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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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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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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Delivers Timeless Tale to Denver Teens

You've heard of Shakespeare in the Park. But how about the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Shakespeare in the Parking Lot?

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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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Cha-Ching! Sounding Off on the Cash Register Building's Artful Upgrades

The most conspicuous building on the Denver skyline is more distinct than ever, thanks to a thoughtful remodel focused on honoring the building's original architecture via midcentury interiors and an impressive collection of public art. 

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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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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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Let's Get Small: Davey B. Gravey's Tiny Cinema

David B. Weaver (a.k.a. "Davey B. Gravey") is an auteur working in the retro medium of Super 8 film, exhibiting his celluloid creation, Moonglow, at his very own Tiny Cinema.

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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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Little Fyodor Leads Charge to Keep Denver Weird

For three decades running, weirdo DJ and musician Little Fyodor and his bandmate and partner-in-abnormality, Babushka, have fought to keep Denver strange.

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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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Transit-Oriented Art: Expanding Access in Motion

There's a citywide gallery of public art along Denver's transit routes. With the opening of the new train to DIA and other rail lines, considerably more transit-oriented art is coming soon.

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Highway to Revitalization in Lakewood

Welcome to 40 West Arts District, home to many eclectic talents, and the juxtaposition of glitter and grit on West Colfax Avenue.

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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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Son of Gonzo: Juan Thompson Remembers His Father, Hunter

In a new memoir, Denver's Juan F. Thompson explores the fear and loathing of his father: legendary Colorado scribe Hunter S. Thompson.

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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?

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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.

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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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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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