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Arts & Venues Denver Announces New Public Art Manager

New Manager Will Oversee 350+ Piece Collection


DENVER, CO, July 9, 2012 – Arts & Venues Denver is pleased to announce Michael Chavez as the new Denver Public Art Program Manager. Chavez will oversee the City’s extensive public art collection and future commissions, while aligning ongoing program initiatives to the mission of Arts & Venues Denver, and the City and County of Denver.


Michael Chavez is a creative visual arts professional with 18 years of extensive experience in all aspects of leadership, planning, exhibitions and cultural community engagement.  He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas.  Chavez has been a strong advocate in the Colorado art community for over eight years through his work as Curator of Foothills Art Center in Golden and as Exhibition Designer at the Arvada Center.  In addition, he has served as a juror for dozens of exhibitions, arts festivals and public art commissions.


“Michael will be a fantastic asset to the Denver public art team. He will help drive the overall vision of the City’s vibrant public art collection,” said Ginger White, deputy director, Arts & Venues Denver. “His established roots in the community will also be an invaluable asset when engaging various neighborhoods, artists and creative groups.”


Chavez will officially join the Arts & Venues Denver team at 1245 Champa Street on Monday, July 16, 2012.


“I am thrilled to join the exceptionally dynamic team at Arts & Venues Denver,” said Chavez. “I plan to continue the legacy of bringing highly acclaimed, engaging art to public spaces throughout Denver and deepening the community’s enjoyment and understanding of this renowned collection.”



For more information on Denver’s Public Art Program, please call 720-865-4313 or visit



Arts & Venues Denver’s mission is to enhance Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, artworks and entertainment opportunities. The department seeks to maximize synergies and will continue to oversee public arts, city permitting Create Denver Week, One Book One Denver, and staple programming including Five Points Jazz Festival. Additionally, Arts & Venues will oversee many of Denver’s most sophisticated, high-profile facilities including the Denver Center Performing Arts Complex, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Coliseum and the newly acquired Crossroads Theatre.





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