Colorado Creatives

­Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Danette Montoya

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

I would like to "evolve" the negative perception of Denver as a "cow town" that doesn't know anything about art or have artists worthy of collecting. I call it a trend because I feel like I hear it a lot, and it is a bit contrived. Through my work at GroundSwell Gallery, I've had the opportunity to be around so many inspiring artists working really hard to put Denver on the map. We need to celebrate that and encourage them to keep up the good work. If we don't support our local arts community, how will we ever build our own unique scene that we can call our own?

­What's your day job?

I work part-time at the Denver Art Museum in membership and guest services. My other daily work involves GroundSwell Gallery and Tinkerbirds, my art-by-craft business.

­A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

That's a big question. I would of course continue building my creative arts business, but if I knew I had unlimited monetary support, I would definitely need to bring something to the community. I would start an artist­-initiated and -directed foundation that could bring projects, exhibitions, education and intelligent discourse to Denver. It would create vital conversation about how the arts are evolving outside of the gallery and the art market. It would especially focus on the arts and other disciplines, how they interrelate, as well as the importance of visual dialogue in our lives. I also think it would be great to help artists receive more small business training that they often don't get in school that could help them build their careers.

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