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A Look Back at Our Interview with Public Art Giant Lawrence Argent

The Denver-based sculptor and educator died after complications from surgery this month. We're reposting this recent interview as a tribute to his talent, and his lasting impact on Denver. 

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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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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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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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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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Aiming for Inclusivity at Denver's Coding Boot Camps

Programming has long been dominated by white men. Are local coding schools focused on feeding the tech talent pipeline with diversity?

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A Dozen Abuzz 2016: 12 Anticipated Projects in Denver

Denver is building, rebuilding, renovating and reinventing. Here are 12 of the projects we're most excited to check out once the dust settles.

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Planning Downtown: A Look Back on the 2007 Downtown Area Plan

Confluence Denver offers readers a series of stories on the progress toward the vision put forth by the 2007 Downtown Denver Area Plan, developed by the Downtown Denver Partnership and the City and County of Denver.

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Planning Downtown: Creating a Distinctive City

Obstacles often equal opportunities for the next distinctive spaces of downtown Denver. Planners look to the bookends of the city center, Auraria and Arapahoe Square, to create the city's next great places.

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"The Science of Growth" Explores How Startups Change the World

Venture capitalist Sean Ammirati has a new book about the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history. He hopes it will give entrepreneurs in Denver and elsewhere a blueprint for success.

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Leading the Way: Women Rising at Denver's Nonprofits

The dynamic new leaders at three of Colorado's top nonprofit organizations share a vision for a better community. They also recognize that collaboration is a prerequisite for success.

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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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Changing Denver: The West Side

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This episode covers the history of the West Side.


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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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Rebooting Denver History to Connect Auraria and Downtown

Auraria  -- that's Latin for gold -- sits next to the site of the original gold strike in 1858 that brought settlers to Denver. The modern neighborhood is a college campus that still attracts scores of newcomers, but Auraria has a different set of challenges today.

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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.

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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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Employee Hardship Funds Promote Community within Local Businesses

Whether it's a little or a lot, anything helps when hard times strike unexpectedly. While many employers will gladly dip into their own pockets to lend a helping hand, formalized programs offer tax benefits, ensure a fair process and develop community within the workplace.

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Denver Musicians Take Entrepreneurial Approach

Denver's music scene is booming, with nationally known hitmakers, outsider artists and everything in between. The musicians are more businesslike than ever, but that doesn't mean they don't work together.

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Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups

Confluence talks with Dave McClure of 500 Startups before his kickoff speech for the third edition of Denver Startup Week. He gives his thoughts on Colorado's startup culture, the impact of Denver Startup Week and hype versus reality.

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National Roundup: Detroit's Wind Economy, Memphis' Startup Symphony, Toronto's Silicon Valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

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What Smart Cities Can Learn from Pittsburgh

With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to change and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth.

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The Battle for Talent: What Cities Are Doing to Attract Urban Professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing where to live. They also want a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with other smart people, and a dynamic place where they can find their next job.

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RSVP Today for Thursday's Confluence Panel Discussion, Vol. 1: Placemaking and Why It Matters

The first in a series of panel discussions from Confluence Denver will look at real estate development and placemaking in the city on the night of April 10 at CU Denver's Lawrence Street Center at 1380 Lawrence St. Clear your calendar and RSVP today.

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Galvanizing Denver, Boulder and Beyond: Tech Hub Expanding

Galvanize, Denver's tech hub for all things entrepreneurial, is expanding in Denver and Boulder. The under-construction Platte Street location in Denver is slated to come online by early 2015, but look for the Boulder Galvanize to open its doors this May.

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Urban 4-H: This Ain't Your Cousin's County Fair

4-H is famous for its rural clubs and championship cattle, but in the 21st century -- and especially in the city of Denver -- 4-H-ers are more devoted to robot technology than the livestock trade. Defying expectations is nothing new for Denver 4-H.

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Denver Housing Authority and Rocky Mountain Institute Push for Superefficient Housing in Denver

The Denver Housing Authority and the Rocky Mountain Institute teamed to push sustainable development in Curtis Park and beyond. Next: a development plan for Sustainability Park in the coming months, with groundbreaking slated for 2015.

