Denver allots $20K for “safe creative spaces,” artists ask for help and clear plan

It was largely information we’ve heard before — except for these three things.

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy watches the forum on safe creative spaces at the McNichols building, Jan. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) diy; art; mcnichols building; denver; denverite; colorado; art; gentrification;
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy watches the forum on safe creative spaces at the McNichols building, Jan. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

When city officials and local artists got into a room to discuss the safety and future of Denver’s art spaces, it was bound to get tense and emotional.




Opinion: 4 things the city really needs to say at Wednesday’s meeting on art spaces

Here are four things the city will have to convey — sincerely — if it wants to show it is with the creative community, or just posturing to quiet things down.

By Ray Mark Rinaldi, One Good Eye

Let’s not beat up the city of Denver too much for its treatment of artists. It gives out its share of grants, props up cultural institutions and maintains some world-class facilities for the performing arts. Not really more or less than a lot of cities do, but it’s tangible.

At the same time, the government has watched for half a decade— and done almost nothing — as working artists have been pushed out of the urban core by rapid development. Scores of workspaces have gone away. Galleries have been evicted. Artists who contribute greatly to the culture, and get paid little for their efforts, have been forced to flee from the downtown neighborhoods they helped to resurrect due to rising rents and the demolition of buildings they long called home.