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Tours + Events

Preconference Events: [ Saturday 9/30-Monday 10/2 ]   [ Monday 10/2 ]

Afternoon Tours + Workshops: [ Wednesday 10/4 ]   [ Thursday 10/5 ]

Evening Events: [ Monday 10/2 ]   [ Tuesday 10/3 ]   [ Thursday 10/5 ]

Preconference Extended Field Trip


Anderson Ranch Arts Center Field Trip | Saturday, September 30 – Monday, October 2

If you're looking to take advantage of being in Colorado for the spectacular colors of the Aspen trees in autumn, consider attending Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Preconference Field Trip in Snowmass Village (4 hour ride in a comfort shuttle from Denver). Depart Denver at 1pm on Saturday, September 30th and return to Denver on Monday October 2nd in time for the Annual Conference opening reception!

Nestled among the pristine peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center campus is comprised of 14 ranch buildings on five beautifully kept acres. For 50 years, the Ranch has been a welcoming community, providing time and space for artists to learn, create and be inspired. This extended field trip includes an Anderson Ranch studio tour, panel discussion with past residents and a copper plate etching workshop. Plus free time to explore Aspen! On the way back to Denver on Monday, tour Powers Art Center, the home of the largest private Jasper Johns Collection in the world.

Discounted Ranch package: $365 per person.
Includes: two nights of lodging (shared double), Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Monday breakfast; ranch tour, residency panel discussion, hands-on printmaking project, tour of Powers Art Center, Carbondale and transportation.

Please note: This optional preconference excursion is hosted and organized by Anderson Ranch Arts Center. To learn more about the itinerary and to secure your spot, please contact Anderson Ranch at (970) 923-3181 and ask for the Front Desk.

Preconference Tour


Loveland Arts Tour | 11:30am - 4:30pm

Planning to be in Denver on Monday? Explore the foothills of Colorado during a special preconference afternoon in Loveland. Since 1972, bronze foundries like Art Castings of Colorado and Bronze Services of Loveland have been attracting artists from around the world. With the recent addition of Artspace and Artworks Loveland, adding over 50 working artists to Loveland's downtown sector, this community is being transformed by the arts in unexpected ways. Visit a nationally known bronze foundry in the historic downtown and learn the process of bronze casting. Then visit the resident studios at Artspace and Artworks to meet with participating musicians, poets and visual artists. The tour includes lunch and concludes with a delicious sampling of craft brews.

Separate registration is required ($40 fee) for this optional preconference tour. Loveland is about an hour from Denver. Transportation, lunch and a drink are included!

Afternoon Conference Tours + Workshops

During the conference, explore Denver's neighborhoods, art centers and studios! Space is limited on many tours - sign up during registration to reserve your spot. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance. One tour on Wednesday 10/4 and one tour on Thursday 10/5 are included in your registration.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop + Wonderbound

Wonderbound is an American dance company hoping to re-imagine how the performing arts are created, supported and shared in a rapidly evolving world. Lighthouse Writers Workshop is the largest literary arts center in the Rocky Mountain West. The programs boast impressive individual programs as well as unexpected collaborations. Spend an afternoon hearing the story behind the inventive residencies at each center while touring the center's distinct spaces - the historic Milheim House and the open-air "Junction Box." You will see excerpts from Garrett Ammon's, world premier of Celestial Navigation, take part in a creative movement session and delight in short readings from Lighthouse's Young Author's Collective.

Local Artists, Public Housing + Education - A National Model

The Mariposa Service Providers is an award-winning, public-private partnership through the Denver Housing Authority that places youth arts programming at the core of urban development. An inventive model that has earned national attention, this new community development now supports five youth arts nonprofits engaging more than 2000 teens each year. Meet mentor artists and teens - and hear about exciting work from a culinary academy to the youth-driven music/audio training center happening at Youth on Record, Art from Ashes, Arts Street and Osage Cafe.

Golden Triangle Public Art Walking Tour

Explore the Golden Triangle, Denver's arts and cultural district just steps from the History Colorado Center, during a public art walking tour. This leisurely stroll showcases a broad array of the city's historic and contemporary public artworks – from the classic 20th century bronze sculptures of Alexander Proctor's On the War Trail and Broncho Buste to The Yearling, a beloved big red chair topped by miniature horse. Public art experts from Denver Arts + Venues will lead the tour, sharing background on this city's public art plan and showcasing work in and around Denver's Civic Center, Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library. The tour ends at the new Art Hotel for refreshments and lively discussion.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance leverages the universal language of dance to honor African American heritage, explore the human condition and offer a transformative experience through physical movement. Beginning as a grass roots organization in 1970, the Center has grown into one of the region's foremost cultural performing arts organizations with a long history of serving the needs of the community. Spend an afternoon with ensemble dancers, tour the 24,000 square-foot facility - once the historic Shorter A.M.E. Church now transformed into dance studios, classrooms and theaters - and learn the history of jazz, dance and performing arts in Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood.

