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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Lull

Lull

Drew Austin

USA 2018

Informed by the onslaught of visual information bombarding the majority of Americans, Lull creates a space to find peace among the overwhelm. Video, installation, and sound collide to create an interior and exterior space that challenges viewers to comprehend their current reality, their perceived reality, and their created reality, at the same moment.

Using video as material, Austin focuses on everyday minutiae as a subject matter, which becomes layered and edited to create a visual collage of information. Both ambiguous and familiar, this video becomes the backdrop for an immersive installation that will utilize mirror mylar, light, and multiple channels of sound. The sound will test viewers, mixing audible cues from the projected video with an exterior cityscape, all with the underlying white noise created by nature. Warm bands of light will envelope the viewer and add to the projected video as well, further compounding visual information for the viewer to decipher within their current state of reality.

Thoughts on social media usage, interaction with technology, multiple screens and realities, as well as a desire to see beauty in the everyday sludge of information culminate in Lull.

“Lull” will premiere at Understudy on April 6, 2019, with a reception from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. A special performance by New Genres Collective will occur on April 13th from 8:00-10:00pm.

Open installation hours April 7 – April 28  7:00pm – 10:00pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Understudy is free-to-visit.

Biography

Drew Austin is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Denver, CO. He was raised in Montana and is a recent graduate of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, in Lakewood, CO.

Austin’s work uses an interdisciplinary method of creation to explore the things that we often can not see or understand. He uses abstraction as a means to create visual representations of the cosmos, quantum events, and biological forms as he understands them in relation to the rest of the universe.

Portrayed primarily through painting, sculpture, and light-based installation, Austin’s work functions as a conduit for understanding and comprehension of everyday things both large and small in a human dominated world.

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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