Do you attend every show opening at Vintage Theatre? Think Denver leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to art exhibits? Let the people behind the city's art and culture know by filling out the Imagine Denver 2020 survey. Your feedback will help with the creation of an updated cultural plan (also called Imagine Denver 2020), which outlines a vision for the city's cultural scene as well as how that can be accomplished through monetary support, arts education, branding, and more.
Denver's last cultural plan is dated—it came out in 1989. According to Ginger White, deputy director of Arts & Venues, several valuable changes occurred in the city as a result of that blueprint: the one percent for public art ordinance, which has led to more than 100 public art pieces; the establishment of her organization, Arts & Venues; and a focus on celebrating the diversity in Denver's neighborhoods (which we see today with the River North Art District and the Art District on Santa Fe, among other areas).
"It's not just the city's role in trying to answer these questions," White says. "It's really the community's role. [We want to] co-create a plan with the community." That's why the free survey asks participants what they love about Denver, what the city's best-kept secrets are—and what barriers are preventing other things from moving forward. Says White: "If you want Denver to continue to be cool and hip and a place that's interesting and fun and innovative, this is going to help advance that vibe."
The questionnaire doesn't have an official end date, but White is asking for people to complete it by Friday, May 17. The cultural plan will be released in the fall, with a launch party during the annual Denver Arts Week in November.
Need an extra nudge? Complete the survey and you'll be entered into a drawing for tickets to Red Rocks, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and more.
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