Get Ready for the First Ever 16th Street Mall Festival of the Arts
Counting down the days for every first Friday of the month? Can’t get enough of the art events held throughout Denver’s multiple hot spots? This event is right up your alley! The Downtown Denver Partnership is thrilled to announce the first ever 16th Street Mall Festival of the Arts, brought to you by the Santa Fe Art District and the Denver Theatre District.
On Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the festival will assemble between the blocks of Curtis Street and Stout Street on the 16th Street Mall. This event is free and open to the public and art will be for sale to the public.
The festival features artists and galleries from Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and as part of the celebration, performances and demonstrations will be held every hour on the hour at the performance circle located on the south side of Champa Street. Performances include: magic; dance; music; art demonstrations; character actors; etc. Additionally, videos will display on the Denver Theatre District’s LED screen at 16th and Champa.
“We are thrilled to launch this event with Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe,” said David Ehrlich, Executive Director of the Denver Theatre District. “Bringing local art and doings to the streets of downtown is part of our mission, and combining art, activity and our LED screen on the 16th Street Mall will highlight downtown Denver’s unique vibrancy and assets.”
Award-winning artists and galleries, whose works are in prestigious private and public collections nationally and internationally, will be represented at the festival. Mediums include: painting; sculpture; photography; drawing; textiles; metal and wood works; ceramics; jewelry; etc.
Participating artists/galleries are as follows:
• Artists on Santa Fe Gallery and Studios
• Art Students League of Denver
• Buxiejo Gallery
• Click Representatives
• Colorado Voice Clinic & Gallery (Cheryl Opperman)
• Consortium 816
• Core New Art Space (2 adjacent booths)
• Creative Living Interior/Exterior Decor (2 adjacent booths)
• Emerge Gallery
• Georgia Amar Fine Art
• Glovinsky Gallery
• Lisa Purdy & Malcolm Murray Studio
• Niza Knoll Gallery
• Reed Photo Imaging (Barb Pullin)
• Sarah Barth Images
• Spark Gallery
• Sync Gallery (Bob Jewett)
“Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe is excited to team with its downtown neighbors to activate the 16th Street Mall with fine art, performances, demonstrations and videos,” stated Jack Pappalardo, president of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. “This collaboration provides a new opportunity for our artists and galleries, as well as a fresh cultural experience for Denver’s urban core workers and visitors. It’s a natural partnership we intend to grow.”
Festival parking will be available at Standard Parking at Independence Plaza, 1050 17th Street. The entrance to the parking garage is located on Curtis Street, between 16th Street and 17th Street, on the left hand side. Rates will be set at $3.00 for the festival.
Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (DADSF) is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Santa Fe Drive as a unique art and cultural district, and furthering the arts and art education in the metropolitan community. DADSF was formally designated a Colorado Creative District in 2012 by Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and Governor John W. Hickenlooper. The mission of the Denver Theatre District is to facilitate “Bright Lights” signage and activation downtown, stimulate economic activity and promote the arts within the Downtown Denver Theatre District geographic boundaries.
Festival of the Arts
Friday, September 14 – Saturday, September 15
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
16th Street Mall, Denver, between the blocks of Curtis Street and Stout Street
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The inaugural 16th Street Mall Festival of the Arts is presented by Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and the Denver Theatre District. Additional sponsors include: Downtown Denver Business Improvement District; Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.; and Standard Parking.