Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Denver Stories: Closing Reception

@Denver Public Library Central Branch, Level 5, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Denver Stories began as a one-month interactive art project collecting folk history on Denver. Using giant rolls of paper, people were invited to share their own history and insight. The project was later adapted to be mobile with a custom designed easel for the scrolls. The project traveled across the metro area, from KIPP Academy in Montebello, to the Women’s March, Denver Metro Village, and the Hard Times Writers Workshop, to name a few. Denver Stories focused on inclusion, empowerment and creating a more varied portrayal of the city.

Each Scroll contains a snapshot of events, of movements, and of communities at the time of it’s creation. Lifelong Denverites, new residents, and visitors created much of the content through personal stories, drawings and poems. Partnering with organizations like Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver Voice, and the Boys and Girls Club allowed the project to engage a wide variety of people from all walks of life. The library’s exhibition includes all content collected with no omissions or censoring. Visitors of the exhibition also have the opportunity to add their own views to the project on the final scroll.

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Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Street Requiem

[Collaboration with Denver Gay Men's Chorus]
@Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway
A contemporary choral work that aims to bring a sense of peace, remembrance, awareness, action, and hope to our organizations supporting those who struggle in Denver. Street Requiem by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, and Jonathon Welch featuring Soprano and Altos from 12 choral groups throughout Denver.

DGMC set to music one of Write Denver's parking signs that featured writers from the Hard Times Writing Workshop.

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Apr
14
4:30 PM16:30

30th Annual Poetry Rodeo

@Mercury Café, 2199 California Street
The Colorado Poetry Rodeo (aka Podeo) celebrates National Poetry Month with its 30th event anniversary, Saturday April 14th, showcasing Colorado's diverse writing community with multi-dynamic performances and presentations. Headlining the event are Colorado’s Poet Laureate, representatives from Naropa, Lighthouse Writers, and Denver’s slam community. Joining them, Michael Annis of Howling Dog Press introduces his rock ensemble Ghost Ship Rats, featuring performance poet Roseanna Frechette, for a premiere of Annis' electrifying “Wolves at the Mall.”  The day-long rodeo of words covers a broad literary range including featured performers and writing organizations, poetry slam, storytelling and flash fiction, Small Press Fair and workshops. Event goes 11:30am to midnight at Denver's legendary Mercury Cafe (2199 California Street). Admission is $10 (come and go). (Early bird admission Before Noon is free.)

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Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Voices from the Edge

Join us for Voices from the Edge, a boundary-breaking evening of storytelling. Performers from Stories on Stage will act out works created through Lighthouse’s outreach workshops, written by community members experiencing homelessness, transitioning out of incarceration, or otherwise facing challenging times. A reception will follow. This program is supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Civic Center Building.

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Mar
20
3:30 PM15:30

Celebrate World Poetry

In 1999, UNESCO adopted an annual World Poetry Day to reaffirm that "individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.” Join Hard Times Writing Workshop and Lighthouse Writers Workshop for readings from their chapbook created in solidarity with others throughout the world engaging in the craft of writing. Light refreshments served.

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Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Opera Colorado: "Steal a Pencil for Me"

WORLD PREMIERE. Music by Gerald Cohen. Libretto by Deborah Brevoort.
In this intimate opera, Cohen and Brevoort tell the true story of a group of Dutch Jews who are deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the last year of World War II. Surrounded by horrors of the Holocaust, Jaap and Manja Polak’s already fragile marriage dissolves as he turns his attentions to Ina Soep. The love that Jaap and Ina share helps sustain them through the daily challenges of concentration camp life as they secretly pass love letters to each other. As librettist Deborah Brevoort so beautifully states, “It was a simple story, to be sure – of ordinary breakfasts, and butter for bread – but it nevertheless held great power and ultimately enabled them to survive. When everything is taken away, only the essential remains.

Letters from the 10/2018 workshop featured in the lobby of the Wolf Theatre for patrons of the dress rehearsals to enjoy.

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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

"Steal a Pencil for Me"

[Collaboration with Opera Colorado]

"If writing were your only form of communication and you had to steal a pencil in order to say what you needed to say…" Hosted by our friends at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, this artful and creative Saturday morning letter-writing event introduces the story of Opera Colorado's upcoming world premiere, Steal a Pencil for Me. Opening this January, Steal a Pencil for Me is based on the book by Jaap and Ina Polak, and their true story of love that blossomed during their imprisonment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Get insider info on this upcoming production, hear musical excerpts from the Opera Colorado Young Artists and rediscover the intimate art of letter writing, with the chance to have your work displayed at the Steal a Pencil for Me Final Dress Rehearsal in January.

