Elevating and Integrating Denver’s Artists and Culturals
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
- John F. Kennedy
I am proud of the all the work I’ve gotten to do on behalf of Denver’s artists, and of the investments made in public art and cultural destinations – investments by both the public and private sector have added texture to the Denver experience. That said, we have more work to do – nurturing our local artists, fighting for cultural opportunities for all, and work to continue to embed art and culture in the neighborhoods via everything from urban murals to artist live-work spaces. Investments in art and culture bring tremendous community value: to advance equity through a local voice, to build attachment and pride for a neighborhood, and to add to the beauty of our built environment. Most promising, research going back a decade shows a link between these artistic assets and improved social infrastructure, which improves public safety and community connection at the most local level.