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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Creativity Blooms in Crested Butte

The Crested Butte Creative District is one of the most imaginative square miles in Colorado. While its challenges aren't odd for a ski town, local support for the arts is at a higher level.

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Flipping Denver's Brownfields: Changing the Legacy of Urban Land

All over Denver, former industrial sites are upending histories of pollution. Cleaning up and redeveloping these properties, better known as brownfields, offers the route to a denser, stronger city.

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From Coal to Creativity: Carbondale Looks to Blaze its Own Trail

This picture-perfect small town on Colorado's Western Slope has inspired artists for decades. Now local leaders aim to weave creativity into every aspect of Carbondale's economy and culture.

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Creative Energy Charging Forward in Downtown Fort Collins

The Downtown Fort Collins Creative District encompasses one of the most vibrant city centers in the state. How can local leaders and arts advocates best harness the energy for future artists and creatives as this Northern Colorado city of 160,000 rapidly grows?

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What If All of Denver's Bikers and Walkers Banded Together? They Have, and They Want Safer Streets.

Denver's funding for walking and biking infrastructure is meager compared to the budgets of peer cities. The Denver Streets Partnership is looking to shift the paradigm, with a big target of $800 million.

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Ruby Hill's Big Chance: It Could Be Denver's Next Music Hub -- If Promising Pieces Come Together

Ruby Hill has some interesting ingredients to emerge as an unexpected hub for Denver music: Levitt Pavilion Denver opens in July, the city rezoned Colorado Public Radio's land atop the hill and a big music festival at adjacent Overland Golf Course is moving forward. Could the city leverage these developments into a greater whole?

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The Curious Evolution of the RiNo Art District

Denver's RiNo Art District is in the midst of one of the biggest construction booms the city has ever seen. How will local leaders preserve its creative roots as quirky and industrial morphs into chic and mixed-use?

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A Crossroads for the Art District on Santa Fe

Over the last decade and a half, Denver's Art District on Santa Fe has emerged as a national standout. How can it build on its past successes without diminishing what made it special in the first place?

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Editor's Note: A New Chapter

The outgoing editor of Confluence Denver, Eric Peterson takes stock in the last four years and welcomes a new editor to the publication.

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In Westwood, Staking a Claim for Identity Through Art. Can It Survive the Changes to Come?

Looking to balance history and culture with development, leaders in Denver's Westwood neighborhood have given artists a seat at the decision-making table.

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Community Land Trusts: Permanently Affordable Housing

Community land trusts offer a model for affordable housing that's economically sustainable in the long term. As a vision for Globeville/Elyria-Swansea takes shape, time is of the essence in increasingly pricey Denver.

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 8: Population & Demographics

This is the eighth installment of Denver by the Data, a quasi-monthly, data-driven belly flop into different topics of importance, inevitability and infamy to the city. For the first edition of 2017, we're delving into the city's ever-growing population and ever-changing demographics.

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Mercado Lineal Takes Shape in Westwood

West Denver's Morrison Road is diagonal, urban and culturally colorful. As leaders push to reinvent it as a destination instead of a shortcut, what's next for one of the city's most interesting streets?

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A New Era Dawns on the Green Mile

South Broadway's rise began with infrastructure and marijuana. Now it's hit a new phase that is once again reshaping the stretch.

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Editor's Note: Bring on 2017

In the final weeks of 2016, the editor of Confluence Denver reflects on the year that was and the year to come. Did you know 2017 was a prime number?

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River Vision Realized

The multi-year project to improve parks and habitat on the South Platte River is hitting its final weeks. The upgraded parks on the south side of Denver are matched by ambitious projects in the works for Confluence Park, RiNo, and Globeville.

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AIA Awards Spark Conversation about Design in Denver

At a time when it's all the rage to deride design in Denver, AIA Colorado's 2016 Design & Honor Awards showcase a wide range of compelling architecture in the city.

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Birds, Books & Pies: Rocky Mountain Land Library Expands to Denver

The Rocky Mountain Land Library aims to connect people with natural history from headwaters to plains. A third location at the onetime Puritan Pie Company in Curtis Park offers an urban bookend to its Buffalo Peaks Ranch in South Park.


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After Party on the Bridge Returns for Fourth Year

The annual follow-up to the Gala on the Bridge offers a case study in philanthropic outreach to a younger demographic. The 2016 event takes place on Sept. 16.

