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McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues

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The McNichols Civic Center Building is located in the heart of downtown Denver at the northwest corner of Civic Center Park. In 1909, the cornerstone of the building was laid, setting the foundation for the then Carnegie Library that would become a center of learning in the park. That tradition continues, as the building was reopened in 2012 as a contemporary hub for arts, culture and events for the people of Denver. This stunning Greek Revival building with its classic Corinthian columns and iconic colonnade across its front, offers new experiences in a classic space.

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General
General
  • Hours: Hours vary. See website for more details.
  • Miles to airport: 26
  • Blocks to CCC: 4
  • Miles to CCC: 0.25
  • Indoor Fire Code: 2000
  • Total Capacity (if applicable): 2000
  • Onsite Parking Spaces: 12
  • Event Space:
  • Group Performance Venues:

Meeting Facilities

Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Exhibits Space
  • Exhibits 2
  • Largest Room 9
  • Total Sq. Ft. 25000
  • Reception Capacity 1000
  • Space Notes Allows Full Buy Outs and there is free parking.
  • Theatre Capacity 600
  • Catering Any licensed caterer
  • Type of Venue Gallery/Museum, Theater/Performing Arts Venue, Special Events Venue
  • Type of Event Reception, Banquet, Meeting Theatre , Tradeshow/Expo, Meeting Classroom
  • Banquet Capacity 500
  • Number of Rooms 5
  • Booths 150
  • Classroom Capacity 300
2nd floor
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 9000
  • Theater Capacity: 600
  • Classroom Capacity: 300
  • Banquet Capacity: 400
  • Reception Capacity: 1000
3rd Floor
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 9000
  • Theater Capacity: 600
  • Classroom Capacity: 350
  • Banquet Capacity: 500
  • Reception Capacity: 1000
Full Buy Out
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 20000
  • Theater Capacity: 1200
  • Classroom Capacity: 700
  • Banquet Capacity: 900
  • Reception Capacity: 2000
1st Floor
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2000
  • Booth Capacity: 20
  • Theater Capacity: 100
  • Classroom Capacity: 60
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 150
Map Room (Conference Room)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 710
  • Theater Capacity: 60
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
  • Banquet Capacity: 25
  • Reception Capacity: 30
Nook Conference Area
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 625
  • Theater Capacity: 50
  • Classroom Capacity: 25
  • Banquet Capacity: 20
  • Reception Capacity: 30
Nook Conference Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 40
  • Theater Capacity: 10
  • Classroom Capacity: 10
  • Banquet Capacity: 10
  • Reception Capacity: 10

Events

Jun 19, 2018

Etlelooaat (Cree) - He who shouts
Apr 22, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018

Contemporary multi-disciplinary artist Merritt Johnson, a descendant of the Blackfoot and Kanienkehaka Tribes, writes that most people think of "beads and feathers" when they hear the term "Native American art." Artspace writer Jillian...

Etlelooaat (Cree) - He who shouts <p>Contemporary multi-disciplinary artist Merritt Johnson, a descendant of the Blackfoot and Kanienkehaka Tribes, writes that most people think of "beads and feathers" when they hear the term "Native American art." Artspace writer Jillian Billard adds, "This pigeonholing, among being immensely generalized and demeaning, fails to acknowledge the unique individual expression between and within Native American communities. There are 567 federally recognized Native American nations in the United States. Amongst those tribes exists a great deal of diversity in culture, language, and elements of day-to-day life. Merging Native American cultures disregards this diversity, and effectually silences American Indian voices." This exhibit reflects the dynamic nature of Native American creativity and the changing realities of life and culture across the Americas. Featured artists include Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish/Kootenai), Alistair Bane (Shawnee), Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) and Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo) in collaboration with Emilio Lobato, all working in a variety of styles and media. There is an opportunity to hear diversity in Native American voices if we are willing to listen.</p> 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 19, 2018

Giving Voice is a partnership between Access Gallery and professional graphic designers from the greater Denver Metro Area. The program is designed to empower teens living with disabilities to give voice to a social cause that's important...

Giving Voice: Posters with a Message from Teens with Disabilities <p>Giving Voice is a partnership between Access Gallery and professional graphic designers from the greater Denver Metro Area. The program is designed to empower teens living with disabilities to give voice to a social cause that's important to them. Working with professional graphic design mentors, the teens share their views on a significant cause and in partnership, they work to develop and produce a graphic image that captures their views and commitment to critical social issues. This collaborative model has received national attention and has inspired other states from Texas to New York. This exhibition highlights 40 posters from the past ten years of the program, and subjects range from addiction to hunger, school bullying to suicide prevention, and from immigration to climate change.</p> Boettcher Cultural Pavilion, 2nd Flor Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 19, 2018

2018 Denver Zine Fest
Jun 24, 2018

90+ exhibitors – zinesters, comic artists and independent publishers from around the country Coffee by Mutiny Information Cafe Coloring area by Lowbrow Bar featuring Ratio Beerworks (and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options) A...

