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Erin Trapp to head Biennial of the Americas in artful move

7 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
If at first you don't succeed, tri, tri again. The first Biennial of the Americas was a very ambitious, very confused celebration that brought international stars to Denver in July 2010. So confused, in fact, that when the time came for a second biennial, the event was pushed back to...
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Graffiti prevention makes the city budget...for now

11 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
Red alert. As promised, Mayor John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget for FY 2009 includes "increased funding for graffiti prevention and coordination efforts." The suggested $250,000 line item is just a pittance in comparison to the $914 million total, but it could have a big impact on efforts to channel urban artists’...
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Biennial of the America's Opening Night Street Party at the Pavilion Tomorrow

4 years ago by Susan Froyd
Denver's third Biennial of the Americas celebration is big and bright and filled with activities and exhibits exploring the hemispheric crossover of art, politics and economic trends in the Americas in the here and now. The hardest thing about navigating your boat through this busy sea is knowing where to...
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Wake-Up Call: Pony up for the Arts

11 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
Fresh from shmoozing with Barack Obama, John Hickenlooper will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House tonight, presenting the 2008 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts to Charles Burrell, the Denver Young Artists, Su Teatro and the Bloomsbury Review, as well as a Mayor's Cultural Legacy Award to Noel...
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East Meets West: Leon Gallery Crowdfunds to Bring a Persian-American Perspective to the Biennial Conversation

4 years ago by Susan Froyd
A conversation with Persian-American Safa Samiezadé-Yazd — a local artist who’s worked on a national level for Aslan Media and Boomgen Studios — first opened Eric Dallimore’s eyes to the unique position of her culture-straddling compatriots in America: Iranian-American artists struggle not only with their mixed cultural identity, but also...
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Kenny Be's Sign Language: You're invited to a gigantic guitar art party in Westwood

10 years ago by Kenny Be
The tiara-topped, oversized red guitar sitting on the new Westwood welcome sign seems to have magically appeared out of nowhere last weekend, but it has actually been over ten years in the making. The newly landscaped corner lot where Morrison Road meets South Sheridan Blvd. was originally part and parcel...
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Reader: Arts & Venues merger diminishes Denver's arts efforts in name of efficiency

8 years ago by Michael Roberts
In a recent post, Patricia Calhoun weighed in on critics of Arts & Venues, which merged Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Division of Theatres & Arenas. Taking issue is Anthony Radich, second chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs and executive director of the Western States Arts...
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Arts & Venues Denver merger not a hit with critics

8 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
Michael Hancock hasn't yet taken office as mayor of Denver. That's on tap for later today. But Hancock's already being pressured by some arts advocates to take another look at the recent merger of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Division of Theatres & Arenas into Arts &...
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Denver Biennial of the Americas

11 years ago by Michael Paglia
Since he became mayor, John Hickenlooper has followed an ambitious program aimed at changing — literally, at times — the cultural underpinnings of the city. The latest idea is the Denver Biennial of the Americas, slated for the summer of 2010. And while the staff at the Denver Office of...
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Dialog:Denver at Robischon Gallery

11 years ago by Michael Paglia
The one thing about Denver that I really can't stand is the relentless lack of support for local artists among the entities that could make a difference. Not only does this wrongheaded approach cheat the artists, but it shortchanges the city, too. The latest affront is Dialog:City, which is being...

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