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What You Need to Know About Denver's 2017 Biennial of the Americas

The celebration of art and ideas returns Sept. 12-16 with public offerings that range from "lunch and learn" panels on important international topics to a recreation of one of Havana's hottest nightclubs.


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Imagine 2020: Small grants with huge potential

Denver's Imagine 2020 grants give cultural startups an early boost - and the recognition they need to attract audiences and other funders.

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Potatoes and 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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Brews, Beans, and WiFi: How Coffee Shops Really Make Money

Coffee shops are the original startups, and they continue to boom. But how do they make a profit when a cup sells for just a few bucks and real estate, raw materials, and labor costs are sky-high? Denver's most popular caffeine sellers tell us their secrets to success.

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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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Denver Offers to Help D.I.Y. Spaces Get Legit - If They Come Forward

The proposed Safe Occupancy Plan would avoid evictions at artist-run spaces if property owners turn themselves in and come up with a long-range plan to meet safety standards. The city is pledging patience, support, and expert advice on economical ways to upgrade buildings.

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What If It Rains? (And Other Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask the Cherry Creek Arts Festival)

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place this weekend, showcasing the work of 255 international artists, along with music, food and other family-friendly attractions. Fest Executive Director Tara Brickell tells us how it works, what to look for this year, and where to park.

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Public art's unheralded bonus? Projects invigorate the local economy.

When the city spends money on public art, the funds also create jobs, spark commerce and keep local businesses thriving. And it can make Denver a more pleasant place to live, work, and visit.

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A Golden Opportunity for the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle Creative District has some seriously enviable assets for a creative district. By leveraging such anchors as the Denver Art Museum, the plan is to catalyze the neighborhood for working artists.

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Setting the Stage reinvents womenís networking through stories, song, and shared ideas

The female-only meet up is part motivational powwow, part creative performance, part open conversation with like-minded peers.

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For Denverís remarkable performing arts season, a real celebration, but a reality check, too.

The city’s biggest fine arts groups are having banner years, but ramping up ticket sales has meant turning their wares populist. Companies say they do push audiences to be high-minded — but have to heed the bottom line, too.

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The Denver Art Museumís Renovation Project Is Way Bigger Than You Think

The largest donation in DAM’s history launched the organization’s ambitious North Building Revitalization, a $150 million project that’s expected to transform not just Gio Ponti’s landmark structure, but the surrounding neighborhood, too.

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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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CriTiki Party Stirs Up Critiques and Cocktails in Podcast Paradise

Welcome to the CriTiki Party, where the sun is hot, the drinks are frozen, and the conversation about writing is intoxicatingly insightful.  

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The Six Things Creative Entrepreneurs Need to Know Now

Need a little inspiration? There was plenty of it at IdeaLab 2017, which brought together creative minds from across the U.S. Here are a half-dozen useful pieces of advice that came out of the day's conversations.

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Wheelchair Wonder Woman

Kalyn Heffernan is a mentor to Denver school kids by day, and an obscenity spewing, hip-hop fireball at night. Her band, Wheelchair Sports Camp, has been representing the city — loudly and proudly — across town  and on the road.

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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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Breaking Boundaries: Interactive, Immersive, Pop-Up Theater

Please do not remain seated. Unbuckle with tickets to a new breed of shows in Denver that meld theatrical elements with experiences that keep theatergoers on their feet.

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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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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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The Big Ambition of Little Free Library

The biggest tiny library system in the country is making inroads in Denver. Expect more branches of Little Free Library in your neighborhood soon.

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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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Storytellers Bare All for The Narrators

Live storytelling is all the rage, and The Narrators show has been on the cutting edge of the trend for more than five years. If you're ready to see what all of the fuss is about, grab a free seat at Buntport Theater on Jan. 18.  

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A City's Challenge: Preserving Artists' Spaces in Denver

The story behind the Lawrence Street Artists illuminates how creatives struggled for affordable space in Denver long before the recent nationwide clampdown on converted warehouses.

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Mutiny Information Cafe Looks Back to the Future

The Baker bookstore has expanded its offerings, hosted live music and promoted the local community. Now its founders are going back to their zine roots and launching an indie press.

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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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Denver Coworking Boom: Peaking Trend or New Way of Work-Life?

A number of new coworking spaces came online in Denver in 2016. Are there enough coworkers to fill all of the desks?

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Wende Curtis: Making Comedy Work in Denver

This week, owner Wende Curtis celebrates her 30th anniversary with Comedy Works. Giants of stand-up comedy grace her stages, yet she also stands up for emerging talent.

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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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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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The Temple: Art, Community and a Revolutionary Bakery

The Temple has transformed a building steeped in Denver history into a sanctuary for artists and nonprofits. Its resident creatives have fostered community with shared resources, education and heavenly pizza and pie.

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Street Art Making Mark on New Denver

Denver's street art is attracting national recognition. How is the city's booming mural scene helping soften the impact of rapid development and gentrification?

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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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Changing Denver: What Is Art?

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode focuses on the murals on the Cherry Creek Trail.

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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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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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Art Uncaged: Black Cube Roams Denver

Artist and philanthropist Laura Merage and longtime curator Cortney Lane Stell are bringing contemporary art into view with their nomadic pop-up gallery.

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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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Bucket List: Rich Grant on "100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die"

Irene Rawlings and Rich Grant's 100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die taps into its authors' deep knowledge of the city. The book has plenty to offer both longtime residents and newcomers.

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Practitioners and Partners: Artspace Evolves Breaking Ground Into "Idea Lab" Celebrating Artists

Artspace's annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day "idea lab" on Oct. 14-15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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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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Innovate for Good 2016 Puts Youth Initiatives at Forefront

The second annual Rose Community Foundation program granted $200,000 to 10 innovative ideas. Youth activists are involved with all of the winners.

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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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How Affordable Artist Housing Can Help Cultural Communities "Celebrate Themselves"

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.
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