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One tough question for arts nonprofits: Why aren't boards more diverse?

The boards of Denver's arts and culture nonprofits sometimes don't match their audiences. That often proves a stumbling block to equity and inclusion.

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A Vision for Westwood

Re:Vision got started in southwest Denver's Westwood neighborhood with urban agriculture initiatives aimed at quenching one of the city's driest food deserts. Now the nonprofit has moved into creative placemaking to plant the seeds for an art district.

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Space to Create Paonia: A small town bets big on creatives

The Western Slope municipality edged out its neighbors to win Colorado's backing for affordable housing for artists and other creatives. Can it build a sustainable economic model for rural areas across the state?

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Here Comes The Sun: How a Cryptocurrency Company Plans to Save Local Journalism

By Labor Day, Denver’s latest online newspaper will be live, thanks in large part to funding from a blockchain company with its own cryptocurrency. With start-up costs covered, one big question remains: Will Coloradans rise to the challenge of supporting The Colorado Sun’s ad-free, independent journalism?

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'Vulnerable' Coloradans demand affordable recreation

Despite elected officials’ best intentions, sometimes change only happens when activated citizens step up.

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At IdeaLab, making art, losing the fear

More than 40 youths showed up for the recent IdeaLab at Denver's Youth on Record. They got real-world advice on art-making, hands-on instruction, and a chance to show off what they learned.

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Colorado's ambitious Space to Create experiment stakes its claim in Trinidad

The project, which broke ground this week, will bring 41 affordable rental units for creatives to the city. It's a testing ground for a program that will spread across the state.

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Turning young people into artists, for an afternoon or for a lifetime

Youth on Record gives teens access to the coaching and equipment they need to make music and other kinds of art and helps them explore the possibilities of creative careers. It's the setting for the next IdeaLab, a youth-only event scheduled for June 13.

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Healthy Kids: School food is changing, and Colorado is setting the pace

More Colorado students are eating fresh, whole foods at school thanks to a team of chefs on a mission.

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Reinventing the Art Museum: Everything You Need to Know About Meow Wolf's Big Move to Denver

When a group of Santa Fe artists couldn’t find a gallery to exhibit their offbeat body of work, they built one. The exhibition was a howling success — and now it’s slinking into Denver, prompting development in one of the city’s rare untapped neighborhoods. 

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Art Now: 7,000 Reasons Wants to Paint Your Portrait

Denver artists Jonathan Saiz and Wes Magyar have big plans to paint thousands of portraits. They're doing it in public for the next month.

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IdeaLab Report: Firing Up the Community, Finding Ways to Protect Cultural Identity as Denver Evolves

IdeaLab was meant to generate ideas for a new community center in Westwood, but it was also a chance for a neighborhood to remind itself who it is and how it might shape its future.

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Imagining a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Approach to Arts and Culture in Denver

The city's IMAGINE 2020 cultural plan envisions a more inclusive and equitable Denver. Local leaders are taking the mission to heart as the plan advances from drawing board to the city's neighborhoods.

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The Arts in Society Grants: Giving To Those Who Give Back

 Twenty-two artists and organizations split $480,000 in grants this year.

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How a big corporation like Comcast can connect to the community

Denver Housing Authority and Comcast team up to provide high-speed internet connections and community relationship connections to low-income tenants… turning public housing units into places people can call truly home.  

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Farmers market season means access to better, and sometimes free, food for hungry Coloradans

In Denver and across Colorado, socially-astute farmers markets want to lure a more diverse crowd with live entertainment, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and Spanish interpreters — and by accepting LiveWell Colorado's Double Up Food Bucks program.

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What has Eight Tentacles and Wants Denver Residents to "Heart" Local Art?

A: The Octopus Initiative, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's unique, new lending library.

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The Big Picture: Denver's Urban Arts Fund Fights Graffiti with a Diverse Army of Skilled Muralists

In its 10th year, Denver Arts & Venues' Urban Arts Fund has gotten bigger, better and more diverse. The program has paid artists to create hundreds of murals across the city, and the investment creates a ripple effect.

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Western Vision: Mancos Weaves Heritage and Innovation

In southwestern Colorado, the Mancos Creative District aims to reinvent its small town's economy by balancing regional traditions with outside-of-the-box thinking.

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How Clean Energy Could Become the New Standard in Affordable Housing

With the launch of its Community Solar Program in December, Denver Housing Authority became the first housing authority in the nation to develop, own, and operate its own solar garden.  


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Photo Essay: The New Kirkland, a Major Addition to Denver's Museum Landscape

The compact Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art moves to an expansive new space in the Golden Triangle, transforming itself into a cultural powerhouse.

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Save the Date! IdeaLab: Re:Vision 2018, April 17 at RISE Westwood

Interested in understanding how art can be a catalyst for placemaking and community development?  Join us.

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Wham! Ka-Pow! In the Pop Culture Classroom, Knowledge is the Greatest Super Power of All

Denver Comic Con isn’t just a convention for fanboys and girls — it’s also the economic engine driving some of the most imaginative educational programming in town.  

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Denver demands more affordable living units, but will they be the kind that keep families downtown?

Developers and architects are concerned that the new rules are window-dressing that could lead to non-diverse neighborhoods and inferior design.

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Beyond Basic Shelter: An Inside Look at How DHA Is Teaching Digital Readiness

Denver Housing Authority’s low-income tenants have a unique opportunity to develop their tech skills when they attend free digital literary classes.

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Creative Industries Riding High in Steamboat Springs

The consummate ski town is also a hotbed of creativity. The newly established Steamboat Springs Creative District is catalyzing collaboration and opening a dialogue about the importance of the arts.

