2019 marks NINE dot ARTS’ ninth year, and as part of our celebrations of nine years of using the power of art to transform the average business environment, we’re blogging about several sets of nine, beginning with NINE Unexpected Places to Find ART in Denver.
The curatorial possibilities are endless! Our team at NINE dot ARTS is excited to announce our new internship program, designed to engage the next generation of art professionals in using the power of art to transform the average business environment. The program, which will launch in January 2019 with five intern positions supporting all facets of the organization, is designed to provide comprehensive insight and hands-on experience in the art advisory business, while encouraging students across disciplines to explore a career in the arts. Resumes will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with a December 10 deadline to submit resumes to join the inaugural class of Intern Dots.
At NINE dot ARTS, we see art as a tool for making connections and uniting communities far and wide. The businesses we work with, in particular, find that art can connect their locations that might see geography as a cultural barrier. For example, a company’s culture in a Miami office might be very different from one in Seattle – but luckily for many companies, art can function as a unifier.
No matter the size or scope of a project, NINE dot ARTS holds in-depth consultations with each new client to understand the company’s personality and desired creative space. Our goal at the end of a session is to create a “mission statement” and template for the company’s art and the criteria we can use to emulate this. This effort is more than just repeating the same pieces in different locations, however, typically beginning with a base template with flexibility to make slight variations depending on the office location.
On Monday, September 24, the founder of Meow Wolf, Vince Kadlubek, spoke to Denver Startup Week about his vision for Meow Wolf – now and for the future – as it establishes a second location in the Sun Valley neighborhood in Denver. Meow Wolf originated with a vision to create inspiring collaborative spaces for artists, brought to life by an arts and entertainment group in Santa Fe. As Meow Wolf grew, Kadlubek embraced his responsibility as a leader for the artistic community. At #DENStartupWeek, he shared the Meow Wolf story, details about the new location coming to Denver in 2020, and how artists and entrepreneurs can plug in to the new location.
Here are three takeaways from the panel:
The Cherry Creek neighborhood in Denver is one of the city’s most in demand neighborhoods – booming with residential, hospitality and retail development. New to the neighborhood is the St. Paul Collection, one-of-a-kind luxury rentals that emphasize design and lifestyle. The NINE dot ARTS team recently put the finishing touches on the art collection for the common spaces. Inspired by the distinctive energy of the neighborhood and the St. Paul Collection’s luxury interior design elements – think marble, gold and gorgeous wall coverings – the result is one of the most significant contemporary art collections you’ll find in a residential building anywhere in the world.
Earlier this summer one of our very own dots had the opportunity to attend Otis College of Art and Design’s first Emerging Curators Retreat. NINE dot ARTS Associate Curator Arielle Myers joined professional curators, artists and thinkers alike on the retreat in Los Angeles to listen in on talks, conversations and presentations from some of the most established curators and artists in the country. The program, which focuses specifically on Los Angeles’ local art scene, aims to attract emerging, talented and diverse individuals looking to advance their artistic and curatorial skills, while allowing them the opportunity to engage with the local art community and advance their careers as curators.
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.