“CREATE DENVER: Strengthening the health and vitality of Denver by supporting the growth and economic development of its creative sector.”
Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) accomplished this in strides during the four days of Create Denver Week, May 12-15. The events kicked off Thursday with an art installation by Matt Scobey on the ground floor of the Spire building. The evening saw dancers, fashion displays, music by DJ Savior Breath (a.k.a. Reverb’s Eryc Eyl) and celloist Ian Cooke, while guests had the pleasure of sampling Wynkoop concoction The Pollinator F.C.B., created especially for the week.
Day two opened with a series of panel discussions on the ninth floor of the Spire building, afterwhich the attendees turned their attention to the street below to witness an LED presentation, “Frame of Mind,” on the Colorado Convention Center. This was immediately followed by a 3D light show, Design Pioneers, projected on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It was definitely a site to be seen, and the streets were packed with an estimated 1,000 onlookers while listening to the tunes of Pictureplane. The festivities continued to day three, beginning with a full day of workshops and exhibitors. Rain threatened to cancel the evening’s planned events of live music and a screen print sale in the lot behind Buffalo Exchange and City, O’ City, but the party was easily moved indoors to a graffiti-endowed space undergoing renovations. Performances by Landlines, Double Shadow, and A. Tom Collins went on downstairs, while the Ink Lounge Poster Art Sale saw success upstairs. The evening ended with the futuristic meets extra-terrestrial, meets the infernal Persian army from the film, “300,” group in the form of marching band Itchy-O.
Quoleena Sbrocca is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. Visit her website here.