On our Block: The Bug Theatre, Clear Creek Jewelry School, Coucou, Pinwheel Coffee. Please check them out and tell them we sent you!
The Bug Theatre
Originally built in 1912 as a nickelodeon movie house, the theatre now known as The Bug survived multiple incarnations and more than 25 years of dormancy before local artists Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer renovated the building in 1994 and founded the Bug Performance & Media Art Center (BPMAC), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Denver audiences by facilitating the development and presentation of diverse arts and cultural programming. Though recognized early on by the media as an important Denver alternative arts center, the organization floundered financially. In 1998, Donna Morrison and Alex Weimer took on the roles of Artistic Director and Technical Director, respectively, and founded the resident Bug Theatre Company (BTC). The company flourished and gained critical acclaim & financially stability.
Clear Creek Academy of Jewelry and Metal Arts
3648 Navajo Street is dedicated to teaching people of all ages how to make fine jewelry. Join them to stretch your imagination and explore your ability to achieve designs that you create. Their programs are designed to teach you the necessary fundamentals of all silver and goldsmithing.
A Designer Fashion & Ethical Ephemera Boutique.
Pinwheel Coffee is a cafe made and run by the students of Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School and Compass Montessori School. Their coffee shop is located on the SouthWest corner of 37th and Navajo Street–just a tiny hop from Zip37!
The following are museums and institutions you may be interested in visiting in Denver:
Museum of Contemporary Art
MCA Denver is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about art of our time.
The Denver Art Museum
Founded in 1893, the Denver Art Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of world art between Kansas City and the West Coast, with over 48,000 works of art. Its American Indian art collection is internationally renowned, and its pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collection is outstanding. Other collections include Painting & Sculpture, Asian, Architecture, Design & Graphics, Modern & Contemporary, and Textile Art. Contemporary and Modern collections are featured in the new Hamilton wing designed by architect Daniel Liebskind.
The Kirkland Museum
The Kirkland Museum has a nationally important display of 20th century decorative arts, with more than 3,300 works on view of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstatte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern and Pop Art. A major survey of Colorado Art history is documented, with over 170 artists represented by more than 700 works. The museum’s collections have a strong focus on the first three quarters of the 20th Century. The museum shows a retrospective of Colorado’s distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904-1982)
Following are some interesting art sources to stay on top of the art scene:
Access Arts’ ArtDeadline.com
The art world’s source for income and exhibition opportunities. A searchable database and magazine that lists local and national juried artist competitions, grants, call for entries, art jobs, art in public RFP’s, festivals, residencies, internships, fellowships, comprehensive artist support services and funding for art organizations.
Since 1995 Core77.com has served a devoted global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits.
A great website for information about art shows, exhibits and news in Denver.
Women’s Caucus for Arts
The Colorado Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art is based in Denver and provides a support network to artists in Colorado. We are an active chapter, holding regular meetings and events and offering encouragement, inspiration, networking and exhibition opportunities to members. Membership in WCA includes the opportunity to show individual artwork and collaborative group installations at galleries, universities, art centers and museums within and outside Colorado. We do not discriminate in any way shape or form, we have male members and welcome all Colorado artists to join.