Denver Arts & Venues

Colorado Photographic Arts Center / From the Hip Photo

Colorado Photographic Arts Center executive director Samantha Johnston says their mission is all about art.

"We are supporting the arts, the photographic arts specifically, through education, exhibitions, and community outreach," says Johnston.

The center, founded in 1963, serves as a dedicated photography space in Denver.

Stacy Nick / KUNC

You may know Chris Daniels best as the energetic frontman for blues band Chris Daniels & The Kings, but lately it’s other people’s music that’s been on his mind.

Daniels is the new executive director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

Jay Goldman/Creative Commons

In the concert industry, Colorado has long been considered a “flyover state,” but Denver still ranks in the top 10 for the amount of live music.

Joan Marcus/Courtesy of DCPA

When general admission seats for “Hamilton” go on sale Jan. 22 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a lot of fans will be online taking their shot at tickets. Unfortunately, they won’t be the only ones.

With such a high-demand show, third-party ticket brokers will also eagerly be looking for ways to get their hands on tickets. Lots of tickets. The brokers use online bots to purchase large blocks of tickets and then resell them, often on websites designed to look like they are affiliated with the venue, said John Ekeberg, executive director of DCPA’s Broadway division.

The first tip-off: an exorbitant price tag.

“If it seems too expensive, there’s a good chance that it is,” Ekeberg said.

Courtesy Meow Wolf

It’s official: Meow Wolf Denver will open in 2020.

At 90,000 square feet, the arts collective’s first permanent exhibition outside of its Santa Fe home will be more than three times the size of the original space. Inside, it will continue the group’s style of “maximalist storytelling” through bright and bold installations from local artists.

Courtesy of Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheater is instituting new ticketing and seating procedures to improve access for fans with disabilities and to reduce ticket fraud.

Beginning with the 2018 concert season, seats in the first four rows -- including the handicapped-accessible section -- must be used by the ticket purchaser. Officials say those seats are the most likely to be purchased by ticket bots and then resold at higher prices on the secondary market.

Tom Tomkinson / Outside Lands Festival

You may not know the name Superfly. But you probably know at least one of the music festivals they’ve started. They’re behind Nashville, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.

For the last three years, Superfly has had its eye and ear on Colorado for its next project.

“Denver is one of the best music markets -- if not the best -- in the entire country,” said Superfly co-founder Rick Farman. “Pound for pound, I think it’s arguably the best and on par with New York and LA, San Francisco and Chicago.”

Courtesy of Urban Art Fund

Recent incidents of vandalism badly damaged several murals along the popular Cherry Creek Trail in Denver. The murals are part of the Urban Arts Fund -- a program intended to deter vandalism.

“We’ve found that if you take away that blank wall, usually taggers prefer a blank canvas,” said Michael Chavez is Denver’s Public Art program manager. “They don’t usually vandalize an existing mural.”

Courtesy of Denver Art Museum

Hiring an architect to renovate a building is nothing new. But what happens when the building itself is a work of art?

That’s the challenge for Boston-based Machado Silvetti Architects and Denver’s Fentress Architects. The firms are taking on the renovation of the Denver Art Museum’s iconic North Building.

“It’s uniquely stressful,” joked Jeffry Burchard, an architect with Machado, which specializes in museums. “It’s kind of in our wheelhouse, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less hard of a thing to take on.”

Darlene St. John / Darlene St. John Photography

Voters are being asked to create $6.6 million a year for arts and culture groups in Larimer County. But the number that has these groups most excited is zero.

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