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EcoDistricts Summit to Explore Sustainability on a Neighborhood Scale

The EcoDistricts Summit comes to Denver Sept. 13-15. The event has a natural local tie-in with Sun Valley, where EcoDistricts' urban regeneration concept has moved off of the drawing board.

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Urban Bison: The Comeback of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Continues

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for more than 300 species of animals. It's an emerging model for restoration of the plains and in the process of getting much more connected to Denver.

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Prototyping Festival Hacks the 16th Street Mall

The first-of-its-kind event strives to re-imagine one of Denver's most iconic public spaces as a gathering place for a growing and changing city.

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 7: Water

Denver by the Data is a quasi-monthly, data-driven belly flop into different topics of importance, inevitability and infamy to the city. We're diving into the city's water statistics this week.

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Rail and Reinvention: Catalyzing Transit-Oriented Development in Denver

What defines good transit-oriented development? What catalyzes it? With the A Line to DIA now running, 2016 is the year that marks the end of the beginning for TOD in Denver, and the conversation is as vital as it ever will be.

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Colorado's Creative Districts: A Series of Special Reports

Confluence Denver kicks off a new series of profiles of Colorado Creative Industries' Certified Creative Districts, arts-centric, entrepreneurial neighborhoods all over the state. There are currently 18 such districts from Greeley to Telluride.

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Denver by the Data, Vol. 6: Marijuana

This is the sixth installment of Denver by the Data, a quasi-monthly, data-driven belly flop into different topics of importance, inevitability and infamy to the city. We're looking at the booming marijuana industry this week.

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Treasury Secretary Lew Tours Denver's Knotty Tie

During a day in Denver, United States Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew visited Denver startup Knotty Tie last week and talked shop with the company's employees.

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Noble Rot: Denver's Composting Moves Forward

Denver's curbside compost collection program is expanding from four routes to seven in 2016, but only a fraction of residents' organic waste is currently composted.

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In Search of Density, Denver Developers Look to Backyards and Alleys

The construction of new carriage houses -- also known as alley flats, granny flats or accessory dwelling units -- was banned in Denver for more than 50 years. The city lifted the prohibition five years ago, but the promise of densification has not yet been realized.

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Gates to the City: The Bright Future of Denver's Former Industrial Core

The area around the recently demolished Gates Rubber plant is ablaze with development, but there's still a notable hole in the city in the middle of it all. A new plan for the site is beginning to emerge.

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New Owners Looking to Reinvent Kitty's South: Is 1917 Theater Endangered?

The historic Webber Theater, better known as Kitty's South, has sat empty on South Broadway for close to a decade. New owners have a vision of an "epicurean" hub, but Baker business owners are concerned for its future.


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Top 10 Hauntings in Denver

The paranormally faithful say there's a sizable population of poltergeists, apparitions, demons, ghosts and spirits in Denver. Here are 10 of the places they're allegedly most actively haunting.

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Behind the Screams: One Night at The 13th Floor

The 13th Floor in Denver is one of the top-ranked haunted attractions in the U.S. We took a look backstage to see how horror is made.

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Through the Lookingglass: Wonderland in Denver

As Lookingglass Alice reminds, Alice in Wonderland conjures the creative, kooky kid in all of us. The city can always use a little more of that.

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Top 10 Entrepreneurs in Denver History

For the 2015 edition of Denver Startup Week, Confluence Denver highlights 10 of the city's greatest entrepreneurs of all time, from rubber barons to tech gurus.

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GABF as Catalyst: Full Calendar Surrounds Country's Biggest Beer Fest

A whole universe of beer events has sprung from Denver's annual extravaganza of hops and yeast and foam, the Great American Beer Festival. There's more going on this year than ever, and that makes for a bigger economic impact on the city and some tough decisions for beer lovers.

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One Day on the Denver Light Rail

Confluence Denver's intrepid editor took it upon himself to ride the city's entire light rail network in one day. Here's what he saw, from growing nodes to needed connections.

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Pop Quiz: Six Denver Entertainment Oddities and Obscurities

Okay, I did the research. Here are a half-dozen of the city's most significant and strangest claims to fame on stage, page and silver screen.

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PalletFest Upcycles Denver

The second annual PalletFest comes to Sculpture Park Aug. 29-30. Organizer Kenny Fischer says he hopes to educate and inspire Denver residents to upcycle.
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