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Art enthusiasts sit in front of an original Clyfford Still.

Denver art museums, galleries and performing arts venues run the gamut of tradition, avant garde and just plain…strange. Heavy hitters like the Denver Art Museum -- the largest art museum between Kansas and California -- draw major national exhibits as do smaller, but equally impressive venues like the Clyfford Still Museum. Smaller galleries in LoDo, RiNo and the Art District on Santa Fe feature world art from Latin America and Russia.  

As for performing art, Denver has one of the largest performing arts centers in the country. The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) has 10 preforming arts spaces that span four blocks and 12 acres allowing aficionados to performance hop between ballet, orchestra, dance and Broadway productions. 

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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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Denver Offers to Help D.I.Y. Spaces Get Legit - If They Come Forward

The proposed Safe Occupancy Plan would avoid evictions at artist-run spaces if property owners turn themselves in and come up with a long-range plan to meet safety standards. The city is pledging patience, support, and expert advice on economical ways to upgrade buildings.

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What If It Rains? (And Other Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask the Cherry Creek Arts Festival)

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place this weekend, showcasing the work of 255 international artists, along with music, food and other family-friendly attractions. Fest Executive Director Tara Brickell tells us how it works, what to look for this year, and where to park.

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Public art's unheralded bonus? Projects invigorate the local economy.

When the city spends money on public art, the funds also create jobs, spark commerce and keep local businesses thriving. And it can make Denver a more pleasant place to live, work, and visit.
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Now & Next: Creating a Crucial Time Capsule of Denver Creativity

The new, nonprofit ArtHyve wants to preserve the work of the city’s present-day artists for years to come, working across disciplines and without the traditional gatekeepers who decide what gets saved and what could be lost forever.
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