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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October

Shantell Martin Art Installation

Beginning October 16, over the course of four to six days, internationally renowned artist Shantell Martin will create one of her signature black-and-white drawings on the streets of the Denver Theatre District (DTD), covering an area on 14th Street from Stout to Champa, wrapping around Champa, and including the entire outdoor plaza of the Colorado Convention Center.

DTD presents Martin’s installation as part of its Terra Firma series to enliven a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental art and culture events and experiences. The series, including Martin’s installation, is curated by NINE dot ARTS.

“My work is a meditation of drawn lines – a language of characters, creatures and messages that invites the community to share in the creative process,” said Martin. “I’m excited to bring this work to downtown Denver where I will create not only my largest and most public-facing installation to date, but also the first on the ground.”

In addition to the ground drawing, Martin has designed a sculptural bench that will read “DON’T HIDE + YOU ME” to be installed near the Colorado Convention Center entrance on 14th Street.

The installation will remain for two to three years, maintained through a protective coat and upkeep by the Denver Theatre District. For a shorter period of time, DTD will feature Shantell’s art on the triple billboard on the corner of 13th Street and Champa Street.

For more information on The Denver Theatre District and Martin’s installation, visit denvertheatredistrict.com. Follow DTD on Facebook and Instagram (@DenverTheatreDistrict). Engage in the conversation about Shantell Martin’s installation using the hashtags #ShantellMartin, #AreYouYou and #DenverTheatreDistrict.

Learn more about Shantell: https://shantellmartin.art/

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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