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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Illuminati DIA

Illuminati DIA is a site specific installation by Denver based artist Ramón Bonilla on view at Understudy from July 6th, 2018 – July 27, 2018. Open hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

Illuminati DIA is an immersive space slightly inspired by Denver’s airport surrounding conspiracy speculations and by the current perception of legitimate and illegitimate knowledge. The concepts examined through Illuminati DIA resonate through its space in the form of wall and window murals, audiovisual and tridimensional elements as well as the use of light.

Merging seemingly incompatible concepts into an experiential environment that is visionary as well as mundane; Illuminati DIA deals with concepts of utopia, survivalism, alienation and existentialism mainly through a formal and minimal visual approach. Think of it as an esoteric vivarium meets a dystopian man-cave meets a trendy bunker.

Moreover, in order to break the passivity of the spectator; play and entertainment interactive components such as a video game, a ping pong table and a tape deck as well as a library of cassettes and books related to the installation concepts are included as part of the environment. Through Illuminati DIA the fragility and inaccuracies of our present reality are approached subtly and even in absurd ways.

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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