At NINE dot ARTS, we regularly tell our clients that transforming a space into an art experience is as much about the process as it is about the outcome. If you happened to read our latest blog post, you’d learn that the most powerful art installations start with the foundation of a clear vision and well-defined goals.
Earlier this month, NINE dot ARTS CEO Martha Weidmann spoke alongside a handful of other Denver executives at the Colorado Arts Caucus about Arts and the Economy– a topic we get especially excited to talk about!
The Colorado Arts Caucus convenes three to four times each year with the hopes of inspiring arts advocacy by connecting state legislators to local art enthusiasts. We were honored to be part of this month’s session to be able to advocate for artists and share the incredible impact they have in our communities.
We’re honored to share that Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock has proclaimed January 29 as NINE dot ARTS Ninth Anniversary Day in recognition of our art curatorial firm’s contribution to establishing Denver as a thriving destination for arts, culture and business. The honor also recognizes our commitment to empowering Denver’s artist community, as well as the organization’s national expansion that brings Denver-based curatorial expertise to cities across the country.
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:
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.
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?