsal” in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with all of its fascinating characters and scintillating stories. John DeAndrea’s hyper-realistic sculptures will make you look twice – are those ballerinas breathing?  Get a new perspective on Jonathan Borofsky’s “Dancers” in Sculpture Park at Denver Performing Arts Complex by standing directly underneath the 60-foot sculptures and listening to the music composed by the artist himself to accompany the dancing giants.

The tours will meet at the entrance to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Curtis and 14th streets.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP

Urban Arts Fund Mural Tour

- Sunday, September 25, 3-4:30 p.m.

Check out the Urban Arts Fund “Colorado Crush Mural Tour” that stretches along the west alleyway of Larimer St. between 26th and 28th streets. This is an urban walking tour exploring the murals of local and national street artists that now enliven the once drab and dark alleyways. These saturated and colorful murals are admired by young hipsters, local businesses and the RiNo community at large. Tour led by Denver Public Art Coordinator Mary Valdez along with local artists. 

Tour will meet at 26th and Larimer streets, on northwest corner.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

English / Spanish Public Art Walking Tour Downtown Denver

 - Thursday, July 21, 6-7 p.m.

Join Denver Public Art Administrator, Rudi Cerri and docent, Lauren Fueyo for a bilingual public art walking tour of some of Downtown Denver’s most iconic artworks.

The tours will meet at the Colorado Convention Center next to “I See What You Mean,” aka “The Big Blue Bear” on 14th Street between Stout and California streets.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

McNichols Civic Center Building: Insider’s Tour

 - Sunday, September 25, 2-3 p.m.

More than 100 years ago philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie funded Denver’s first library. After a year-long renovation, the McNichols Civic Center Building is now open to the public. Join Denver Arts & Venues staff for a tour of our newly remodeled building. Highlights of the tour will include several key aspects of the renovation that enhance the public events and historical discoveries uncovered during the McNichols renovation work.

The tour meets at McNichols Building, located at 144 W. Colfax Ave.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

BIKE TOURS

The popular and free Denver Public Art bicycle tours return in 2016. The tours will last approximately two hours, with a distance of almost three miles and will make use of available bike routes and paths.

*All participants are required to wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet. Participants must sign a release form and will need to provide their own bike, water, food and repair kits.

Downtown Denver Public Art Bicycle Tour

  - Sunday, September 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Led by Public Art administrator, Rudi Cerri. Tour highlights include artwork at Denver Skate Park, Commons Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Colorado Convention Center.

The tour meets at City of Cuernavaca Park, located at 20th and Platte streets, at the pavilion across from the parking lot.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.


Cherry Creek Trail Mural Tour Bicycle Tour

 - Sunday, June 12. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Urban Arts Fund Program continues to install and highlight incredible murals along the Cherry Creek Trail. Westword Magazine featured these murals as the “Best Citywide Arts Collaboration in 2015.” This past summer, beautiful, cosmopolitan street-smart murals blossomed everywhere, as teams of artists painted along the Cherry Creek Trail, thanks to the funding from the city’s Urban Arts Fund graffiti-prevention program. Individual collaborators include local artists Jaime Molina, Pedro Barrios and Joseph Martinez to international artists such as Brazil’s Bruno Novelli, Claudio Ethos (Ethos) and Alex Hornest (Onesto).  

Tour will be led by Mary Valdez, Public Art coordinator. The tour meets at REI, 1416 Platte St. Meet outside of store.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

 

For Denver Public Art Tour questions, please contact:  
Rudi Cerri at rudi.cerri@denvergov.org or 720-865-4307
Brendan Picker at brendan.picker@denvergov.org or 720-865-4302

SELF GUIDED TOURS
It might sound like science-fiction, but it's called Augmented Reality, and it's the addition of information to the world around you. Using a free program on your iPhone, Android or other smartphone, you can see public art points of interest as layers on top of the world you see. Find out more...

PHONECASTS
Denver's Public Art Program is offering Public Art Phonecasts of our most popular artworks. From any phone, dial 1-877-336-2787 (1-877-DEN-ARTS) to hear short interviews with the artists talking about their works.