Up next: Brian Vogt, chief executive officer of the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Westword: What are three things any newcomer to Denver should know about the arts scene?
Brian Vogt: (1) It’s more diverse and dynamic than many would suspect: Local, regional, national and global artists are all celebrated here. (2) The entire region, prairie to mountains, is teeming with creative exhibits and productions. (3) The metro Denver region does not play second fiddle to any major American market.
What developments on the arts scene are you excited about this year?
Collaborations will yield some very interesting opportunities. More institutions than ever are addressing environmental and socially responsible topics.
Who/what are the artists/arts organizations to watch this year?
The Black Cube Nomadic Museum, Museo de las Americas and RedLine.
What’s exciting at your own organization/institution?
Wonderful collection of masterworks from the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: Moore, Nogouchi, Segal, Nevelson et al. Also, a great exhibit by Viviane Le Courtois.
How are you working to grow your audience?
It touches every element of what we do, all aimed at reducing barriers and creating relevance. The most recent new step will be free shuttles from regional community centers throughout the year. Find out more about the Denver Botanic Gardens here.