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 Night Lights Denver 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. In 2017, we worked with Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to determine our actual impact, and it’s only grown from here:

$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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August

“Are We Still Cool?” by Christina Pittaluga

Are We Still Cool?

Christina Pittaluga

August 1 – September 1, 2020

Are We Still Cool? Is a project focusing on the lack of representation for Men of color in art as well as a conversation starter for the topic of toxic masculinity in POC communities. Putting men of color in scenarios and poses that wouldn’t normally be deemed “masculine” or “strong” yet it still showcases the power they hold regardless of their attire and surroundings.

This project is accompanied by a behind the scenes video that shows some of the interview process where the models were asked questions about love, intimacy, self care and mental health. This series aims to start important dialogue about representation in art and mental health in POC communities, specifically with men of color. Read the articles and watch the video for a more in depth behind the scenes!

THIS PROJECT WAS BROUGHT TO LIFE BY CHRISTINA PITTALUGA AND MADE POSSIBLE BY:

Photo and Editing Team: THE AMAZING MICHAEL BOARD II AND NADIYA JACKSON

Models:

JAY CRUZ
KEVIN QUINN MARCHMAN
RYAN FOO
MINGZEN FOO MONTOYA
FRONZO D. GILKEY
MYKAIL COOLEY

PHIL ANDERSON
JADEN ANDERSON
LESTER MEYERS
DANNY RAMOS
EDDIE LEWIS
ULISES SANCHEZ
MICHAEL BOARD II
TYRIQ SWINGLER
KHALIL ARCADY

Public Hours: This is a “fishbowl” style exhibition and can be viewed from the outside anytime.

Additional Programming: Be sure to visit the website to see the full Are We Still Cool? photo series and to purchase a print of your favorite artwork.

Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all.

Biography

Christina Pittaluga is an actor, writer, producer, creative director, teaching artist, stylist and multimedia artist born and raised in Denver, CO. In 2014, she joined The Black Actors Guild. Although she started as an intern, her ideas, quick wit and hark work earned her the title of Director of Creative Content with the Guild. She has been blessed to experience the art scenes of both Colorado and New York City. She continues to use her knowledge of theatre and styling to enhance the artistic opportunities given to her.

Artist’s Website: https://www.blackactorsguild.org/articles/arewestillcool or find Christina on Instagram @tina_danielle_cari 

Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the Shantell Martin art bench.

Board and Executives

Brent FarberDTD Committee Chair & Chairman, Elevation Development

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 BuckRepresentative, 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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