Colorado Creatives

Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Evan Mann

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

I would lose my drive, probably. The struggle would be gone, as well as the risk of art-making. Damien Hirst says it is very difficult to make art without financial limitations. Limitations, financial or otherwise, keep us tethered to the reality of being human. Unlimited funds would taint my perspective and cause me to lose the vital ingredient of any art-maker: empathy. 

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

I think Denver is doing a great job to support the arts. We have awesome places like RedLine and Ironton Studios. We have the MCA, DAM and the Still museum. We have Wonderbound and the Colorado Ballet, heaps of galleries and a better live music scene than Austin (according to a conversation I had with Governor Hickenlooper). The system seems to be working well. What is Denver but the individuals who make up Denver? The people of Denver are making it happen; I am so thankful to live here.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

I am going to go for an under-appreciated strong arm in our community. She is the executive eirector of RedLine and has laid down her life on the behalf of the Colorado Creative community. Her name is Louise Martorano.

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