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Sculptor Dorothy Tanner, 93, admits she's something of a rebel, a revolutionary.

The Lumonics Light Brigade

Nonagenarian Denver artist Dorothy Tanner marches to the beat of her own drummer. The sculptures at her Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery defy convention, fusing light and sound.

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Denver's Next Great Art Districts

The Art District on Santa Fe is a national standout, but its rise also means emerging artists are pushing into more affordable areas. Where are Denver's next great art districts?


Teaching Tech at Silicon STEM Academy

Welcome to Denver's one-stop shop for all things high-tech, offering unique after-school classes for kids -- and adults, too.

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Denver Tool Library: Lending Helping Hammers

In a year's time, the Denver Tool Library has attracted more than 300 members. As it pushes for nonprofit status, the organization is making a big impact.

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Ivar Zeile Has Seen the Future of Public Art, and It's on 25' x 60' screens

The Denver Digerati ringleader is thinking big when he curates works of art for the Denver Theatre District's big LED screens, and defying the norm of advertising-only digital billboards.

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Jefferson Park, Urban Island Again on the Upswing

The northwest Denver neighborhood is growing in a hurry, but some things remain the same. Gentrification might be new here, but walkability and a lack of retail space remain challenges for Jefferson Park.


Denver's "On the Road" Icon Celebrated at The Merc

On Sat. Jan. 30, the seventh annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash takes place at the Mercury Cafe, celebrating the legacy of the Beat Generation icon through poetry, prose, personal recollections and music.


Planning Downtown: Creating a Prosperous City

With over 70,000 residents and an economy that employs more than 120,000, downtown Denver is the economic hub for its greater metropolitan area, as well as the Rocky Mountain region -- and business and city leaders intend to keep it that way.

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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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Slow Selfie Makes Present Look Past

War conflict photojournalist Patrick Andrade has turned a corner with an old-school process. His RELIC studio in Sunnyside uses collodion-coated plates, not pixels, to tell his subjects’ stories.

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Denver-based Civitas Showcases Urban Design through Film

Urban design and landscape architecture standout Civitas has released two short films that explore the multi-layered and collaborative design process behind its work.


Building DPAC's "Next Stage"

The Denver Performing Arts Complex is a national standout, but that doesn't mean it's resting on its laurels. As an ambitious vision takes shape, what's next for the venerable facility?

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Is Affordable Artist Live/Work Housing the New Normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?

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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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Affordable Housing Takes Root at Union Station

The developers of Ashley Union Station seek to offset Denver's rapidly rising rents with 75 below-market apartments.

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Who Is Shaping the Future of Cities?

Across the country, passionate people are working every day on the little things that lead to big changes.

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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.


LoHi Boom Hits Challenging Crescendo

LoHi has changed completely since the nickname for "Lower Highland" was popularized a decade ago. Now that the grit is for the most part glitz, what's next for the area?


Mindfulness Instructors Bring Peaceful Practice to Denver Schools

The age-old practice of mindfulness is having profound effects on modern-day students in local schools by teaching them to focus on the present.

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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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Denver's Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015

Confluence Denver recently spoke with local tech luminaries Erik Mitisek, J.B. Holston, Tom Higley, Joe Zell and Chris Onan to get their take on the year that was.

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Compass Academy Aims to Close Achievement Gap

For students in underserved communities, the overarching question is always about how, exactly, teachers can drive success. The plan behind Denver Public Schools' new charter school, Compass Academy, might just offer an answer.

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Denver's Highway Icon Celebrates 30 Years

Three decades after its installation, Herbert Bayer's articulated wall in Denver continues to transform a short stretch of I-25 into an amusing, ennobling, oft-unexpected art gallery for passing motorists.

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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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Event Recap: Building Intentional and Inclusive Communities

Otten Johnson and Confluence Denver hosted a conversation at The Commons on Champa that covered some of Denver's most interesting projects under development: inclusive projects being built with all stakeholders in mind -- and with their input.


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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Redefining and Redesigning Denver's Historic Civic Center Park

Just south of Denver's Central Business District at the intersection of two of the town's most prominent streets lies Civic Center Park, a diamond in the rough that's beginning to shine as city planners work to change public perceptions. 


Barnum Dodges Brunt of Denver Boom, with Mixed Results

Even as most of Denver's urban neighborhoods have seen an influx of development that's pushing real estate prices higher, not much has changed in Barnum, one of the city's last bastions of affordability.

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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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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.


Event Recap: IdeaLab

Sponsored by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the first-ever IdeaLab took flight on Fri. Nov. 6. It kicked off Denver Arts Week with a daylong conversation about how artists and arts organizations could partner with citybuilders of all kinds.

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Park Hill Grows and Grapples with Colorado Boulevard

The longstanding neighborhood in northeast Denver is seeing a boom in development that spans housing, schools and community services and even an upcoming art trail. While commuter rail is on the way, increasingly thick traffic on Colorado Boulevard remains a big challenge for Park Hill.


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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The Denver Eye Focuses its Lens on City History

Nightclubs, 1950s strip clubs, CSU's murderous dormitory, White Spot coffeehouses, old menus and high schoolers stealing off with a six-foot-tall Big Boy statue: As some folks tear them down, one man immortalizes the charming tidbits that comprise Denver's vanishing, beloved and bizarre culture.

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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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Denver Dog Park Dust-Up

Denver is one of the dog-friendliest cities in the U.S., but the closure a popular off-leash park has residents up in arms. What's next for dog parks in city limits?

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Before and After: 10 Amazing Examples of Adaptive Reuse in Denver

From the REI Denver Flagship store in the Central Platte Valley to The Source in RiNo, here are the stories behind 10 of the top case studies of adaptive reuse in Denver.

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Artists Can Be the "Connective Tissue" of a Neighborhood -- But Can They Afford It?

Affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.  


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.


Event: IdeaLab

On Nov. 6, plug in to IdeaLab! Join creative leaders from Denver and nationally for a full day event featuring panel discussions and workshops on getting inspired, building partnerships and putting creative ideas into action. 


Stapleton: Denver's Front Porch Neighborhood Pushes its Boundaries

A hybrid urban-suburban, lawn-free mecca for strollers and minivans, Stapleton can hardly be contained as developers push south -- and north, too. And maybe that's a good thing, as the airport-turned-neighborhood has set the bar high in its first 15 years.


Photo Essay: Scenes from Larimer Street

Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn captures images of Larimer Street, a microcosm of the ever-shifting city.

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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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Denver Startup Week 2015: Postgame Wrap-Up and Five Lessons Learned

Denver Startup Week was bigger and better than ever in 2015. The country's largest free entrepreneurial event offers a lot of free advice, and here are five of our top lessons learned this time around.

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In Growing Cities, Parking Challenges Require Creative Solutions

As more people move to cities, how can rapidly developing neighborhoods tackle parking challenges without gobbling up valuable urban space for off-street lots?


Business Meets Pleasure as Imbibe Rides Denver's Craft Beer Wave

Party planners do their best to create memorable moments, but few have had the success of Denver's Imbibe Events. The company has quickly emerged as the go-to event organizer for the city's craft breweries.

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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.


Architects on Architecture: Denver Stars Pick Their Favorite Buildings

Some of Denver's top architects name their picks -- and their pans -- of the buildings in city limits, as well as a few in other places around the world, from Sydney to New York City.
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