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, including Supernova, Oh Heck Yeah! and Derby Party, 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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September

Supernova Sept 23 2017

Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival

SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival returns as the ultimate international showcase for digital motion art. Presented in Downtown Denver, Colorado, Saturday September 23rd from 3pm – 10pm.

7 Hours of Digital Animation and Artworks will be presented simultaneously on the 14th and Champa Street L.E.D. screen and within the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria on a temporary screen, featuring seating, cash bar and a focal competition screening with major cash awards commencing at 7pm.

SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival, presented free to the public by Denver Digerati and the Denver Theatre District, is the most extensive forum in the world that celebrates creative advances in digital animation in an outdoor, major urban-core setting. The festival is recognized as one of the most innovative platforms for visual arts in Denver, and a singular experience for residents and visitors to the city to encounter on an annual basis. Fourteen straight hours of programming will be presented from 3-10pm on the massive LED screen located at 14th and Champa Street, as well as a large-format temporary LED installed with ample seating within the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria. 


SUPERNOVA’s robust slate of programs give an opportunity to dive deeply into what’s current within an ever expanding field of computer driven creativity and boundless imagination. Emerging artists shine alongside more advanced level and world renowned masters. Regional talent is intermixed with national artists as well as those from a wide variety of countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Iran, Italy, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, France, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Bulgaria and Belarus.

Programming is broken down into favorites such as Animation For All Ages, Abstraction Unbound and the ever popular Music Videos, all initiated in 2016. Expanded views of select artists oeuvres will be highlighted, including select works by the festival’s three outstanding guest jurors Faiyaz Jafri (NYC), Raquel Meyers (Madrid, Spain) and Peter Burr (NYC), as well as the mega-talented NYC / Tokyo studio Hibanana. This year’s solo artist spotlight will feature the unparalleled artwork of NYC based contemporary artist Jeremy Couillard, with 14 of his short-form, video-game inspired works presented in an hour length block sure to please audiences of all types and ages. SUPERNOVA tests new boundaries with sections dedicated to Real-Life Alternate-Realities, Experimental Art Interludes, Radical Vision / Dark Dreams and the Un-Natural World.

SUPERNOVA’s centerpiece is a competition section highlighting top entries that have been submitted for consideration over the last four months by artists from across the globe. Selected works are chosen for their ground-breaking techniques, visionary approach in using digital tools, and diversity of content in order to create a well-rounded experience. Winning entries will be honored with significant cash awards by our distinguished guest jurors, all who have proven the caliber of their work on Digerati’s LED platform in past years, and are celebrated worldwide for their pioneering work within the fields of new media, contemporary art, performance and digital motion graphics.

With approximately 140 shorts, ranging in length from 90 seconds to 26 minutes, SUPERNOVA is a feast for the senses and a fascinating, forward thinking experience that defines one of the most engaging fields of art today.

SUPERNOVA will also feature an all-day educational forum with special presentations by guest jurors Jafri, Meyers and Burr, Festival Director Ivar Zeile, as well as additional guest artists participating in a panel discussion. The free forum will take place in a location central to Downtown Denver to be determined and announced in early September. In addition, the Denver Film Society will host an evening with Faiyaz Jafri on Thursday, September 21st at the Sie FilmCenter at 7:30 pm, where he’ll present Neo-Archetypes & Hyper-Unrealism, an exclusive view of his award winning short films from the last five years and intimate discussion about digital craft in film.

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SUPERNOVA is presented by Denver Digerati with support from founding partners the Denver Theatre District and Denver Arts & Venues Next Stage NOW! CU Denver College of Arts & Media returns as the exclusive education sponsor. Community support new to the initiative in 2017 includes the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Film Society, CultureHaus at the Denver Art Museum, and ATC DEN, along with continuing partner the Biennial of the Americas. Additional financial support comes from Orange Barrel Media and L’Eagle Services, LLC.e. Use of the L.E.D. screens for SUPERNOVA is made possible by Branded Cities.

View the SUPERNOVA 2016 Festival Documentary on VIMEO athttps://vimeo.com/189657360

View the First-look SUPERNOVA 2017 Festival Teaser on VIMEO athttps://vimeo.com/229211019

Find out more at SUPERNOVADENVER.com or follow Denver Digerati on Facebook for daily updates

Board and Executives

Randy NicholsDTD Committee Chair

Deborah JordyExecutive Director, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District

Tami DoorPresident/CEO, Downtown Denver Partnership Inc

Kent RiceExecutive Director, Arts and Venues Denver

Ginger White BrunettiDeputy Director, Arts and Venues Denver

Jennifer NealsonDirector of Marketing, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Jayne BuckVice President of Tourism, Visit Denver

Tim VaccaDirector of Programs, Museum of Outdoor Art

Margaret HuntDirector Public Policy and Creative Districts, Colorado Creative Industries

David EhrlichExecutive Director

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