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Rail in Denver: Boom, Bust and Boom Again

In places, Denver's railroad is an industrial gash that cuts through a vibrant city. As the city continues to grow around one of its first lifelines, several railyards still sprawl for acres in the middle of more human-oriented development.

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The Art of War: A Creative Salve for PTSD

Iraq War veteran Curtis Bean discovered a path to healing in art and yoga -- and he wants to help other Denver-based vets find peace, too.


Museo Explores the Arts of the Americas

Museo de las Americas in Denver's Arts District on Santa Fe employs outside-of-the-box educational programming and immersive art exhibitions to bring awareness to the cultures of the Americas for Latinos and non-Latinos alike. 

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Youth On Record Hitting High Educational Notes

The students who enroll in Denver's Youth On Record music classes might not ever actually be on a record, but chances are good they'll graduate from high school and ultimately make a positive impact in their own community.

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Event Recap: The Importance of Arts and Culture in Building a City

The second community discussion produced by Confluence Denver explored how artists and arts organizations play a vital role in education, placemaking, talent attraction and social good, and looked at ways to support this important community.

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Dinner Lab Launches in Denver

Unveiled in New Orleans in 2011, Dinner Lab, a community-dining startup, jumped into the Denver food scene on Sept. 26 with a modern Mexican meal at Infinite Monkey Theorem.

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Event: The Importance of Arts and Culture in Building a City

For the second community discussion produced by Confluence Denver, we invite readers to Converge in RiNo Wed. Nov. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. We'll explore how artists and arts organizations play a vital role in education, placemaking, talent attraction and social good, while examining ways to support this important community.

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Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace America Sees "Complete Ecology of Arts" in Denver

Jamie Bennett, executive director of Brooklyn-based ArtPlace America, visited RiNo, the Art District on Santa Fe and the Golden Triangle in Denver last week. He likes what he saw.

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Eye in the Sky: Evan Anderman Captures Images of Plains from Above

Denver photographer Evan Anderman has been flying east for a bird's-eye look at the Colorado plains. His show at the Carmen Wiederhoft Gallery in RiNo runs through Oct. 12.


From Denver to the World: Startups Surging from a Mile High

Denver in 2014 is like an entrepreneurial rocket ship, and in many ways, it's always been like that. Today's leaders have recognized the intersection of the startup mindset and Colorado culture and harnessed the synergy with impressive results. Case in point: Denver Startup Week.


Semple Brown Soars: Architecture and Design Firm Has Left Lasting Mark On Denver

Masters of melding the old and new, Semple Brown Design has shaped and reshaped Denver for more than 30 years. Co-Founder and Principal Sarah Semple Brown's fingerprints are all over the city, from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to The Kitchen Next Door Union Station. 

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How Local Is Your Beer? Craft Brewers Increasingly Employ Seasonal, Regionally Grown Ingredients

Despite our love of local brews, many of the ingredients in our favorite beers are not sourced locally. Yet that's changing as brewers tap into the local farming movement in their communities to add more fresh ingredients.


A Stairway to Health: Mariposa Merges Exercise and Architecture

The former South Lincoln Homes are being phased out in favor of a denser, mixed-income approach to public housing, and a model for transit-oriented development. The new Phase 3 building makes exercise educational, musical and entertaining with a one-of-a-kind interactive staircase.


CityBuild Invites Next Generation to Make a Better Denver

Launched last September, CityBuild Denver aims to get young adults involved in urbanism. Leaders see it as a platform for engagement and education, filling a void in the local city-building landscape.


Cross-Cultured Offers "Cultural Matchmaking" for Young Professionals

A new program offers a taste of events from arts philanthropies aimed at a younger demographic, including the Denver Art Museum's CultureHaus, the Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club and the Clyfford Still Museum's 1944 Society. A Cross-Cultured membership offers free and discounted tickets to 25 events between July and October for $30.

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The Arts Affinity Group: Youth On Record, OhHeckYeah, Buntport and Downtown Aurora Visual Artists

Last year, The Denver Foundation launched a special group, the Arts Affinity Group (AAG). The collective giving platform allows the foundation's partners to support the arts in a way that's both impactful for the grant recipients and meaningful for the donors. 

