City to Lead Denver Performing Arts Complex Re-imagining Project
Mayor Michael B. Hancock will appoint an Executive Leadership Team of arts leaders, planning experts and Denver residents to launch a robust community input process and help determine a comprehensive vision for the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Arts & Venues announced today.
“Arts, culture and creativity help define our city,” Mayor Hancock said. “The Denver Performing Arts Complex and Boettcher Concert Hall are facing some challenges and so we are taking this opportunity to meet them head on and look to the future with a new, shared vision.”
The Leadership Team will engage the community through public meetings, outreach and telephone town halls in order to provide a path forward for the continued success of the arts complex. The Leadership Team, working closely with Arts & Venues, will begin its work by Oct. 1.
The city’s Community Planning and Development department will also help coordinate a process to determine how the arts complex will enhance the neighborhood, including the Colorado Convention Center and parts of downtown adjacent to the performing arts complex.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to thoughtfully look at a large-scale plan that impacts other public spaces, conventioneers, the Auraria campus, vibrant downtown entertainment districts and, truly, the future of downtown Denver,” said Kent Rice, Executive Director of Denver Arts & Venues, which oversees the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Coliseum and other city venues and programs. “This is much larger than any single venue, and we’re looking forward to a robust discussion of the creative opportunities.”
For more information, please visit the Arts Complex Re-imagining Project page at ArtsandVenues.com.