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A Sanctuary in Burning Man

A Sanctuary in Burning Man

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Bright colors, sweltering heat, a euphoric atmosphere. This is the climate of Burning Man. The festival, held in Black Rock City, Nevada, is designed as a social experiment for the community. Participants create a faux utopia and practice such virtues as self-reliance and preservation, all while producing art. California may seem like […]

Truth about love: Vera Valentine the poet

Truth about love: Vera Valentine the poet

Growing up, Vera Valentine felt muzzled, suppressed and alone. She began writing her pain out at the age of 12, but the poet pen name Valentine would not manifest itself for another 25 years in 2013. Birthed from the author’s feelings of betrayal when her husband left her for another woman, and abandoned by love, […]

Collective Nouns: The Metropolitan State University Faculty Exhibition

Collective Nouns: The Metropolitan State University Faculty Exhibition

On November 18th the Center for Visual Art debuted Collective Nouns, an MSU Denver Faculty Exhibition. The exhibit runs from November 18th until January 21st, 2017. During the opening night, visitors explored the gallery, observing sculptures, photographs, paintings, and video collages. Many stood in discussion with faculty members about their artwork, while others dyed Easter […]

Culture Vs. cannabis and code

Culture Vs. cannabis and code

Caught in the rapid gentrification driven by new and expanding industries, Denver’s art community has been struggling to keep their place. For many years, Denver has been a home to artists looking to hone their craft and display their work to the public. They’ve had access to galleries and studios along major streets like Broadway, […]

Bringing back Burning Man: The Awesome Sweater project

Bringing back Burning Man: The Awesome Sweater project

Every year thousands of people come together in Black Rock City just three hours north of Reno, Nevada to create a culture of art, community and radical self-reliance. Referred to by some as “that thing in the desert,” the occasion is commonly known as Burning Man. This nine-day event is fueled by Ten Principles that […]

Arts and class

Arts and class

Students at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, known as DAVA, are surrounded by more than just paints and brushes, but a sense of purpose as well. Founded in 1993 by Susan Jenson, DAVA is part of a broader movement known as creative youth development. The program employs professional artists like Viviane Le Courtois, Rudi Monterroso and Luzia […]

Pieces of the Playa: Burning Man 2016

Pieces of the Playa: Burning Man 2016

Every year tens of thousands of people make the long journey to a dried up lakebed an hour outside of Gerlach, NV. Once they are there, a community comes together to create a temporary metropolis dedicated to art, expression and self-reliance. They call it Black Rock City, but once you’re there it is often referred to as […]