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INSPIRE Arts Week from June 5 -15

Lakewood hosts third annual INSPIRE Arts Week


Lakewood’s Heritage, Culture and the Arts will host INSPIRE Arts Week from Wednesday, June 5 to Saturday, June 15 with a broad array of free and discounted events presented by art and cultural organizations throughout the city.


The 11-day event showcases the vibrant and rich arts culture that exists in metro-Denver’s third largest community.  Seventeen organizations participate in INSPIRE by producing more than 30 events and exhibits during the 11-day event.  The new West Rail Line makes it even easier for metro area residents to come west to experience this smorgasbord of cultural activities.


The week kicks off with the FREE Lakewood Symphony’s open dress rehearsal, 7:30 – 10 p.m., Wednesday, June 5 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. This special behind-the-scenes look gives you a sneak peek at how a symphony comes together in time for the big performance.  Return the following evening for the symphony’s “Lasting Impressions” concert, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, tickets $15.


Don’t miss Lakewood’s Rockin’ Block Party, 5 – 11 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St.  This FREE event features fun and games starting at 5 p.m., a live band at 7:30 p.m. and movie under the stars with “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” starting at 9 p.m.  Fun for the whole family!


Visit the Edge Theatre’s new home in the 40 West Arts District at 1560 Teller St. and catch a performance of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” running June 7 – 10.  At the 40 West Arts Gallery, check out the Recycled Art Vivid Color Exhibit opening Friday, June 7.


Don’t miss the FREE Lakewood Art Council’s 25th Anniversary celebration, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13 at its Community Arts Center, 85 S. Union Blvd.


For a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets, visit www.Lakewood.org/Inspire, or visit the websites of the participating organizations.  For more detailed information, please contact Curator Lorene Joos at 303-987-7844.


Participating organizations include the City of Lakewood, Anam Cara Studio and Gallery, the Lakewood Symphony, Jefferson County Public Library, Badger’s Split Screen, 40 West Arts, Belmar Music on the Plaza, Edge Theatre, Lakewood Historical Society, Grupo Folklorico, Lakewood Sister Cities, Lakewood Art Council, West Colfax Community Association, Rockley Music Center, Belmar Block 7, True Colors Studio/Gallery and Performance Now Theatre Company.


INSPIRE Arts Week grew from Lakewood’s participation in a long-term planning and visioning process for arts and culture for the city that was supported by the then Colorado Council on the Arts (now Colorado Creative Industries).




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