This morning, at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, a great meeting was held to discuss the future of Denver's arts and culture. The huge room was filled with some of the brightest movers and shakers in Denver.
I was honored to add my salient thoughts to the abundance of ingenious ideas being shared. And soon enough, you will be asked to share your good ideas for Denver's cultural horizon. It will be a significant moment in which Denver asks it's citizens to become shareholders -- stewards -- of our cultural growth and integrity.
"At the heart of a great city is art and that art is defined in hundreds of different ways. In Denver, a big-selling band at Red Rocks is as relevant as a trio at a bar on South Broadway. A small gallery in a neighborhood arts district is as charming as the Blue Mustang or a major museum exhibit. Small nonprofit writing programs complement many of the city’s renowned bookstores. And, the stage at a community festival is as thrilling as a Broadway show at the Buell Theatre or Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
The business of arts, culture and creativity helps define a city, too. Dollars spent in record stores, galleries, filmmaking, fashion production and restaurants all point to an appreciation of human creativity. Simply put, support for arts in many forms help support a city’s quality of life.
The Imagine 2020 project is a survey and development effort designed to give Denver a renewed sense of direction in the promotion of arts, culture and creativity. It is a collaborative effort that seeks to engage all citizens. By documenting the thoughts and input of Denverites, Imagine 2020 will inform an effort to provide resources and collaborative efforts to support arts and culture in our city." from ImagineDenver2020.org
You can keep up-to-date at the above website, and I'll share information with you as I attend additional meetings. Once you've had a chance to look over their site, if you'd like to share any thoughts or ideas with me to carry forward in a future meeting, please let me know. And when the time comes for everyone to add their voice to the larger discussion, I'll be sure to let you know how to do that. Until then, keep dreaming about what a culturally vibrant Denver looks like!
Chris, Your efforts with Fresh City Life are an excellent example of what makes Denver a culturally vibrant and diverse City. Thank you for all you do and for sharing your vision and ideas yesterday. More excitement in months to come!
Thanks Tariana! I say the same for Arts & Venues -- and am glad that Denver Public Library is collaborating with AVD! Here's to an exciting 2013 and beyond!