Thursday, September 1, 2011


Annual Citywide Festival Offers Eight Days of Art Walks, Free "Night At The Museums," Cinema and More

DENVER, CO - September 1, 2011 - The fifth annual Denver Arts Week presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, from Nov. 4-12, 2011, will be an eight-day celebration of all things art, with more than 200 events - many of them free - at museums, theaters, galleries and art districts throughout the city.

Friday, November 4, 2011
Denver Arts Week kicks off with Know Your Arts First Friday, during which dozens of art galleries stay open late, offering live music, art demonstrations, food and drink, and a chance to interact with artists.

* Neighborhoods such as Cherry Creek North, Golden Triangle Museum District, Art District on Santa Fe, Navajo Street Arts District, Tennyson Street Cultural District, RiNo, Downtown Denver/LoDo and Belmar Block 7 will all participate.

* Many galleries will offer artwork for the special "mile high" price of $52.80. (Denver is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level - one mile high.)

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Always one of Arts Week's most popular events, 2010's Night at the Museums event generated more than 22,500 museum visits in one evening, and is based off of the ever-popular Lange Nacht der Museen event in Berlin, Germany.

* More than a dozen of the city's top museums, including the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the Molly Brown House Museum stay open until 10 p.m. for free, offering special programs, music and events.

* Free shuttle buses carry people from one museum to another throughout the night, making it easy to "museum-hop" around Denver's museums.

* In addition, six museums in Golden will participate, including: the Astor House Museum; Clear Creek History Park; Golden History Center; the American Mountaineering Museum; Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum; and the Foothills Art Center.

November 4-12, 2011
Rounding out the week is Denver's On Stage, wherein the performing arts organizations feature special deals and discounts for theater, dance, music and more.

* The Starz Denver Film Festival, which runs November 2-13, 2011, is a cinephile's paradise, with film premieres, seminars with guest actors and directors, and hundreds of film screenings and red carpet events.

In 2011, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts awarded the Impact Award to VISIT DENVER for Denver Arts Week. The award highlights innovative use of the arts to propel business strategies and success. The full release is available here.

"Denver Arts Week is a way to introduce residents and visitors to the Mile High City's cutting-edge creative community with discounted or free admissions to many of our beloved artistic attractions. It's a time when the whole city has a chance to 'think outside the box' for an inspiring eight-day celebration of the arts," says Jayne Buck, vice president of tourism for VISIT DENVER.

View a photo slideshow of Denver Arts Week 2010.

Watch video recaps of Denver Arts Week 2010 highlights.

Launching in October, a full list of 2011 activities will be posted and continually updated on the dedicated Denver Arts Week website. Additional activities and itineraries featuring cultural and art attractions, along with discounted hotel rates in Denver, are available on the VISIT DENVER website.