In a recent post, Patricia Calhoun weighed in on critics of Arts & Venues, which merged Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Division of Theatres & Arenas. Taking issue is Anthony Radich, second chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs and executive director of the Western Stat ... More >>
Michael Hancock hasn't yet taken office as mayor of Denver. That's on tap for later today. But Hancock's already being pressured by some arts advocates to take another look at the recent merger of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Division of Theatres & Arenas into Arts & Venues ... More >>
Despite the fact that there is no known shortage of awesome writers, authors and poets in this town, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs' One Book, One Denver program has a long history of coming up with arbitrary treacle that has nothing to do with Denver for the three selections it nomina ... More >>
In cash-strapped times, governments have to think creatively -- and it was the budget crunch that led to the idea of merging the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs with the Division of Theatres and Arenas, itself a subset of the Department of General Services. That marriage becomes official to ... More >>
A little over four years ago, Frank Bingham's entire family was killed at the corner of 15th and Arapahoe streets downtown when he, his wife and two children were struck by a drunk driver while crossing the street. Only Bingham survived. At the time, Bingham was the director of the University ... More >>
In the quiet hour of 4 o'clock this morning, the Ladies Fancywork Society struck again. The organization, devoted to epic works of guerrilla knitting, brought to completion what is arguably its biggest project yet (or at least since it knitted leg-warmers onto Borofsky's "Dancers"): knitting ... More >>
Denverites love the arts -- but the arts didn't officially become a part of the city structure until "1 percent for the arts," a program established under Mayor Federico Peña that earmarked one percent of any city construction project for art works. Even as that project grew, so did the str ... More >>
While this year's line-up for the the 8th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival is still being solidified and won't be announced until April, we do know legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller will headlines this year's fest, which is Saturday, May 21 at venues along Welton Street in historic Five Poin ... More >>
The pianos have been silenced -- for now -- and the NewsCube was closed after just a few weeks of operation. But there are still signs of life popping up on the 16th Street Mall, including the skating rink that will open in Skyline Park after Thanksgiving and a second installment of the YesP ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.While officially anointed (by GOP boss Dick Wadhams) luckiest-guy-in-the-world John Hickenlooper is running for governor, did you know he's still Denver's mayor? Well, he is -- and AM 760 host David Sirota thinks these two roles came into conflict earlier this week in regard ... More >>
The view from Civic Center on July 3.This summer the Biennial of the Americas has made Civic Center Park the epicenter of, if not the world, at least the Western Hemisphere. And now the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs wants your snap judgments of the action there.
This book will not help you understand DenverIf you haven't yet voted for your choice for the next round of One Book, One Denver, then start panicking. Today is the last day to help choose the book that Mayor John Hickenlooper will command everybody to read this fall, in order that we may be ... More >>
click image to enlarge The tiara-topped, oversized red guitar sitting on the new Westwood welcome sign seems to have magically appeared out of nowhere last weekend, but it has actually been over ten years in the making. The newly landscaped corner lot where Morrison Road meets South Sherida ... More >>
Here's the great thing about a book. Once you have it in your hands, it never goes offline. The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs hasn't been so lucky with the web site where the city's residents are invited to help choose the next One Book, One Denver selection. Voting allegedly started on June 1 ... More >>
Verse came to worse last night at the Central Library, where close to a hundred people gathered for last night's Fresh City Life poetry reading inspired by "Mustang," Luis Jimenez's blue horse sculpture out at Denver International Airport. We were in the depths of the basement, but spirits soared as ... More >>
Before we were panicked about swine flu and twisted by torture-memo leaks, we were terrified by the Devil Horse, Luis Jimenez's killer sculpture that stands guard outside Denver International Airport, its red eyes shooting deadly lasers at unsuspecting passersby. Or are those glowing orbs actually i ... More >>
Doors Open Denver keeps growing.
They say that tomorrow is always a new day -- and if you're struggling artist or cultural nonprofit in Denver, here's a way to try to make it brighter: You still have time to register for tomorrow's fourth annual Create Denver Expo, hosted by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. A full day of work ... More >>
City officials announced a new program yesterday that will encourage artists to paint murals on walls across the city as a way to fight graffiti vandalism. Erin Trapp of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs told members of the city council that $50,000 has been put into something they have dubbed ... More >>
Fresh from shmoozing with Barack Obama, John Hickenlooper will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House tonight, presenting the 2008 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts to Charles Burrell, the Denver Young Artists, Su Teatro and the Bloomsbury Review, as well as a Mayor's Cultural Legacy Award to ... More >>
Red alert. As promised, Mayor John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget for FY 2009 includes "increased funding for graffiti prevention and coordination efforts." The suggested $250,000 line item is just a pittance in comparison to the $914 million total, but it could have a big impact on efforts to c ... More >>
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Rudi Cerri, the public-art administrator for the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, has organized a series of art shows over the past year at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The latest is Heart Land, which features a dozen large-scale pastel drawings by Chandler ... More >>
Last year, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Denver County Cultural Council hired Artspace Projects, Inc. to conduct an online survey meant to assess the need for space among those in the creative fields, including the visual arts. The survey results, released at a town hall meeting at t ... More >>
With our Wild West tradition, it’s not surprising that horses play such a big role in the public art around here, an interest that underscores our worldwide image long ago established by old Hollywood Westerns. But surprisingly, this local taste for art about horses is not limited to historic piec ... More >>
Mayor John Hickenlooper and Erin Trapp, director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs will announce today -- from New York, no less -- that Denver will host a biennial art extravaganza beginning in 2010. (The pair is in the Big Apple for a confab of the tourist press.) The idea, which has been k ... More >>
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