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CSArt Colorado Models Itself on Foodie Phenomenon

CSArt Colorado takes the model of community supported agriculture and applies it to art. It's a win-win for artists and collectors: Patrons get a share (10 works of art) for the low price of $400. This year's launch party is at Denver Botanic Gardens on May 15.


The itchy-O Marching Band: Chaos of the Best Variety

Denver's itchy-O Marching Band is a 36-piece collective and one of the city's most compelling musical acts. Their shows are less likely to be on the calendar than not -- expect itchy-O to put on a show in unexpected venues, without any prior notice.

The CBCA's Leadership Arts program focuses specifically on arts and culture.

Civic Engagement Starts Here

Engaging with nonprofits on a meaningful level isn't always easy. Enter four unique organizations, each designed to facilitate philanthropic collaboration: Social Venture Partners, CBCACityBuild and JVA Consulting are pushing Denverites to do something great.

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CU Denver Marks 40 Years with Big Changes

Four decades after its establishment as an independent institiution, CU Denver has come a long way. Today the university is in the midst of another major evolution, with its first independently owned building underway as the neighborhood-oriented master plan for the Auraria Campus becomes a reality.


An Artistic X-Ray: Adam Stone and Screw Tooth

Denver's new theater company Screw Tooth is genre-defying, experimental and brutally honest, just the way Founder and Artistic Director Adam Stone wants it. Show #1.5, 2GD2B4G-10 (that's alphanumeric for "too good to be forgotten") starts Dec. 13 at Buntport Theater in the Art District on Santa Fe.

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Top 10 Denver Feeds on Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube -- there are so many ways to go down the rabbit hole. If you have the time to surf, here are Confluence Denver's picks for the 10 best Denver feeds on social media.

Landon Meier's masks of Ron Jeremy, Mike Tyson and babies.

Hyperflesh's Signed Breaking Bad Mask Auctioned on eBay after Series Finale

Hyperflesh's super-realistic, signed mask of Breaking Bad's Walter White (a.k.a. Heisenberg) attracted bids north of $40,000 after the series' critically acclaimed finale. The Art Distict on Santa Fe-based Landon Meier tells us when latex and silicon masks cross the boundary and become art.

Andrew Novick is an artist, collector, photographer, chef and coveter of the strange.

The Weird World of Andrew Novick: Blood, Pancakes and Punk Rock

The parallels to the legendary Andy Warhol are uncanny: identical infatuations with pop culture, both extraordinary collectors and coveters of the strange and they even share a name. What does a humble genius reminiscent of Warhol and undeterred by limits do in his free time? (Hint: The answer isn't "sleep.") Here's a brief review of all things Andrew Novick.

The space consists of a 9,000-square-foot gallery and a 5,000-square-foot gallery, plus a classroom and plenty of storage space.

MSU Denver's Center for Visual Art Anchors Art District

Working artists and students mingle and collaborate at the constantly evolving Metro State Center for Visual Art at 965 Santa Fe Dr. Currently on display are two exhibits featuring works by arts educators, with an emphasis on process.


Draft Urbanism Tackles Denver's Age-Old Problems

The Biennial of the Americas launched on July 16, but its creative answers to problems such as too many parking lots and integrating Auraria and downtown could have a life well beyond the Draft Urbanism exhibition.

Connor Wood Cycles' Woody Cruiser.

Entrepreneurs Riding Road to Success Thanks to Growing Bike-Based Economy

It's Bike to Work Day in Denver and there's been some serious growth in the local bicycle industry. From Denver to Philadelphia, entrepreneurs are building businesses around bicycles. This craft manufacturing boom goes hand in hand with trends galore -- sustainability, local-ism and alternative transit.


Social Activism Never Tasted So Good: Three Local Restaurants Educate and Enhance the Community

Using the food industry as means for education, three local nonprofits -- Osage CafePizza Fusion Denver and Cafe Options -- are empowering Denver by giving disadvantaged individuals the tools necessary to prosper in their personal and professional lives and, subsequently, helping them become contributing members of the community.

The Mariposa redevelopment is taking shape in the La Alma/LIncoln Park neighborhood.

Rethinking Public Housing: Mariposa and the Transformation of La Alma/Lincoln Park

As part of the Mariposa redevelopment in La Alma/Lincoln Park, South Lincoln Homes and its 278 affordable-housing units are going the way of the wrecking ball to give way to a considerable denser footprint of 900 units, as the formerly low-income public housing project expands into a broader market and brings health and sustainability to the forefront.

