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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November

Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service

The Dream Delivery Service takes subscribers and writes and delivers dreams to their doors every day for one month. Subscribers within a four-mile radius of Understudy will receive dreams delivered by bike before dawn; subscribers outside of the radius will receive dreams by mail. Artist Mathias Svalina writes and delivers all dreams. The Understudy space will feature interactive and collaborative dreaming and biking events.

With the Dream Delivery Service, Svalina writes & delivers dreams to subscribers every day for a month. To nearby subscribers, Svalina hand-delivers the dreams—brief surrealist narratives he writes & encloses in small pink envelopes–to their doors, biking through the empty streets of Denver before dawn.

Svalina started the Dream Delivery Service 2014, hoping to devise a new sort of relationship with a reader, a new kind of reading intimacy. In addition to his delivery service, throughout November Svalina will meet visitors & transcribe their dreams to collect in The Big Book of Denver Dreams, & host events of embodied dream-logic in the Understudy space, bringing the personal framework of the dream into social settings.

This installation will occupy the space throughout November and features the following special events at Understudy (890 C 14th Street):

11/21, 6:30-8:30pm ——— DREAMEANING: A Night of Collaborative Dream Divination

Like speed-dating for dreams, like a social cartography of the unconscious, like a nest of knotting images, DREAMEANING asks you to offer your weirdest dreams up to a room of amateur interpreters. Join us for this joyous celebration of the weird things our brains do.

Come with a dream in mind to share with kind strangers. Bring that dream, your interpretive prowess, & a healthy sense of wonder. Expect a bit of chance absurdity along the way.

11/30, 6:30-8:30 ———— The Dream Feast

Join us for a buffet of phantasmagorical, visionary, & absurd foods to celebrate the closing of the Dream Delivery Service’s residency at Understudy. The feast will feature foods to nourish the mind’s ridiculous innovations. Food to upturn food. Food embodying the logic of dreams.

We will provide the center dish & side dishes: Slow-Roasted Iconography, Baked Fog, Lost Cat Poster Soup, & Watch-Kabobs Garnished with Debt.

Beyond that, the feast is a potluck of dreams. We invite you to fix a dream recipe.

  • The recipe could be some food you once dreamed, or that you dream up in prophetic silliness.
  • The recipe could use titles or inspiration from Salvador Dali’s cookbook such as The Tripe of Yesteryear, Bush of Crayfish in Viking Herbs, or Salad Composed according to Alexandre Dumas.
  • The recipe could come from those generated by AI neural networks Janelle Shane created (lewisandquark.tumblr.com) such as Whole Chicken Cookies, Chrest Chunch Pecan Pie with Pistachio, Cherry Fruit with Doven Rolls, Crockpot Cold Water, & everyone’s favorite seasonal classic: Beasy Mist.

Many dream dishes are not for eating. Don’t come hungry. Though edible beverages & light snacks from the waking world will be available.

This event is the closing party for the Dream Deliver Service’s November residency at Understudy.

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

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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