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At IdeaLab, making art, losing the fear

More than 40 youths showed up for the recent IdeaLab at Denver's Youth on Record. They got real-world advice on art-making, hands-on instruction, and a chance to show off what they learned.

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Colorado's ambitious Space to Create experiment stakes its claim in Trinidad

The project, which broke ground this week, will bring 41 affordable rental units for creatives to the city. It's a testing ground for a program that will spread across the state.

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Turning young people into artists, for an afternoon or for a lifetime

Youth on Record gives teens access to the coaching and equipment they need to make music and other kinds of art and helps them explore the possibilities of creative careers. It's the setting for the next IdeaLab, a youth-only event scheduled for June 13.

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Healthy Kids: School food is changing, and Colorado is setting the pace

More Colorado students are eating fresh, whole foods at school thanks to a team of chefs on a mission.

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IdeaLab Report: Firing Up the Community, Finding Ways to Protect Cultural Identity as Denver Evolves

IdeaLab was meant to generate ideas for a new community center in Westwood, but it was also a chance for a neighborhood to remind itself who it is and how it might shape its future.

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The Arts in Society Grants: Giving To Those Who Give Back

 Twenty-two artists and organizations split $480,000 in grants this year.

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How a big corporation like Comcast can connect to the community

Denver Housing Authority and Comcast team up to provide high-speed internet connections and community relationship connections to low-income tenants… turning public housing units into places people can call truly home.  

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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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Photo Essay: The New Kirkland, a Major Addition to Denver's Museum Landscape

The compact Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art moves to an expansive new space in the Golden Triangle, transforming itself into a cultural powerhouse.

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Beyond Basic Shelter: An Inside Look at How DHA Is Teaching Digital Readiness

Denver Housing Authority’s low-income tenants have a unique opportunity to develop their tech skills when they attend free digital literary classes.

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Creative Industries Riding High in Steamboat Springs

The consummate ski town is also a hotbed of creativity. The newly established Steamboat Springs Creative District is catalyzing collaboration and opening a dialogue about the importance of the arts.

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Meet Tara Chloe: How Comcast and DHA Are Closing the Connectivity Gap

Thousands of Denverites benefit from an unexpected partnership delivering high-speed Internet to low-income tenants who can’t afford market-rate pricing. Here’s how the “Internet Essentials” program changed one family’s life.   

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The Latino Community Foundation Helps Communities Thrive By Encouraging Constituents to “Act Local”

Here’s how one local foundation helps ensure community-based nonprofit work remains sustainable and relevant.

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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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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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Photo Essay: A look at Denver's Tiny Home Community for the Homeless

Civic advocates unveiled a novel approach to providing shelter for the homeless with the opening of Beloved Community Village, a co-op supported by Denver Homeless Out Loud and the Beloved Community Mennonite Church.

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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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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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Raising community awareness, and lots of cash, at Denver PrideFest

Denver's annual party and parade, the largest celebration of LGBT pride in the region, is way more than an extravagant block party: It pays for local LGBT programming all year long.  

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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 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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In Westwood, Staking a Claim for Identity Through Art. Can It Survive the Changes to Come?

Looking to balance history and culture with development, leaders in Denver's Westwood neighborhood have given artists a seat at the decision-making table.

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Community Land Trusts: Permanently Affordable Housing

Community land trusts offer a model for affordable housing that's economically sustainable in the long term. As a vision for Globeville/Elyria-Swansea takes shape, time is of the essence in increasingly pricey Denver.

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No Vacancy: Denver Nonprofits Rethink Motels as Supportive Housing

In Denver, two nonprofits have transformed old motels into livable spaces with social missions. The weathered lodgings along Colfax Avenue and Broadway could offer more viable housing for families in need.

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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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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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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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A Plan for the High Line Canal

Measuring 71 miles from canyon to plains and touted one of the nation's longest linear parks, the 130-year-old High Line Canal is evolving with Denver. Planning for its future is underway.

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A Highway Divides It: I-70 Reconstruction Delay Offers Pause for Reflection

The plan for a wider I-70 in northeast Denver isn't yet a done deal. A delay in federal approval for the project offers a chance to ruminate on the vision -- and the alternatives.

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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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Americas Latino Eco Festival: Celebrating the Next Generation of Climate Activists

Now in its fourth year, Americas Latino Eco Festival celebrates and empowers leaders of the Latino climate movement, which has flourished outside of the mainstream for decades. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prodigy Coffeehouse Opening Doors of Opportunity

The new social venture in Elyria-Swansea strives to not only serve a mean cup of joe, but to  deliver transferable job skills to its employees.

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Neighborhood Olympics: The Stompin' Ground Games

Evan Weissman calls his Warm Cookies of the Revolution a "civic health club." What better place to stretch your community-minded muscles than its 'hood-hopping Stompin' Ground Games?

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An Exercise in Empathy

At its recent "Our House" event, the Denver Public Library invited the public to learn -- and to care -- about homelessness.

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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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Fresh Food Connect's Harvest of Opportunity

An all-accessible, farm-to-fork initiative, Fresh Food Connect is the fruition of collaboration, a bold brainchild that feeds families, empowers youth and minimizes waste.
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