Native Arts + Creative Residencies at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) knows artists play a critical role in re-imagining the museum environment, inspiring visitors to explore their own creativity, and inviting conversations that ignite new connections between art objects and the world around them. Go behind the scenes with DAM staff to hear about the museum's innovative artist platforms including their two embedded residency programs: Creative in Residence program and the Native Arts Artist in Residency program. Take a tour of several of the Museum's studio and residency spaces and interact with projects along the way. Learn how resident artists have pushed the notions of what a museum can be — for the visitor and for the institution itself. Things will get creative and maybe a little messy too!


Rocky Mountain Land Library

Spend an afternoon at the new urban branch of the Rocky Mountain Land Library in Denver's historic Puritan Pie Factory. A network of land-study centers stretching from the Headwaters of South Park to the metro-Denver plains, Rocky Mountain Land Libraries are united by the common purpose of connecting people to nature and the land. Hear the story behind the project and how the RMLL team is engaging a network of artists, scientists, naturalists and book lovers to build more resilient communities and greater advocacy around land issues. The afternoon will include an urban cloud workshop and piece of delicious Puritan Pie!

RedLine, PlatteForum + The Temple

Visit two powerhouses of artistic production in Denver's River North Art District of Denver (RiNo) neighborhood. PlatteForum supports contemporary artists and youth through innovative, long-term arts programs that allow youth to work side-by-side with artists in residence set in The Temple. Learn about PlatteForum's residencies and meet artists from this historic temple turned contemporary artists' haven now supporting 30 individual artist studios and creative nonprofits. RedLine Contemporary Art Center fosters education and engagement between artists and communities through two year residencies to create positive social change. Join the whirldwind tour that will end with the celebratory closing party in RedLine's galleries.

Accessibility note: RedLine + PlatteForum are ADA accessible; however, the Temple studios at PlatteForum are not ADA accessible.

MCA Denver | Saber Acomodar

Founded in 1996, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (or MCA Denver as it's known locally) is Denver's first institution dedicated to contemporary art. MCA Denver proudly presents work from cutting edge artists of Mexico and Latin America. Meet with MCA's curators for a lively tour of the museum's new exhibit - Saber Acomodar. A celebration and investigation of the work carried out in studios and artisanal centers throughout Jalisco, Mexico, the exhibit brings together 100 years of rich collaborations between artists working in pottery, carpentry, blacksmith, jewelry, sign painting and printing, mixing contemporary ideas and ancestral techniques. After the tour, head up to MCA's popular roof deck to enjoy libations and catch elevated views of the city.

Santa Fe Art District Mural Tour

Join Museo de las Americas for a Parranda Mural Crawl in the historic Santa Fe Art District. Museo celebrates the diversity of Latino Americano art and culture from ancient to contemporary. Starting at the steps of the museum, the tour will highlight the historical richness of mural art and its role in Denver's larger community movements. Discover the boulevard's historical and in-progress murals, pop in to key cultural centers and hear from mural artist, Josiah Lopez!


Evening Events

These vibrant gatherings are a staple of the conference. Open to all attendees!

Denver Arts + Venues McNichols Building | 6pm - 8pm
144 West Colfax, Denver, CO

Help us kick off the 2017 Conference in style! Connect with old friends and make new ones during the festive opening reception at this contemporary Denver hub for arts, culture and events in a stunning Greek Revival building.

Free for attendees! Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Clyfford Still Museum | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO

"I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse together into a living spirit." - Clyfford Still

Celebrate during a fun, not-to-miss night of music, food and reveling in the arts. Come see one the most exciting museums in the country - recently called "a knockout" by the Los Angeles Times. Explore the Clyfford Still collection and unwind on the expansive front lawn! 

Free for attendees! Cash bar and desserts will be served.


RedLine Contemporary Art Center | 5pm - 7pm
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO

Buses provided from the tours and back to the Holiday Inn Express

Close out the conference with a special party at RedLine. Peak into resident artist studios and explore this dynamic platform for creativity and entrepreneurship. Join us for chill music, delicious food and a super group photo, along with special recognitions!

Free for attendees! Beer/wine, food and music!

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