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In 1988, Denver Mayor Federico Peña established the Denver Public Art Program, which dedicates 1 percent of all capital improvement projects to be set aside for the inclusion of art. That has led to millions of dollars of art projects for the Colorado Convention Center, incorporating art as an important part of the building.
"The Blue Bear has become a symbol of the Colorado Convention Center, but the bear should really be green, to symbolize all the money that is brought into the city from that building."
Former Denver City Council member
"The Colorado Convention Center is one of the largest public buildings in Denver and arguably one of the largest art galleries in the state. Public art adds color and whimsy to a building with a lot of wall space."
Denver Arts & Venues