The Denver Arts Scene

Written by on February 28, 2016 in CO Attractions - 1 Comment

Brushstrokes. Sculpture. Arias. Concertos. The visual and performing arts scene in Denver, Colorado is dynamic and diverse, attracting thousands of new and visiting artists every year. From the boutique galleries to the concert venues, the creative expression here is of world-class caliber. Home to one of the world’s biggest performing arts complexes and a half-dozen art schools, Denver is the perfect place to explore and entertain your artistic side.

The hub of the visual arts scene is the lively Arts District on Santa Fe, located on Santa Fe Drive between 4th and 12th avenues. Connected by a shuttle, this network of 30 unique galleries and shops plays host to the monthly First Friday Art Walk, and is the premier place for collecting one of a kind pieces. After you’ve weaved through the breathtaking photographs and paintings, head over to Studio 6 CoffeeHouse for gourmet lattes and sandwiches with the down-to-earth local crowd. Keep your eyes peeled as you traverse the downtown area; thanks to the Denver Public Art program, there are dozens of sculptures and installations scattered about the parks and walkways.

If museums are more your taste, come visit the world-renowned Denver Art Museum, displaying collections of art of every medium from every region of the world. Awarded for its interactive programs, the museum also offers special lectures, tours, art classes, and hands-on activities for the youngsters. To expand your world even further, head down to the Museum of Contemporary Art to take in the vast collection of the new and the modern, or to flex your art muscles at a special workshop or presentation. To wash it all down, stop in the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art to witness the beautiful blending of creativity and interior design.

Thanks to the ever-growing population of young students, Denver is becoming a fluid and progressive center for creative undertaking. The prestigious Art Institutes has a campus in downtown, and attracts hundreds of talented students each year, as well as offering numerous community-based events and shows. The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is a smaller, intimate school with a down-to-earth attitude, focusing on encouraging the holistic growth of artists and the public. Finally, the grassroots approach of the Art Students League of Denver is inviting and hands-on, offering a less formal education through a variety of classes, workshops, and summer camps. The constant influx of students of all ages and backgrounds is what keeps the Mile High City a thriving and innovative focal point of creativity.

For a night of entertainment, the monumental Denver Performing Arts Complex is “the” place to go. Hosting five separate venues, this complex is the mecca for theatrical and musical performances, as well as special guest acts and comedy shows. High profile traveling Broadway shows stop here annually, and it is the permanent home of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Ballet. Arrive early for your show and enjoy a stroll through the massive glass atrium, grab a glass of merlot at the LimeLight Supper Club and Lounge, and take in the expansive view of downtown and the Rocky Mountain range. Whether you’re here to enjoy a bit of Shakespeare or Mozart, the DPAC is the premiere place for a special night out.

The sights and sounds of the Mile High City are sure to inspire and enlighten, and the ever-changing entertainment is sure to please. The visual and performing arts are quickly becoming Denver’s namesake, providing world-class art, dance, music, and theatre for a diverse and discerning population. If you’re thinking of paying this amazing city a visit, be sure to indulge your creative side with shows, lectures and gallery tours. Whether you’re an artist, performer, patron, or an avid fan, Denver welcomes you with a plethora of delights for your eyes and ears.

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