George Sparks on the Denver Arts Scene, the DMNS and Building for the Future

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Denver has more than one winning team: The Denver Broncos may be the national champs, but this city’s artists and arts organizations keep scoring with audiences not just in Colorado, but around the world. And while the football season is over, the 2016 arts season is just beginning, so we’ve checked in with some of the scene’s stars to see what they’ll be watching — and watching for — this year.

Next up: George Sparks, president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

What are three things any newcomer to Denver should know about the arts scene?

George Sparks: (1) In Denver, we box way above our weight class when it comes to art, culture and science. Denver has many top-five nationally ranked institutions. (2) Denver-area residents attend more arts events per capita than any other city. (3) Much of #1 and #2 are due to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)!

What developments on the arts scene are you excited about this year?

(1) SCFD renewal election; (2) Robot Revolution and Chocolate: The Exhibition at our museum. (3) Star Wars at the Denver Art Museum.

Who/what are the artists/arts organizations to watch this year?

MCA, as always!

What’s exciting at your own organization/institution?

New strategic plan focused on people we serve today and those we should serve in the future. Make the building friendlier while also taking our content into the community through “outposts” and community programs.

How are you working to grow your audience?

More inclusive partnerships and programs across all community groups; become easier to do business with in every way, especially for new visitors.
Now find out more about the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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