At the heart of a great city is art and that art is defined in hundreds of different ways. In Denver, a big-selling band at Red Rocks is as relevant as a trio at a bar on South Broadway. A small gallery in a neighborhood arts district is as charming as the Blue Mustang or a major museum exhibit. Small nonprofit writing programs complement many of the city’s renowned bookstores. And, the stage at a community festival is as thrilling as a Broadway show at the Buell Theatre or Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
The business of arts, culture and creativity helps define a city, too. Dollars spent in record stores, galleries, filmmaking, fashion production and restaurants all point to an appreciation of human creativity. Simply put, support for arts in many forms help support a city’s quality of life.
The Imagine 2020 project is a survey and development effort designed to give Denver a renewed sense of direction in the promotion of arts, culture and creativity. It is a collaborative effort that seeks to engage all citizens. By documenting the thoughts and input of Denverites, Imagine 2020 will inform an effort to provide resources and collaborative efforts to support arts and culture in our city.
A cultural plan like Imagine 2020 hasn’t been done in Denver since 1989. That plan resulted in a number of long-term changes that have benefited the arts. Establishment of a citywide office overseeing cultural efforts and increased financial, policy and program support for arts all came from the 1989 plan.
Imagine 2020 is designed to build on earlier successes and re-imagine this important part of Denver life. A six-month study period will be followed by an evolving, multiyear program to engage citizens, build creative economies and provide an appreciation for the creative works around us.
Design, building and creativity that might last a week, or a millennium.
Yes, that Colorado lamb or kale chip on a plate can be a work of art – it’s creativity that encompasses the senses of feeling, taste, smell, sight and maybe even sound
Ballet, ethnic, jazz or modern – whatever the style, it’s one of the oldest art forms
From knitting shops in Congress Park to runways downtown, design and construction are big business.
The much-celebrated medium is studied and enjoyed throughout the city, connecting people with art on screens big and small every day.
From poetry and novels to journalism and criticism, cities are often identified by the authors that inhabit them
Renowned for venues as eye- and ear-catching as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, or as downscale as a dark blues bar, the concert and live music business in Denver represents a broad spectrum of cultures
Live Music Part II
Music of a “traditional” kind is generally what comes to mind when “culture” is named – symphonies, instrument-specific orchestras and performances are represented here.
Recording a podcast, blogging about a new band or artist, shooting video of breakdancers or writing a review for a magazine, it all fuels city life
Colorado’s flora and fauna might be in a museum, a zoo, or in a garden
Black-and-white, color, and now digital, it’s art in real time
The art of defining spaces and creating places that build community and creativity is a burgeoning industry, from designing venues to turning coffee shops into performance spaces
Musical arts for eternity are recorded and this segment of the cultural community is a measure of vitality in terms of production and sales
Ancient Greeks and Denver’s geeks all found the stage a place for a myriad of artistic expression
The fine art of painting of drawing can be one of the most accessible or most confounding – depending on your perspective