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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.

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Can MOOCs Rewire Higher Education?

The MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, might just be the next big thing in education. CU Denver and CSU are getting in the game, and a few colleges are offering real credits. Is this a paradigm shift for education or is the hype overselling the reality?

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Confluence Q&A: Ken Schroeppel, CU Denver and DenverInfill

Confluence Denver talked to DenverInfill Founder and CU Denver Instructor Ken Schroeppel about Denver development, parking lots and the best places in the city.

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The Story of a Writers Workshop: Lighthouse Shines in Denver

Everyone has a story to tell. For the past 16 years, Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop has made sure those stories were told through the written word. Offering workshops, literary events and more, Lighthouse in landlocked Colorado provides a guiding light to literary types by promoting engagement, growth and connection among writers and readers.

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'70s-themed CU Denver Block Party Celebrates 40 Years

The second annual CU Denver Block Party is taking over the 1400 block of Lawrence Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thurs. Aug. 22. Dust off your tube tops and leisure suits to celebrate the university's 40th birthday with students, staff and alumni.

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.

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One World One Water Offers Unique Minor in Water Studies at MSU Denver

Under the leadership of Director Tom Cech, the new One World One Water Center at MSU Denver offers students in all departments a unique minor in water studies.

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Zero-Waste Bottling: Coke and CSU's Green Prototype in Denver

Colorado State University and Coca-Cola are two years into a 10-year agreement to make bottling more sustainable. A small group of students are helping Denver's Coca-Cola plant become a global leader in green bottling.

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Indulge Your Pyrophilia: Bond with Fire at Iron Pour

Pouring molten iron is something of a dying art, but it's alive and well at CU Denver. Coming up on March 22 is Iron Pour II, a free public spectacle of fire and iron.

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Free Summer Concerts Music to Denver's Ears -- and Wallets

In a budget-conscious era, free summer concerts around the city are not only providing a bargain for attendees, they help create a sense of place in Denver. While the music events continue to grow and new ones appear on the radar every year, putting on the shows is serious work for concert organizers -- and it costs serious money -- but it pays off in a variety of ways.

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Teaching Denver into a New Era: Three Edu-Tech Startups

Through new technology and fresh ideas, several Denver startups are taking education to the next level. CaptainU, Monkey Zone and TAOpivot are bringing new technologies to different niches in education.

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Notes from the Rocky Mountain West Urban Leadership Symposium

The third Rocky Mountain West Urban Leadership Symposium (RMWULS) took place Feb. 27 at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center. The Downtown Denver Partnership served as the host organization for the city-building event's 450 attendees, including a who's who of political, business and civic leaders from all over the Rockies.

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Students Run the Show at MSU Denver's New Teaching Hotel

Denver is now home to the state's only teaching hotel in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown at Metro State. One of only eleven teaching hotels in the country, the state-of-the-art facility includes a unique natural light sensory analysis laboratory, cellar management laboratory and classroom, and the hotel itself is adorned with artwork by students and alumni of the school. 

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PlatteForum Capping Decade of Arts in Denver with unGala

In the Central Platte Valley, PlatteForum established Denver's first artist-in-residency program in 2002. About 70 artists have since worked at the organization's Riverfront Park facility, and thousands of at-risk kids have taken part in its outreach programs. It's celebrating its 10-year anniversary with the decidedly unconventional unGala on Saturday March 9.

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Mini-STEM Tackles the Big Questions at CU Denver

The origin of life? Dark matter? Climate change and water (or lack thereof)? The Mini-STEM School by CU Denver has a free public lecture on it.

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Quenching Denver's Food Deserts

While Denver is ranked as one of the healthiest cities in the country, one-sixth of its residents live in food deserts without access to fresh, healthy food. Numerous local organizations are working to change this.

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The Pampered Hammer: Denver Women Re-Tool Success

With 3,500 sales consultants, designation as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 100 Brilliant Companies, Denver-based start-up Tomboy Tools reached the $1 million mark in half the time it took Pampered Chef to the do the same.  
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