The seventh annual Denver Arts Week got off to a high flying start when Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock was strapped into a rig once used by local artist Vance Kirkland (1901-1981) at his studio on Pearl Street (pictured, photo credit: Stevie Crecelius). The contraption, now on display at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, allowed Kirkland to hover horizontally over some of his massive canvases, creating a unique way for him to paint huge artworks.

After giving it a try, Mayor Hancock said, “I think I prefer to look at art rather than try to paint it. And Denver Arts Week certainly gives you an opportunity to look at some amazing creativity in the Mile High City.”

The nine-day celebration of all things art runs from November 1-9, 2013 and features more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theatres and concert halls. Presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, many of the events are free or deeply discounted.

“The business of arts, culture and creativity helps define our city. Denver Arts Week is a great time to meet with local artists, explore neighborhoods, bring the family to 22 free museums on a Saturday night, attend hands-on workshops, and experience some wonderful theatre, dance and music,” Mayor Hancock said.

VISIT DENVER president & CEO Richard Scharf added, “The arts are a major component of what makes tourism the second largest industry in Denver. We created this week to celebrate the artists in our city and to make it easy for residents and visitors to get out and explore, experience and enjoy all the art that the Mile High City has to offer.

“New this year, we’re also inviting Denverites to create their own masterpieces and submit them in our Mile High Masterpiece Facebook contest,” stated Scharf. “Original photos, short videos and posters inspired by Denver can be submitted – which will then be voted on by the public through the VISIT DENVER Facebook page – to win cash prizes, and may even be featured in next year’s Denver Arts Week campaign.” The Mile High Masterpiece contest details can be found at denv.co/masterpiece2013.

All of the 300 arts-related events are listed at denverartsweek.com.

Some of the highlights include:

KNOW YOUR ARTS FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 1, 2013
Denver Arts Week kicks off with Know Your Arts First Friday, a “super-sized,” citywide First Friday street party where dozens of art galleries in seven neighborhoods stay open late, offering live music, art demonstrations, food and drink, and a chance to interact with artists. It’s the perfect introduction to the city’s creative community.
· Neighborhoods include the 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.
· 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.)
· Food trucks, buskers, street musicians, fire-eaters, and mimes will enliven the party atmosphere as thousands of people stroll neighborhoods and browse art.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS
Saturday, November 2, 2012
Denver Arts Week’s most popular event is back with 22 museums participating in 2013, all of them staying open from 5 to 10 p.m. on a Saturday night – for FREE! Even better, there are free shuttle buses to carry people from one museum to another, making it possible for families to “museum-hop.” Nearly 25,000 people have participated in previous Night at the Museums.
· Many of the museums will offer special programs, family-friendly activities and live music.
· All 22 museums will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. for free. Shuttle buses will stop at or near museums beginning at 5 p.m. from the Denver Art Museum (parking available in the Cultural Complex Garage) and also from a shuttle stop between the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Zoo. Museums on the four shuttle routes include: Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Molly Brown House Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Forney Museum of Transportation, Black American West Museum and the Children’s Museum of Denver, and others. Go to denverartsweek.com for the full list.
· Also participating, but not on the shuttle route, are: Four Mile Historic Park, the Littleton Museum, Dinosaur Ridge and more.
· An extra treat just before Night at the Museum begins, the historic McNichols Building in Civic Center Park will host “Chance to Dance,” with special performances by several top Denver-based dance organizations, free dance lessons and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DENVER’S ON STAGE
November 1-9, 2013
Denver’s performing arts world struts its stuff all week long during Denver’s On Stage, featuring special deals and discounts for theater, dance, music and more. From discounts to Book of Mormon to Chance to Dance, a full day of free dance performances and lessons on November 2, there are dozens of performing arts specials throughout the week.
· The Starz Denver Film Festival, which runs November 6-17, 2013, celebrates its 36th anniversary this year. The event is a cinephile’s paradise, with film premieres, seminars with guest actors and directors, and hundreds of independent film screenings and red carpet events.

Shop, Savor and Stroll in Cherry Creek North will round out the Denver Arts Week on November 9 with a day-long celebration of performing arts, exhibitions, educational activities and culinary arts inside the District’s many galleries, shops and spas.

A complete list of all 300 activities and itineraries featuring cultural and art attractions, along with discounted hotel rates in Denver, is available at denverartsweek.com.