Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Adam Lerner

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What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

Cheese. I know it is a long, sacred tradition, but I hope to never see another rubbery piece of cheese served at an art opening.

What's your day job?

I don't have a day job. Wait, I only have a day job. Whichever it is, I run a museum.   A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

First, I would buy a small Alexander Calder mobile, which I've always wanted. Then, I would realize my plan for a massive art parade down 15th Street in Denver, a contemporary art version of Mardi Gras, where art students would work throughout the year creating spectacular floats, indie composers would compose music for high school marching bands, and performance artists would develop mile-long performance pieces. Then, downtown Denver hotels would be filled a year in advance with international artists coming to town to be a part of the annual event.   What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Most importantly, make rents low enough in urban neighborhoods for artists to afford to live and work there. The only real way to ensure low rents is to increase crime, but I'm not sure if that's viable in this political climate. May have to just provide subsidized housing.

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