So This Happened: Memorable September Community Events

Just a quick recap of some of the fantastic satellite events that Denver Public Library hosted this month. 

SEP 16: This past weekend, we were happy to host the first ever Kids Crush -- an augmentation of the RiNo Crush Mural Festival that is going on its seventh year. Our kids event was set up in a parking lot right in the heart of the festival with eight large panels leaning against the chainlink fence for kids to paint all day. 

From the moment the event started at 10am, until well after our closing time, kids worked industriously on the panels. Each panel became something new as more kids come to make art, adding a little bit to each panel as the day went on. All eight panels are beautiful and represent the hard work of 297 young artists. We hope to display the panels at the Central Library later on this year. Learn more about the Crush Festival.

SEP 3: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School at the Rackhouse Pub. Another fun monthly event held in the RiNo art district, Dr. Sketchy is a night out for older artists. Hosted by Rackhouse Pub, and set up in an area very near the brewery section of the building -- it is industry meets art. On a makeshift stage, our model for this month was burlesque performer Honey Touche and the theme was Flight. Learn more about Dr. Sketchy events in Denver.

SEP 1: The RiNo neighborhood lights up on each first Friday of the month -- galleries stay open late, the brew pubs host tastings, the restaurants offer small plate deals to keep hungry culture vultures fueled up. And Denver Public Library adds to the mayhem with an event at RiNo Art District Headquarters. Sometimes it's a step up art experience or taking a fun Buzzfeed quiz. Last month, DPL hosted an event called Kitten Therapy. It was exactly what is sounds like -- a chance to hold a kitten for stress reduction and smiles. The event was so well-attended that a line formed outside the building and it looked like a new nightclub had opened in the neighborhood. 

This month's First Friday event from DPL was a green screen experience where guests could put on 80s sweaters and be photographed on cheesy backdrops -- like a vintage Sears photo studio. The event was called Awkward Studio Portraits and Unfortunate Family Newsletters. Once guests had their photos taken, the photo, along with a fun mad lib newsletter, were emailed to participants to share with friends. This event really showcased the fact that we love to create events that are not only great community-builders, they are often served up with a healthy side of irony. 

Next months First Friday will be Dixie Crystal's Drag Queen Story Time

Check out the full RiNo event schedule.

Written by Chris on September 19, 2017


Monica Sanchez on September 26, 2017


I am a current small business owner in the Barnum neighborhood. It is a small beauty salon/ barbershop. With all the movement and changes going on around the city I have been motivated to paint a mural on my business. I am hoping you will guide me in the right direction. I have approval from the owner of the building to move forward.

Thank you,
Monica Sanchez


Hi Monica: It is our practice to remove contact info in blog post comments, but I'll be sure to pass it along to the author for you.

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