Democracy is all about dialogue -- getting your voice heard and being exposed to new ideas. To that end, Dialog: City is an arts and cultural event, taking place Aug. 21-29, that hopes to spark a citywide conversation by inviting internationally renowned artists and designers to create participatory, interactive, and dialogical site-specific works in neighborhoods across the city of Denver. An initiative of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Democratic National Convention Local Host Committee, Dialog: City has already attracted a number of world-renowned artists, including Ann Hamilton, DJ Spooky, Sharon Hayes and Spurse Collective. What should you expect? The unexpected! Music, sculpture, performance art ecology, dance, architecture and more -- it's all part of the dialogue. Get updates and more information at dialogcity.
Get those cameras rolling! The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Denver Film Society are inviting citizens to speak out and share ideas on what democracy is (or isn't) through the creation of short films. Submit your five-minute film online through July 15, 2008 for a chance to have it selected for a special public screening during the Convention in August -- the top 25 films will be shown. The winner of the Cinemocracy Competition will have his or her film shown during the Starz Denver Film Festival in November. Even if you're not a filmmaker, you can let your voice be heard by heading here to watch the films and vote for your favorite -- this is a democracy, after all. Learn more about the competition at www.cinemocracy.org.
America Live and In Person
It's kind of like "Open Mic Night," only on a much bigger scale. The City and County of Denver in partnership with the Denver 2008 Host Committee is inviting you to step up and tell the world your story of what America means to you. There are so many ways to participate -- through personal stories, photographs, poems, original song, paintings, and pretty much anything you can dream up. It can be a big idea -- like how being an American has affected all the things you've done in life. Or it can be a small moment -- something that symbolizes to you what America is all about. It can be touching, funny, inspiring or thought-provoking. It just has to come from your heart. Best submissions will be showcased on the Convention Host Committee website and throughout the city at locations to be disclosed soon. Submit your entry online through July 15, 2008 for consideration for online posting and inclusion in a traveling exhibit. Or visit online to vote for your favorite submission.
The Denver Host Committee, in partnership with Denver 8 TV and the Denver Metro Convention Visitors Bureau, launched "Denver 8.08," a monthly television series in May. The show highlights the people, activities and organizations working on making the Democratic National Convention a success for everyone in the Denver area and Rocky Mountain Region. Each segment of the 4-part series will give a behind-the-scenes look at the special features of this convention, as well as how the convention will create a defining moment in history for Denver. Scheduled air times for the City and County of Denver are as listed below; a new program will air each month as a lead up to the convention and can be viewed on Channel 8: Mondays 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 7:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m., Thursdays 10:00 a.m., 7:30 p.m., Fridays 7:30 a.m., Saturdays 7:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00 p.m. Get more info at www.denvergov.org/denver8tv.
The Presidential Experience
Invesco Field at Mile High -- usually the home of Denver's beloved Broncos -- will host a fascinating exhibit in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention as well as during the Convention. Visitors be able to check out a life size replica of the White House's Oval Office, see all kinds of one-of-a-kind presidential memorabilia and much more.