DENVER (Nov. 3, 2011)  The fifth annual Denver Arts Week (DAW), Nov. 4-12, 2011, will be a nine-day celebration of all things art in the Mile High City with more than 300 arts-related events at more than 170 art galleries, museums, theatres and concert halls, and even restaurants.  Many of the events are free or at greatly discounted prices.


“Denver’s national reputation as an arts center has grown enormously in the past few years with the city adding new museums, performing arts venues and art district neighborhoods, and there’s more to come with the Clyfford Still Museum, new Asian Tropics, and new History Colorado Center.  Denver Arts Week is a celebration of all this growth, and an opportunity for locals and visitors to get out and see all that the Mile High City has to offer in the arts,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, the primary organizer of DAW.


Denver Arts Week was created to publicize Denver’s arts scene across the nation, as well as to the nearly three million people in the metro area, and people throughout Colorado and around the Rocky Mountain West. To promote the arts celebration, VISIT DENVER is mounting an integrated marketing campaign that includes: print, outdoor and web advertising; brochures; posters; multimedia artist videos; and special events.


All of these ads drive traffic to, where people can find information on all of the events taking place by date, by type of event or by neighborhood.


The arts celebration includes Night at the Museums, a Saturday evening (Nov. 5) in which some 20 Denver-area museums will stay open late – and for FREE - between 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 


“Denver Arts Week gives locals and visitors a great opportunity to get out and experience Denver’s rich cultural landscape,” says First Lady Mary Louise Lee, this year’s honorary chair of the evening event.  “During Night at the Museums, just one of more than 300 events throughout the week, families will get a chance to enjoy a fun-filled evening at some of the best museums our city has to offer for free.”


The opening weekend also features “Know Your Arts First Friday Art Walk” on Nov. 4, a “super-sized” version of the monthly First Friday art walks with more than 100 galleries participating in ten neighborhood arts districts.  Throughout the week, “Denver’s On Stage” shines a spotlight on the Mile High City’s performing arts world, with drama, comedy, dance, music and opera specials, often offered at discounted prices.


Presented by VISIT DENVER, Denver Arts Week also includes films, theater and dance performances, artist demonstrations and original artwork, on sale for $52.80 at select galleries. Sponsors include: 5280 magazine; Arts & Venues Denver; CBS 4; CBS Outdoor; the Clyfford Still Museum; Comcast; The Denver Post; King Soopers; Downtown Denver Partnership; RTD; the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD); the Starz Denver Film Festival; Wells Fargo; and Westword.


Visit the Denver Arts Week website for the most up-to-date information.


Denver Arts Week Events include:



Nov. 4, 2011

Celebrate opening night of Denver Arts Week in Denver's creative art districts, with special events planned in galleries, museums, and restaurants.  10 of Denver’s art district neighborhoods will have a special First Friday in which more than 100 art galleries provide refreshments, as well as music and special artist events.  Additionally, many of the galleries are featuring Denver Arts Week specials that begin at the “mile high” price of $52.80 (Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level).



Nov. 5, 2011

Night at the Museums, the Mile High City’s version of the popular La Nuit des Musées event in Paris, offers a chance to discover Denver’s greatest cultural attractions, all in one night, all for FREE.  From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 20 museums, including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, Forney Transportation Museum, Molly Brown House Museum, Museo De Las Americas and others, are opening their doors for this once-a-year event.  FREE shuttles will depart from the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and the Denver Art Museum starting at 5 p.m.



Nov. 4-12, 2011

Shining a spotlight on Denver’s vibrant performing arts community every day during Arts Week, Denver’s On Stage gives you the chance to experience drama, comedy, dance, music and more, often for discounted prices.  From the Denver Performing Arts Complex (the second largest such complex in the U.S.) to intimate neighborhood theaters, go behind the scenes to see how productions come together, and learn about actors’ and dancers’ crafts during workshops.


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Denver Arts Week Presser (Credit Steve Crecelius, VISIT DENVER):

(L-R): With more than 300 special events throughout the nine-day celebration, Denver Arts Week, presented by VISIT DENVER, begins with Know Your Arts First Friday on Nov. 4.  A press conference today at the Denver Art Museum kicked off the celebration with remarks from several notables in the local arts community including: Denver Art Museum Director Christoph Heinrich; Arts & Venues Denver Executive Director Kent Rice; First Lady and Honorary Chair for Night at the Museums Mary Louise Lee; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; VISIT DENVER President and CEO Richard Scharf


Denver Arts Week Presser Lions (Credit Steve Crecelius, VISIT DENVER):

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee celebrated the start of Denver Arts Week (Nov. 4-12) with the help of lion dancers from the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center at the Denver Art Museum.