Recognizing that the local arts scene needed a little fertilizer to really get going -- and growing -- five years ago, Westword created the MasterMind Awards, a program that honors five cultural visionaries who are working to change the cultural landscape of Denver, and rewards their efforts with cold, hard cash.
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That first creative class -- Lauri Lynnxe Murphy in Visual Arts, Brandi Shigley in Fashion/Design, the Denver Zine Library and Kristy Fenton in Literary Arts, Buntport Theater in Performing Arts, and the Emerging Filmmakers Project in Multimedia -- wasn't content to take the money and run. The 2005 MasterMind winners have continued to contribute to Denver's artistic community and also helped to choose this year's MasterMinds, who will be revealed later this week.