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Fox Art School Raising Bar for Arts Education in Denver

There are crafts and there is art. Sarah Fox teaches kids the latter by encouraging them to push the boundaries of their own imaginations and immersing them at Fox Art School, an authentic creative space on famed Santa Fe Drive.

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Denver Open Media and the Open Media Project: Public Access TV 2.0

Denver Open Media's Tony Shawcross has taken the principles of Wikipedia and applied them to local public-access TV. The concept is gaining traction nationally with the Open Media Project, public-access management software developed in-house.

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Backyard Farming Boom: Denver Urban Homesteading

Denver Urban Homesteading, a year-round farmers market and livestock exchange, is taking root in central Denver. The facility from James and Irina Bertini also offers classes on everything from beekeeping to gardening to beer brewing.

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Buntport's Wild Ride

Buntport Theater Company has boldly marked its creative territory for the past dozen years, establishing itself as the kookiest and most inventive theater troupe in Denver. Debuting on April 12: A Knight to Remember: A Quest to Boldly Recapture the Past, by Brian Colonna.


One Day @ Battery621

A day in the life of Battery621, the collaborative offices for numerous snow-centric companies alongside creative and renegade businesses of all kinds. The diverse tenant roster include ski-makers Icelantic Skis and creative businesses like Wink Inc. and The Public Works.

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Keep on Trucking: Food Truck Row Hits Denver's Streets

Rumor has it a new food truck is unleashed on Colorado every four days. The trendy trucks are the hottest thing to hit the food industry since Jamie Oliver -- but most of them struggle. Food Truck Row is on a mission to bolster the industry by bringing together high-quality, gourmet trucks.


Eat Like a Caveman: Denver Emerging as Paleolithic Diet Center

Many Americans are embracing a more ancestral approach to eating, favoring a Paleolithic diet that is rich in fresh meats, fish, fruits and vegetables -- the way nature intended. Denver is leading the trend, making Paleo more accessible and delicious than ever before.

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center.

Doors Open Denver to Showcase City Beautiful

This year's theme for Doors Open Denver, coming up in April, celebrates the historic City Beautiful movement. Highlights include the recently restored McNichols building, the new Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center and the Zen Center of Denver.

B-cyclists buzzing the Denver City and County Building.

Denver Transportation, Part Three: B-cycle, Where the Rubber Meets the Road

What happens when thousands of affordable rental bikes, more than 300 sunny days, an advocacy group, hundreds of miles of bike paths and a cheerleading mayor converge on an idea? Denver B-cycle, the nation's first citywide automated bike-sharing program.

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Denver Transportation, Part One: Car and Ride Sharing

Denver residents are taking a pole position in the trend that has nearly one million Americans ditching the hassle of car ownership in favor of car- and ride-sharing services.

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More than 40 Denver Artists in Throes of Art of Winter

For the third year in a row, Denver artists, restaurants, designers and entrepreneurs collaborate with the snow industry for a three-week placemaking experiment called the Art of Winter


Marketing the Arts to a 21st Century Audience

3D shows? Popcorn and free beer? Gen Xers and Millennials aren't turning out for performing arts events like previous generations, but Denver arts organizations are creatively reversing that trend. 

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DIY Events Take Flight in Denver

With plenty of drive and motivation, not to mention a dash of luck, young event producers have become a new kind of innovator. Whether it's an Olympic-sized race or simply a day showcasing creativity, these events are quickly filling up Denver's social calendar while giving back to the community. 


CD Vid: Denver Art Society

The Denver Art Society is one of many art groups dedicated to strengthening the Denver art community by providing support and education to area artists. Introducing the Denver Art Society. 

Ben Parsons, owner and wine maker of Infinite Monkey Theorem.

The Infinite Possibilities of a Denver Urban Winery

As urban living continues to appeal to a new generation, an entrepreneur offers the latest in urban drinking with a winery in the concrete jungle. Infinite Monkey Theorem is pushing the envelope by producing wine in cans and letting social media enthusiasts participate in production. 


CD Vid: Denver RAWK Showcase

Some of Denver's hottest -- though not necessarily most "discovered" -- talent will participate in a Dec. 6 RAWK event at Casselmann's Bar. 
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