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Western Vision: Mancos Weaves Heritage and Innovation

In southwestern Colorado, the Mancos Creative District aims to reinvent its small town's economy by balancing regional traditions with outside-of-the-box thinking.

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In Breckenridge, Elevating Art with History and Tourism in Mind

The mountain town has expanded its cultural offerings to international levels. Next, Breckenridge wants to use art to get the community talking about what it's like to live in an environment that is both beautiful and challenging.


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Creativity Blooms in Crested Butte

The Crested Butte Creative District is one of the most imaginative square miles in Colorado. While its challenges aren't odd for a ski town, local support for the arts is at a higher level.

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From 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Red Rocks: 75 Years of Music and Memories

Three quarters of a century ago, the amphitheatre at Red Rocks was officially dedicated. Here's everyone from Nathaniel Rateliff to Dick Lamm to Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire on what makes the place so special.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.  

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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. 

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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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Pop Quiz: Six Denver Entertainment Oddities and Obscurities

Okay, I did the research. Here are a half-dozen of the city's most significant and strangest claims to fame on stage, page and silver screen.

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A Parent's Guide to Summer in Denver

There's no shortage of summertime fun for the young in Denver. From museums and parks to performing arts and outdoor concerts, here's a look at a few favorite family-friendly offerings. 

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Pop Culture Rules: These Things Matter Podcast Goes Viral

John Cusack, Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, pinball, The Smiths, Blink-182, South Park, Caddyshack, the impending zombie apocalypse and Pee-wee Herman -- these things matter.

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RiNo: Rumbling towards Mixed-Use

RiNo -- the popular nickname for Denver's River North neighborhood -- is at once a place and a buzzword. The industrial corridor turned art district on the north side of the city is looking to make another leap to multiuse neighborhood, but can it preserve what made it special in the first place?

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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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The Enigma: Sideshow Star Moves to Denver

Freakshow superstar The Enigma has relocated to Denver, with plans to make the city much freakier. He and his cohorts are planning a sideshow-themed attraction to rival Coney Island.

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Viviane Le Courtois: Processes and Processus

Viviane Le Courtois creates art that makes the beholder think about that old maxim, "You are what you eat." Her current project is Processus, a coworking space for artists in RiNo.

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Nix Bros. Weaving Web of Laughter

For the Nix Bros., the ideal endgame is the silver screen, but they have found creative comfort and community in Denver, especially among the local comics. For the time being, it follows that they're (mostly) content making their brand of riotous videos for much smaller screens.

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Comic Book Classroom Super-Powering Literacy in Denver

Comic Book Classroom, through its ever-growing literacy programs and the annual Denver Comic Con, inspires Denver students to reach superhero levels in art and writing as well as math and science.

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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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Inside the Cube at Monkey Town 4

After three go-rounds in New York, Montgomery Knott, filmmaker, musician and Colorado native, picked Denver's up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood to debut his visual, aural and edible art experience, Monkey Town 4. Premiering for the first time outside its Big Apple birthplace, the unique art installation immerses the audience in stimulating video cinema and live performances, with food and wine pairings created exclusively for the event by renowned Denver chefs.

Drag Machine covered the history of drag through performers depicting different decades.

Innovative and Askew, Off-Center @ The Jones Launches Third Season

Off-Center @ The Jones is the "test kitchen" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Co-Curators Emily Tarquin and Charlie Miller discuss the third season, starting Oct. 10.

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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.

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John Rumley, King of Late Night Denver

Late Night Denver, John Rumley's Internet-only talk show, is catching on in a big way. Now he's looking to capture a national audience, thanks to a deal with TheLipTV2 -- but Rumley promises the money won't change Late Night Denver.

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Millennial Trains Project Rolls through Denver

The Millennial Trains Project is an incubator for the Millennial Generation on rails. It just stopped in Denver for 30 hours of mentoring, mingling and working on the participants' crowdfunded entrepreneurial projects.

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Noonan! Caddyshack Hits Larimer Square

Caddyshack is playing outdoors at Larimer Square on Thurs. Aug. 1 as part of the Ultimate Dining Event. Grease is coming up on Sept. 12.

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Things to Do in Denver When You're Filming

With a new Colorado film incentive on the books and Denver looking at another one for productions in the city, Hollywood has been shooting here more and local independent productions are also on the rise. Can Denver rebuild its film cred back to the halcyon days of Every Which Way But Loose?

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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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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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Building Community One Cubicle Demolition at a Time

Internationally, the number of coworking locations has roughly doubled since 2006. With nearly a dozen coworking spaces, Denver is right in the middle of that trend. But why are entrepreneurs and others choosing to share workspace with strangers?  
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