With a robust arts and culture scene, Denver is earning more acclaim as a creative destination. The second installment of famed art collective, Meow Wolf, will be making its home in Denver in 2021, with Meow Wolf CEO claiming to The Denver Post of the collective’s decision to come to The Mile High City next, “Denver is the most culturally significant city in the United States right now.” In late-2019, AFAR Magazine designated Denver the “street art capital of the country” due in part to CRUSH Walls, one of the largest international street art festivals in the world – held in Denver every September – and the city’s robust public art program. Architectural Digest also commended Denver as “One of the Best U.S. Cities for Art and Design,” based on the city’s new and visually stunning museums, hotels and restaurants.
According to a 2020 study from the National Endowment for the Arts, Denver leads the nation in attendance rate at performing arts events and exhibitions. Additionally, the Actors’ Equity Association – representing more than 51,000 actors and stage managers in the United States, named Denver one of the 2018 “Best Places for Theatre” in the country. Among other things, the rankings were based on the number of professional actors employed in markets across the country and the number of weeks they are working. Red Rocks Amphitheatre was named the “Best Outdoor Venue in the United States” by top concert industry publication, Pollstar.