Arts and Culture

Denver arts: Twelve people to watch in 2014

People power the arts scene in Denver. Not money or business connections or bending to public demand, but creative people who have the courage to make things happen in their own imaginative ways. As the new year started, we went on a search for people to watch in 2014, and found that Denver and the Front Range have creative people to spare. Somehow, we managed to narrow our list to twelve names; read on to learn more.

See also: Fifteen arts flashbacks from 2013

Adam Milner

Adam Milner's name is becoming commonplace in the local art world, partially because people seem curious about what this whiz kid will do next. Part of a wave of young artists not content to stick with one medium, Milner's got his finger on the pulse of what's next, dealing with murky issues of human relationships in a century when everything moves faster and people are inventing and reinventing themselves on the Internet just as quickly, in full sight of everyone else. He crowned 2013 with Wave so I know you're real, a solo at Emmanuel Gallery that included a 24-hour performance in which he talked continuously to whomever would listen. Yes, he's the real deal in 2014.

Anthony Garcia Sr.

Anthony Garcia Sr. is the wheel who turns the BirdSeed Collective, a small-scale community agency with big ideals. Originally formed to provide arts outreach to underserved youth at Street Kidz Inc. in the Globeville area, while providing resume-building opportunities for local artists, BirdSeed is expanding its reach and Garcia spent a good part of 2013 throwing fundraisers, including last September's Fashion Smash show. He also found time to create one of two murals in Globeville, the neighborhood where he grew up, on the walls of the I-70 underpass at 46th Avenue and Lincoln Street, a project that invited the community to come and lend a hand. Garcia is a hands-on visionary who works from the roots up; we're excited to see what he envisions for 2014.

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