Have you had the chance to experience the Alley at Dairy Block, downtown Denver’s most activated and art-filled alley? Spanning the center of Dairy Block between Blake and Wazee Streets and 18th and 19th Street, the Alley serves as a unifying, pedestrian- and art-centric epicenter for the downtown community. The art program, curated by NINE dot ARTS, was specifically selected to create a visible and engaging focal point for the block, with 10 pieces from 10 different artists – all of whom have a local connection to Denver.
We’d like to introduce you to Adelaide Harcourt, a seventh generation Savannian. She comes from a long line of financiers with a penchant for collecting, and as the sole living member of her family, she’s determined to gift the arts legacy of her family to the city of Savannah through sharing her collection of family heirlooms, travel mementos, and contemporary artwork with the recently-opened Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah.
The Ramble Hotel, the first hotel in Denver’s booming River North (RiNo) neighborhood, opened in May 2018 with a specific type of traveler in mind: those who like to wander without a destination (i.e. to ramble) and appreciate timeless elegance in a worldly yet contemporary setting. NINE dot ARTS curated the hotel’s art program for the Gravitas Development Group to entice this target clientele, as well as elevate the hotel’s setting as a gateway into the RiNo Art District.
Take a look inside our new headquarters, designed to better support our growth, work and artists.
At a Colorado Business Committee for the Arts luncheon our team attended earlier this year, Governor John Hickenlooper emphasized the concept of topophilia (from the Greek topos meaning “place” and –philia, meaning “love of”), and spoke of the important role a strong creative community – with a deep network of support – plays in creating the places people love. Colorado is lucky to have many such places, and at NINE dot ARTS, we are honored to facilitate the kind of connections that create a strong sense of place and grow the creative economy.
Now in our ninth year of curating inspiring art collections that allow people to experience art as they go about their daily lives – in alleys, offices, parks, hotels and more – our growing team of dots is connecting more artists, clients and communities than ever before.
To facilitate our growth and to better support artists, we recently moved into a new headquarters at 3734 Osage St. in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood. And it’s no accident that the office exemplifies the important synergies Governor Hickenlooper highlighted: a showcase of artists, supported by a committed network, all housed within a space people love to work and visit.
While every art program we curate tells a story, the recently opened Hilton Garden Inn in Boulder, Colorado features one of the more meaningful. Thanks to a partnership with NINE dot ARTS, Sage Hospitality and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), the 172-room hotel features art from students and alumni of the university, which sits just up the street from the hotel.
Through an eighteen-month-long art mentorship program called Beyond the Studio, mentor Lisa Solberg, internationally renowned artist and CU Boulder alum, worked with CU MFA in Painting candidate Johnny DeFeo to create a mural-like concept that was reproduced in all 172 guestrooms of the hotel, which shares a campus with the Embassy Suites, designed by architect JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE.
At NINE dot ARTS, we love working with clients who understand that integrating a well-curated art program into their hospitality projects isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have’ but paramount to creating a memorable guest experience.
Art has the ability to stand on its own with little need for description or explanation. It can have a profound impact on the viewer, who interacts with the artwork in the context of his or her own experiences. But while art has this ability, how much more powerful is it when you understand the story behind the piece?
The opportunities for the public to engage with art through the Terra Firma series continue this month with the launch of Understudy, Denver’s first-of-its-kind experimental arts and culture incubator. Housed in a formerly unrentable, 700-square-foot space in the Colorado Convention Center, Understudy serves as a way to experiment both operationally and artistically to determine the best way to provide artists, creative groups and the community with a free and central space for art installations.
As the color of Konstantin Dimopoulos’ Blue Trees in the Denver Theatre District began to fade, our dots were hard at work planning the next phase of the Terra Firma series. In October, New York-based artist Shantell Martin arrived in Denver to create her largest installation to date and leave her mark on our city. The sidewalks in the District became the perfect canvas for Martin’s signature meditation of black and white lines.
Breathing new life into a historic space is no easy feat. Navigating issues from crumbling walls to leaky roofs, updating outdated electrical systems, and addressing the need for modern amenities and conveniences can be tiring. But it’s usually well worth it in the end.
The renovation of The Blackstone in Chicago by Sage Hospitality proved that an iconic, historic hotel can not only stay relevant, but also set a new standard for what can be expected from a boutique hotel experience (thanks in part to its captivating art collection).