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Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and Division of Theatres and Arenas Officially Merge to Become Arts & Venues Denver
By Peyton Jeter
Tuesday, May 24, 2011


DENVER, CO — May 10, 2011 — Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal officially announced the merger between the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) and the City’s Division of Theatres and Arenas at an Open House today that showcased the historic Quigg Newton Denver Municipal Auditorium’s unique event spaces including the new Better Denver Bond funded Studio Loft. The merged group, Arts & Venues Denver, becomes official Wednesday, June 1.

“Arts & Venues Denver offers many benefits to the City and County of Denver,” said Mayor Bill Vidal. “The merger is anticipated to save the City’s General Fund $1.2 million per year and it will improve the effectiveness of the cultural services we offer the residents and visitors of Denver who enjoy our world-class venues, arts and free programming.”

The former Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) staff will move to 1245 Champa Street on Thursday, May 19. The departments’ goals, programming, combined staff, contact information and ongoing responsibilities will all remain the same.

The Open House where the announcement was made featured the event spaces within the historic Quigg Newton building – the Nathaniel Merrill Founders Room, Chambers Grant Salon and the brand-new Studio Loft.

The Better Denver Bond funded Studio Loft is a build-out of the fourth-floor adjacent to the Ellie Caulkins Theater. The 8,100 square-foot room will be the new rehearsal space for the Colorado Ballet and Opera Colorado, as well as a rentable multi-purpose venue for receptions, lectures and small theatrical events.

The multi-purpose Studio Loft was designed with resilient wood floors, a wet bar, an audio-video system and a structural pipe grid for flexible lighting and sound production making it an ideal event space. Architecturally, the loft was designed to capture both the historic and modern elements of the Quigg Newton Denver Municipal Theatre. The rugged exterior masonry walls remain exposed and are contrasted with the refined whites, cherry red and silver colors of the new material. The new space is available for rental immediately. For more information and visuals visit: www.denvergov.org/betterdenverbond/newtontheatre.

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Arts & Venues Denver’s mission is to enhance Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, artworks and entertainment opportunities. The department seeks to maximize synergies between the two departments and will continue to oversee public arts, city permitting Create Denver Week, One Book One Denver, and staple programming including Five Points Jazz Festival. Additionally, Arts & Venues will oversee many of Denver's most sophisticated, high-profile facilities including the Denver Center Performing Arts Complex, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Coliseum and the newly acquired Crossroads Theatre.

The City & County of Denver’s Better Denver Bond Program works to preserve, renovate and create amenities that touch residents’ lives – including roads, libraries, parks, recreation centers, child care sites, hospitals, city buildings, human services and cultural facilities. Approved by voters in 2007, the bond program generates millions of dollars into the economy, preserves and creates jobs and makes Denver a more attractive place to live, work, and invest in the future. For more information about the Better Denver Bond Program, visit www.denvergov.org/betterdenver.


  
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