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Creativity Abrew in Manitou Springs

At the foot of Pikes Peak, the Manitou Springs Creative District is building on one of Colorado's original arts economies. The key concepts: authenticity, collaboration and connectivity.

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In Westwood, Art Ascends and Transcends

In southwest Denver, Morrison Road is the spine of the newly certified Westwood Creative District. The neighborhood's Mexican-American heritage is shaping an organic approach to placemaking and revitalization.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Wonderbound Dances in a Different Direction, Creates a New Business Model for the Performing Arts

Under Artistic Director Garrett Ammon, the dance company has set the pace for creative partnerships, working with classical ensembles, pop bands, even a magician. Everybody wins.

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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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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 Capitol Hill State of Mind

The most densely populated area in Colorado, Capitol Hill has been dubbed "Denver's Greenwich Village" for its eclectic mix of people and businesses. What's afoot, these days, up on The Hill?

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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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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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A New Era Dawns on the Green Mile

South Broadway's rise began with infrastructure and marijuana. Now it's hit a new phase that is once again reshaping the stretch.

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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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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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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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Behind the Scenes at Red Rocks

A lot of work goes into every single show at the legendary Denver-owned venue. Here's a peek backstage at the business and operational logistics at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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Red Rocks at 75: A Series

Confluence writer Gregory Daurer tackled a series of stories that delved into the history, the culture and the business model of the one and only Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

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After Party on the Bridge Returns for Fourth Year

The annual follow-up to the Gala on the Bridge offers a case study in philanthropic outreach to a younger demographic. The 2016 event takes place on Sept. 16.

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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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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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Bus to Show Ferries Fans to Red Rocks

All aboard the party bus that's keeping music fans safe and sound as they travel to and from Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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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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Red Rocks Rocks!

Confluence Denver writer Gregory Daurer (a.k.a. Gregory Ego) explains the origins of his song, "Red Rocks Rocks!"

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The Secret Lives of Denver Foodies

Here's an inside look at the outside-of-the-kitchen passions that drive five of Denver's esteemed culinary creatives, and how some surprising pastimes inform their job-related decisions.      

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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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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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Beautiful Blocks Denver: Curtis Park

We start our Beautiful Blocks Denver series where it all began: in Curtis Park, the city's oldest residential neighborhood, dating back to 1871. 

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Photo Essay: A Morning on Tennyson Street

In her latest photo essay, Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn captures the soul of the northwest side, Tennyson Street.

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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: Five Points

Changing Denver is the podcast about our city's physical spaces, how we make them and how they make us. This week's edition focuses on the impact of gentrification in Five Points.

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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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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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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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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. 
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