After Hours

If you tried to count the number of artists who also have day jobs, it'd be like counting stars in the sky. Within the governmental agencies of Denver and Colorado, there's a similar microcosm, and that's the whole reason for the annual On My Own Time art exhibitions curated through the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. It's one of CBCA's signature programs, based on the idea that employees deserve recognition for their creativity outside the workplace, simply because of what it brings back to the office: "The arts develop integral skills for today's workforce: critical and divergent thinking, problem-solving, flexibility and rigor," says CBCA director Deborah Jordy. "Employees with these skills give their agencies a competitive edge." The first of three exhibitions, this one showcasing works from Arts & Venues Denver staffers, opens today in the atrium of the Wellington Webb Building, 201 West Colfax Avenue, opens today for a ten-day-run; two more shows will follow in the coming days.

See what's cooking after-hours among the Arts & Venues set at the Webb Building through October 10; the second show, featuring State of Colorado and Creative Industries employees, opens October 5 and continues through October 27 at the Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive, and the third, culled from workers at Colorado's General Services Administration, is from October 15 through 26 at the Denver Federal Center, Building 41, West Sixth Avenue and Kipling Street. A panel of arts professionals will judge each show, and winning artworks go on display in December at the State Capitol Building.

Admission to all the preliminary shows is free; for more information, go to

Oct. 2-27, 2012
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