Art for Everyone

The Denver Theatre District enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental arts and culture events and experiences. We provide creatives with a platform and financial support for sharing their work.

Many of our events and programs, such as Supernova and Understudy, become woven into the fabric of downtown or spark ideas and trends in other cities.

We formed the Denver Theatre District to bring light, art and activity to the streets of downtown Denver. The DTD launched as a public-private partnership backing the idea that managed outdoor media could support downtown activity and bring exciting unique urban experiences to the public. Over the years the DTD became a key participant in the downtown environment and a force in Denver’s artistic community.

we give people a reason to come downtown, be part of the city and have fun.

Impact

The DTD leaves a lasting impact on the Denver and artistic community through a revenue share model that is the first of its kind in the nation. Our media companies sell corporate advertising on the static and LED screens located throughout the district. We take a revenue share from those sales to fund art and cultural activities for the public. Recently, we worked with Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to determine our actual impact:

$1,000,000+

SPENT on District art and cultural activation

$250,000+

in DONATED LED screen time and billboard space to nonprofit arts organizations

160+

experience-based events LAUNCHED OR SUPPORTED

370,000+

visitors DRAWN downtown for unique cultural experiences

What’s Next

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December

Joshua Ware’s URBAN AGGREGATE

URBAN AGGREGATE

Joshua Ware

USA 2018

Urbanscapes provide a centrally-located space for people to coalesce: a place where we can exchange ideas, experiences, intimacies, and aesthetics. At its best, such spaces provide us with the ability to express our identities and beliefs, while simultaneously better understanding those of others. At its worst, these spaces become an echo-chamber for dominant modes of thought that reinforce traditional hierarchies. As such, urbanscapes can be thought of as contested zones that possess the ability to promote social and cultural diversity or, conversely, limit the scope of human imagination and intelligence. To this end, residents of (and visitors to) a particular urbanscape determine its social, cultural, aesthetic, and economic mores.

If the residents of an urbanscape truly do determine, or at very least, shape social and cultural relationships, aesthetics, and economics, then it is the hope of URBAN AGGREGATE that forward-thinking and socially-minded artists living in Denver can discover new ways of constructing them. In doing so, alternative solutions to your city’s civic problems, more nuanced understandings of one another’s differences, and new creative realities can develop in order to positively affect Denver’s complex milieu of socioeconomic and demographic contingencies.

URBAN AGGREGATE will be open 12:00pm – 5:00pm daily December 4th through December 31st (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Additionally, there will be special events on the following days:

December 8, 2018, 5pm: Opening reception
December 8, 2018, 7pm: Death Horse ft. Alyse Knorr, Natalie Sharp, and Mathias Svalina

December 13, 2018, 6pm: Tedious ft. Moe Gram, Robyn Frances, Susan Sahab, Kaitlyn Tucek, Eriko Tsogo

December 15, 2018, 7pm: Mother Ghosting, a film triptych by Serena Chopra

December 20, 2018, 7pm: At Root: The String Music of Joe Hay ft. Joe Hay, Brittany Hensley, Karli Rhind, Alyssa Maunders and Elizabeth Gergel

December 22, 2018, 6pm: Surface Tension ft. SDK and Esther Hernandez

Biography

Joshua Ware is an artist, writer, and art installer who was born and raised in Cleveland, OH; he has lived in Denver, CO since 2002. Ware’s artwork has shown in Denver, Boulder, Marfa, Santa Ana, and Norway. He is also the author of the books Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley, Unwanted Invention, and Vargtimmen. His art criticism and reviews appear online at Entropy magazine.

Instagram: @joshua.ware

URL: www.joshua-ware.com

Entropy: https://entropymag.org/author/joshuaware/

Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the B-Cycle station next to the light rail tracks or Shantell Martin’s art bench.

Board and Executives

Randy NicholsDTD Committee Chair

Lance ZanettAssistant General Manager, Colorado Convention Center

Tami DoorPresident/CEO, Downtown Denver Partnership Inc

Kent RiceExecutive Director, Denver Arts and Venues

Brian KittsDirector, Marketing & Communications, Denver Arts & Venues

Jayne BuckVice President of Tourism, Visit Denver

Tim VaccaDirector of Programs, Museum of Outdoor Art

Mark CallaghanBroker Associate, Coldwell Banker Devonshire

Margaret HuntDirector Public Policy and Creative Districts, Colorado Creative Industries

David EhrlichExecutive Director

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