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Picturesque Colorado scenery can paint a misleading picture about wellness

Instead of hiking, biking and skiing, many Coloradans struggle to simply stroll through their neighborhoods or put healthy food on the table.

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Meet Tara Chloe: How Comcast and DHA Are Closing the Connectivity Gap

Thousands of Denverites benefit from an unexpected partnership delivering high-speed Internet to low-income tenants who can’t afford market-rate pricing. Here’s how the “Internet Essentials” program changed one family’s life.   

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Catalyst's Ambitious Plan to Spark Innovation in Colorado's Healthcare Industry

Catalyst HTI is rapidly approaching its ribbon-cutting ceremony this spring in RiNo. Founder and President Mike Biselli explains how bringing scores of top healthcare businesses under one roof might make them all stronger.

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7 Things That Will Make Denver More Fun in 2018

A quick list of new restaurants, exhibitions and places to just hang out that promise to light up life in Mile High City in the coming year.

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The Latino Community Foundation Helps Communities Thrive By Encouraging Constituents to “Act Local”

Here’s how one local foundation helps ensure community-based nonprofit work remains sustainable and relevant.

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Yes, This Is Public Housing: How Denver Housing Authority Is Mixing It Up — and Making Better Homes

Forget everything you thought you knew about low-income housing. In DHA’s redevelopments, modern design elements straight out of Dwell magazine harbor sleek, mixed-income villages, resulting in public housing that’s affordable and forward-thinking.

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Hyperlocal with a Human Touch: How Denverite Is Remaking Daily News

During a challenging era for the news business, Denverite is offering a different take on daily local journalism. Reporting comes first, but there's room for humor and a point of view, too.


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Creativity Abrew in Manitou Springs

At the foot of Pikes Peak, the Manitou Springs Creative District is building on one of Colorado's original arts economies. The key concepts: authenticity, collaboration and connectivity.

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Eye Candy: The Best Denver Building Designs of 2017

The annual Mayor’s Design Awards emphasize the positive side of the city's widespread gentrification.

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Denver-Based Lingerie Company Has Big Plans for Small Busts

Pepper co-founders Jaclyn Fu and Lia Winograd believe their products for small-breasted women could be a $4 billion industry. The company's bra concept is up for  $180,000 dollars at the WeWork Creator Awards in New York City.

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The Boutique Boom: A New Crop of Hotels, Specializing in Personality, Welcome Denver Visitors

Across Denver's developing neighborhoods, boutique hotels, like the Born, Maven and Halcyon, are redefining the hospitality industry and filling a niche in a wide-ranging construction boom that is bringing dozens of new hotels and thousands of guest rooms to the city. They aim to lure travelers and entertain locals at the same time.

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26 and Counting: For Denver, Adding International Flight Destinations Is Crucial to Growth

The city of Denver leans heavily on its international airport when building a brand in an increasingly global economy. From Cozumel and Calgary to London, Paris, Panama City, and Zurich, travelers departing from DIA will have direct access 26 international destinations by 2018.  

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In Westwood, Art Ascends and Transcends

In southwest Denver, Morrison Road is the spine of the newly certified Westwood Creative District. The neighborhood's Mexican-American heritage is shaping an organic approach to placemaking and revitalization.

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Changing Denver Podcast: Entrepreneur Jane West Is Working to Become the New Face of Cannabis

Jane West, a well-to-do mother of two, explains her new line of bongs and talks about how she became one of the best-known marijuana entrepreneurs in Colorado. 

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Shuffling the Shuttle: Could This Be the Dawn of a New Era for Denver’s Iconic Main Street?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well unfortunately the 16th Street Mall is broken — mostly in ways we pedestrians can’t see. But if you’re worried about how many tax dollars a redesign might cost, relax: The city is already spending a bundle on annual mall maintenance and repair.  

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Capturing Talent: How Companies Are Keeping Up with a Changing Workforce

Employees nationwide are demanding more than just a good paycheck. How are Denver-area human resources departments adjusting to the evolving labor landscape?

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A Look Back at Our Interview with Public Art Giant Lawrence Argent

The Denver-based sculptor and educator died after complications from surgery this month. We're reposting this recent interview as a tribute to his talent, and his lasting impact on Denver. 

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Drones in Denver: It's Still the Wild West

Despite what you see flying overhead, drones are off-limits in Denver's parks. Currently, the city's public safety agencies are exploring ways to use the unmanned aircraft in their work, while economic development officials are looking at business and environmental applications.

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In Breckenridge, Elevating Art with History and Tourism in Mind

The mountain town has expanded its cultural offerings to international levels. Next, Breckenridge wants to use art to get the community talking about what it's like to live in an environment that is both beautiful and challenging.


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Confluence Speaker Series - The Future of Work: Quality of Living and Working in Denver in 2018

Join us for a guided dialogue regarding the challenges and opportunities of working in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

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Denver Startup Week 2017 reports record attendance

The annual event is breaking its own top tally from 2016.

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At Sakura Square: Wariness Over Changes to Historic Home for Denver's Japanese Community

With a noted development team and world-famous architect at the ready, a proposed overhaul is in the works for the site of Denver's annual Cherry Blossom Festival. But will a revitalization of this Japanese-American block in Denver bring new life to Sakura Square, while preserving its deep history and mission?

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Denver Hits an Affordable Housing Goal, But Still Has a Journey Ahead

The city plans to announce a new strategy Sept. 19 to help residents challenged by high rents.
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