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Teenage Artland: Denver Creative Community Hones Youth Programs

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver models an inclusive and cool approach to engaging young creatives, as other arts organizations in the city follow its lead.

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A Seat at the Table

Tariana Navas-Nieves of Denver Arts & Venues leads a new effort to build a more inclusive Denver for artists. To begin? Ask lots of questions.

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Arts and Activism Converge in New Political Era

In a charged political moment, Denver's arts community is wary but energized. What's next for the "artivists" who live and work here?

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Counterculture Rising in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is known for a conservative bent, but, for every action, there's an equally strong reaction. This phenomenon is on full display in the Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District.

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Artists on Art: Denver Creatives Discuss the Local Scene

Five prominent local creatives share their thoughts on standout visual art, urban change in Denver and the evolving meaning of art in the years ahead.

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Music, Art, Community: Longmont's Creative Vision

The Downtown Longmont Creative District has become the centerpiece of a thriving community of artists and musicians as the city distinguishes itself from nearby Boulder.

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North Fork Valley Fertile Ground for Creatives

On Colorado's Western Slope, the North Fork Valley Creative District spans the towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. It's a place that defies easy categorization, and its quirks are helping drive the local economy.

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The Arts Mean Business: CBCA Study Shows Big Economic Impact

The Colorado Business Committee on the Arts 2016 report showed a sizable creative economy on the upswing in Denver. The numbers are impressive, but they don't tell the whole story.

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Americas Latino Eco Festival: Celebrating the Next Generation of Climate Activists

Now in its fourth year, Americas Latino Eco Festival celebrates and empowers leaders of the Latino climate movement, which has flourished outside of the mainstream for decades. 

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Ranching Hub Ridgway Reaps Rewards of Creative Virtuous Circle

In southwestern Colorado, Ridgway is a small town with a laser focus on the arts. With a critical mass of creative residents, years of hard work are paying off.

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Welcome to the Northside: New Web Series Tackles Gentrification in Denver

A new video series from poet Bobby LeFebre and filmmakers Alan Dominguez and Manuel Aragon aims to start a conversation about change in north Denver.

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Creative Placemaking Reminds Denver: P.S. You Are Here

The 2016 iteration of Denver Arts & Venues' P.S. You Are Here program will award $70,000 to projects that create and connect.

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Soul of Telluride: The Arts Fuel Change (Again)

Starting in the 1970s, Telluride used the arts to springboard from ghost town to tourism mecca. Now in "a moment of post-gentrification," local leaders see the opportunity to further leverage the town's creative assets.

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Time to Float Ideas for Art Tank 2017

Proposals are due to the three-year-old program that administers one of Colorado's largest pools of arts funding on Nov. 2.

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In Greeley, Creative Economy Defies Expectations

The burgeoning arts community dispels preconceived notions about the agricultural and meatpacking hub, but local creatives also embrace the city's authentic Western roots.

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Prodigy Coffeehouse Opening Doors of Opportunity

The new social venture in Elyria-Swansea strives to not only serve a mean cup of joe, but to  deliver transferable job skills to its employees.

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An Exercise in Empathy

At its recent "Our House" event, the Denver Public Library invited the public to learn -- and to care -- about homelessness.

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Salida: Whitewater of Creativity

Local arts leaders look to balance the river-rafting hub's lifestyle, natural beauty and other lures to newcomers with the rising cost of living and other consequences of rapid growth.

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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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Reinventing "Steel City" in Pueblo

Two years after the Pueblo Creative Corridor was certified as one of Colorado's official Creative Districts, the city's innovative and imaginative blueprint for a creative economy is reaping early rewards.

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The Artist's Way: Making Denver a Better Place for Creatives

In growing, changing Denver, what do creative people need to make art -- and make a living? Confluence talked to the city's artists and got a wide range of answers to these critical questions.

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Confluence Q&A: Teow Lim Goh, Poet and "Islanders" Author

Local poet Teow Lim Goh explores immigration history and women's voices in Islanders, her new book from Conundrum Press. Confluence talked to her about poetry, her process and the modern parallels to the stories behind her work.

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The Heart of the Arts in Trinidad

Can inexpensive and quirky Trinidad, 200 miles south of Denver, attract a new wave of Colorado creatives? The state, and a growing community of artists, say yes.

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Confluence Q&A: Alan Gass of AGGA Architecture and Urban Design

On the eve of the 2016 edition of Doors Open Denver, architect Alan Golin Gass hopes intelligence, not fashion, drives change in the city's built environment.

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Emerging Leaders of Color Connecting Communities with the Arts

Arts leadership in Denver isn't exactly a model of diversity, but WESTAF and its Emerging Leaders of Color are changing this, one artist at a time. These new leaders are working to build bridges between the arts and underserved communities.

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Building Equity in the Arts in Denver

Denver's downtown performing arts scene draws visitors from across the region every year, but African Americans and Latinos are typically not among them. Amid changing demographics, institutions are challenged to create authentic diversity.

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Deepening Literary Lives: Homeless Writers Share Their Stories

The written word has the power to change lives, and it's no different for those who have experienced homelessness. In fact, it might hold even more power for those who are struggling to find a place to live.

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Confluence Q&A: Chris Tetzeli of 7S Management

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' seemingly overnight breakthrough has been years in the making, as Chris Tetzeli has managed the Denver soul singer onto an international stage. A big player in the music industry for decades, Tetzeli spoke with Confluence about Rateliff's liftoff, the state of show business and our fair city's status as a music town.

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Digital Placemaking Sparks Human Connections in Denver

Forget iPhones and private Facebook pages. Digital arts can be big, brash and public to add another layer to urban placemaking efforts.

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OG (Organic Gardener) DJ Cavem Raps about Kale

Hip-hop and healthy eating are twin inspirations for Denver's DJ Cavem, who deftly melds music and food justice with both rhymes and activism.

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Denver's SXSW: UMS Rocks Baker

The Underground Music Showcase, better known as the UMS, has been gathering steam for 15 years. Now it's the city's premier music festival, with 450 bands playing all over the Baker neighborhood last weekend.

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A Forest of Music: Denver Artist Makes Trees Sing

Art in Denver has gone to the trees, thanks to the creative "sound totem" installations that popped up in three Denver parks this month. Artist Nikki Pike brings a little magic -- and local music -- to the city's P.S. You Are Here creative placemaking initiative.

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Lifting Off: Mike Wird Launching Earthship Movement in Denver

Hip-hop artist and activist Mike Wird sees earthships as the perfect antidote to Denver's housing crunch. The green structures might just be a perfect fit for the city, and in more ways than one.
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