Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by Denver City Council in 1991, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City, be set aside for the inclusion of art. Over the past 30 years these artworks, along with the historic and donated works of art, make up the City’s Public Art Collection. The Public Art Collection has expanded the opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public places.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring regional, national and international artists, MCA Denver offers a wide range of exhibitions promoting creative experimentation with art and ideas. Through adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum serves as an innovative forum for a culturally engaged community.
The Denver Public Library connects people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives and strengthen the community, impacting positively the civic, cultural and educational health of Denver.
Supernova is the only major festival to focus solely on the latest advances in digital animation as art, presented free to the public on large-scale LED screens in the heart of Denver, Colorado. The festival’s encompassing theme “Reality Bytes” for 2018 was selected as a reflection of current times, both playful and ominous, exquisitely shaped through practitioners of animation and art around the world today.
The Denver Lit Crawl bolsters the local literary scene and captures the city’s unique flavor by partnering with local venues on a series of poetry, fiction and non-fiction readings featuring accomplished authors who call Colorado home, all the while inviting the audience to get drunk on words. Since 2008, 14 cities worldwide have launched affiliated Lit Crawls: Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, New York City, Wellington (New Zealand), Cheltenham (England), Belfast and Kells (Ireland), and Helsinki (Finland). The Denver Lite Crawl is organized by At The Inkwell, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the FBomb, Mile-High MFA (Regis University), Tethered by Letters, Colorado Humanities and BookBar.
Rebel Tours leads people on an immersive walking adventure through the veins of the vibrant RiNo Art District and into the immediate and impermanent world of murals, street art, and graffiti. Learn about the history, the craft, the artists.
Known for reimagining & revitalizing urban locations into thriving merchant markets, the #1 micro-retail curator in the Rocky Mountains also showcases the booming local artisanal wine, cider, and spirit industry within the charming setting of the Night Bazaar.
Red Wolf Collective started as a group of local artists meeting for brunch to share knowledge and experience as full-time Artists in Denver, in order to support one another, grow as entrepreneurs and support the arts in Denver.
The collective has exhibited work in local art shows and now has a gallery at BOOZ hall RiNo, featuring work by members Amanda Vela Charbonneau, Cody Kuehl, Ashley Joon, Jen Herling, and Matt Verges.
Nuart festival is an annual street art gathering of national and internation artists held in Stavanger, Norway. Since 2001, it has featured groundbreaking artists and ignited debates pushing the bounderies of what art can be. Consisting of outdoors exhibitions, events, performances, interventions, debates & workshops, Nuart is highly reveered in the art world for exploring new movements and artists "operating across the spectrum of Street Art.
The Big Picture is a global exhange program, bringing the world closer together through photography by introducing Colorado's talent to international audiences, and the work of foreign photographers here. Curated by Denver's Month of Photography's promoter Mark Sink, who provides the ground manpower to deploy and wheat-paste large-scale black and white pictures, The Big Picture has found its way in galleries, museums as well as in the streets of Denver and sister cities around the globe. Sink's work has been praised by Westworld magazine who honored his worldwide initiative with their Best of Street Art Award. The Big Picture is a truly valued member of Denver's art community.
The Denver Zine Library is a non profit organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote the culture of zines and self published original work through archival collection, workshops and events. The Denver Zine Library currently houses one of the largest zine collections in North America with a preserved collection of over 20,000 independent and alternative zines. The organization is entirely volunteer run, and the public can access the full library and archives during open hours.
ATC DEN is a new concept creative space merging contemporary art with a modern-appointed event space for Denver’s thriving creative community. Seeking to be a community canvas for RiNo artists, makers and dwellers while functioning as a progressive and experimental contemporary art gallery ATC DEN is the true brick and mortar expression of Denver-based artist, Laura Krudener's Among the Colors digital platform as well as a lifestyle and community project that connects art, fashion, food and wellness.