2018 Denver Zine Fest <p>90+ exhibitors &#8211; zinesters, comic artists and independent publishers from around the country<br />Coffee by Mutiny Information Cafe<br />Coloring area by Lowbrow<br />Bar featuring Ratio Beerworks (and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options)<br />A special show presented by The Narrators from 3:30-4:30pm.</p> 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 19, 2018

Join us for an evening of both silly and serious TED-esque talks exploring how Art can inspire us, manipulate us, raise our voices, or drown them out. A collaboration with Buntport Theater and supported in part by the SCFD.

Artsy Fartsy: "Ideas" Worth Spreading? <p>Join us for an evening of both silly and serious TED-esque talks exploring how Art can inspire us, manipulate us, raise our voices, or drown them out.</p> <p>A collaboration with Buntport Theater and supported in part by the SCFD.</p> 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 19, 2018

Golden Triangle Public Art Tour
May 9, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018

This tour covers a broad array of contemporary public artworks near the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, and History Colorado. The tour will focus on the contemporary works in the Golden Triangle Creative District, from an...

Golden Triangle Public Art Tour <p>This tour covers a broad array of contemporary public artworks near the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, and History Colorado. The tour will focus on the contemporary works in the Golden Triangle Creative District, from an oversized broom to abstract sculpture.</p> <p>Tour will be led by Public Art Docents Esther Varney or Djamila Ricciardi.</p> <p>Tours are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your place.</p> <p>Tours meet at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.</p> 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 19, 2018

Sheltered
Jun 30, 2018

Join us for a staged reading of Sheltered written by local playwright Catherine Wiley. A portion of the proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. The play takes place in a temporary homeless shelter for women in Denver and...

Sheltered <p>Join us for a staged reading of Sheltered written by local playwright Catherine Wiley.</p> <p>A portion of the proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. <br /> <br />The play takes place in a temporary homeless shelter for women in Denver and unfolds over a single day, with choral interludes by different homeless women illustrating the complexities of their lives. One of the main characters, Martha, volunteers as a way of searching for her mother, who has moved in and out of addiction and homelessness for much of Martha’s life. With the help of Cassie and Tiffany, Martha reconnects with her mother, Helen, in an effort to bring her home. They discuss and debate the origins of their predicament, the realities of living on the receiving end of charity, and their hopes for the future. Sheltered is directed by Kate Folkins.<br /><br />A staged reading is a form of theatre without sets, props, sound, or full costumes. The actors, who read from scripts, may be seated, stand in fixed positions, or incorporate minimal stage movement. <br /><br />Immediately following the reading there will be a discussion lead by author Dr. Esther Sullivan, an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on poverty, spatial inequality, legal regulation, and housing.<br /><br />Jen McDonald who is part of the Storytellers Network with Close to Home will also share her experience living on living on the edge of homelessness. Storytellers Network engages individuals who have directly experienced homelessness, supporting them in sharing their stories. They’re powerful messengers, helping others to learn about the circumstances that led them to lose their housing, and what it took for them to move back to safe, stable housing.</p> 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 19, 2018

ThirstyFest
Jul 28, 2018

Water For People is a Colorado-based international non-profit that works in nine countries across Latin America, East Africa and Asia to provide local communities with access to reliable and safe water, sanitation and hygiene services....

ThirstyFest <p>Water For People is a Colorado-based international non-profit that works in nine countries across Latin America, East Africa and Asia to provide local communities with access to reliable and safe water, sanitation and hygiene services.</p> <p>Water For People's Rocky Mountain volunteer committee will be hosting the inaugural ThirstyFest at McNichols Civic Center Building to bring together people, breweries, music and food to raise money and celebrate achieved global water and sanitation. 100% of the net proceeds of ThirstyFest will benefit Water For People's work.</p> 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 19, 2018

The Shakedown brings great food and entertainment as the back drop, local celebrity bartenders from the Colorado Bartenders Guild will compete for Denver's "best cocktail," and local celebrity chefs will compete for "best bite." Cocktails...

Denver Food + Wine Festival: The Shakedown <p>The Shakedown brings great food and entertainment as the back drop, local celebrity bartenders from the Colorado Bartenders Guild will compete for Denver's "best cocktail," and local celebrity chefs will compete for "best bite." Cocktails will be prepared with spirits from DF+WF spirit sponsors.</p> <p>*Must be 21 &amp; over. No children or pets allowed.*</p> 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

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