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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May

Night Cream

Night Cream

Hardly Soft

USA 2019

Hardly Soft presents Night Cream, an exhibition that explores a balance of contrasts by examining methods of adaptation, friction, and collaboration. Hard lines saturated with soft hues transform through a series of constraints as they face odd angles and weight that is both physical and symbolic. When opposites attract tension expands then folds as the other becomes more familiar.

Hardly Soft, started in 2018, is a collaboration featuring Amber Cobb and Mario Zoots. While young in its inception Hardly Soft is seasoned well with ripened immaturity.

“Night Cream” will premiere at Understudy on May 9th, 2019, with a reception on May 11th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. 

Open installation hours are Thursday through Saturday 12:00 – 5:00pm, May 9th – May 25th, unless otherwise noted below:

Thursday, 5/9 12 – 5pm
Friday, 5/10 12 –  5pm
Saturday, 5/11 6 – 10pm*
Wednesday, 5/15 6 – 8pm*
Thursday, 5/16 12 – 5pm
Friday, 5/17 12 – 5pm
Saturday, 5/18 12 – 5pm
Thursday, 5/23 12 – 5pm
Friday, 5/24 12 – 5pm
Saturday, 5/25 4 – 8pm*

Understudy is free-to-visit.

Biography

Amber Cobb is an artist working in sculpture, installation, painting, and drawing. Her current practice examines the primal and sensual nature of sexuality by addressing the intertwined relationship to the physical and psychological through abjection, attraction, and humor. Cobb has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in China (Hunan Province Art Museum in Kaifeng), Mexico (Galeria Hilario Galgura, Zona Maco, Dedazo Artist Residency), and in the United States (Untitled Miami, MCA Denver, Western Exhibitions Chicago, and Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX). Cobb’s mattress paintings were highlighted in New American Paintings, #114 and her solo show Solace was reviewed in Sculpture Magazine their May 2016 issue. Cobb is represented by Gray Contemporary in Houston, TX and by Gildar Gallery in Denver, CO.

Mario Zoots (b.1981) lives and works in Denver, Colorado and received his Masters of Art from the University of Denver. Zoots’ work has been exhibited throughout the US, including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Scope Art Fair Miami Beach. Since 2010 he has exhibited internationally including a site specific installation at the Museum of Image + Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Zoots has exhibited at Preteen Gallery in Mexico City and at Arcadia Missa in London. In August of 2013 Mario participated in the Biennial of the Americas.

http://www.mariozoots.com/

http://www.ambercobb.com/

Instagram: @hardlyeversoft & @amberdcobb & @zoots

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

Ginger White-BrunettiExecutive 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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