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Oct
10
5:00 PM17:00

Ignite!Nite

Ignite!Nite, sponsored by the Sturm Family Foundation, pairs interesting ideas with interesting people in a new after-hours experience. Bring a friend and join us for a unique exploration of History Colorado’s stories including our newest exhibition, Backstory. Unlock your inner history geek with a blend of live music, theater performances, conversation, artist and cooking demonstrations, DIY crafts and exhibition tours. Toss in a cash bar, tasty grub and a whole lot of Colorado spirit and you’ve got a history museum adventure!

Every story deserves a good title—especially stories that stand the test of time. Explore the nuances of titles using giant word tiles with professional writers from Lighthouse Writers Workshop and art historians from the American Museum of Western Art. Rewrite the title and captions of iconic works of art! You’ll also get a chance to enjoy the stories in the stars in a portable dome from the Fiske Planetarium.

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Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

"Talking Trees" Celebration

This is a Talking Tree. Stop and listen as kids from Denver’s Five Points neighborhood recite poems they wrote themselves. As Denver continues to grow and change, the Talking Trees project aims to amplify youth voices in a citywide conversation about community, identity, and place. Talking Trees was created by Elyssa Lewis, in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Write Denver, Rocky Mountain Land Library, and OhHeckYeah!

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Aug
12
10:00 PM22:00

Art-i-Fax--Reflections: "Talking Trees"

This year's theme is "Reflections" - the idea is to pay homage to the people and events that helped shape Colfax, while also reflecting upon what kind of community we want to foster in the future. The party is part celebration, part demonstration. We'll be shutting down Park Ave from Colfax to Humboldt so attendees can experience the space as a public plaza and let us know what kind of programming they'd like to see in a space like this on Colfax.

From info panel: “This is a Talking Tree featuring poetic compositions from youths in Denver’s Historic Five Points neighborhood (Cole Middle School, Heart & Hand Center, St. Charles Rec Center, and Glenarm Rec Center) **Karime, Taylor, Alexis, Justin, Riley, Essence, Jimena, Chris, Naydelin, David, Nalani, Benyamin, Ignacio, Carmen, Mathias, Da’jea, Jhaycob, Alexa, Madison, Gary, Lency, Kiya, Raya** Within the context of a city-wide conversation about identity, growth, community, and change, this project seeks to emphasize and celebrate the perspectives of those whose voices are largely silenced: the voices of kids. Concept by Elyssa Law, in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Rocky Mountain Land Library, OhHeckYeah!.

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Aug
11
2:50 PM14:50

48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art & Conversation: (Dis)place

Inspired by Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, 48 Hours aims to promote positive social change through creativity and innovation. 48 Hours: 2017 will follow RedLine’s annual theme: (Dis)place and will focus on geography, community, access to resources, location, and relocation. In a rapidly growing city, 48 Hours will explore the many complicated layers of what makes a “place.” How does the physical fabric of a city contribute to understandings of civic character? Which neighborhoods and populations profit from development, and who is displaced as a result? How can art delineate places and mediate between communities?

Write Denver: The Gathering Place, Performance Title: World Weavers—Finding Our Place through Writing. The Gathering Place Writers speak/write from the margins—and so, word by word, they carve out a place, weave a world for themselves, where there is none. Join us for a reading of their work on homelessness, poverty, (dis)placement, and place.

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Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Meet in the Street

[Collaboration with Downtown Denver Partnership & Downtown Denver BID]

The Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District present Meet in the Street! Join us every Saturday, July 8 through August 26 when the 16th Street Mall becomes an active pedestrian Mall, full of extended patios, the 2017 "My 16th Street" Prototyping Series, live music, family-friendly activities and more.

Get ready for Claudia Rankine's fall visit to Denver with a morning of writing and discussion on the 16th Street Mall! We'll have free copies of Rankine's book, Citizen, available, as well as prompts based on the book's themes. (And save the date: Rankine will be here November 15, talking race and social justice with Mayor Michael B. Hancock at Boettcher Hall.)

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Jul
19
3:00 PM15:00

Writing the West @AMWA: Reading & Installation

@American Museum of Western Art--The Anschutz Collection, 1727 Tremont Place
Join us at the American Museum of Western Art for this spectacular event where artistic expression is celebrated, and art and writing join forces to explore the beauty of the West. Celebrate writings inspired by the artworks at the American Museum of Western Art. In this culminating Write Denver event, local writers that attended the summer “Writing the West” workshops here at AMWA will read their beautiful works alongside the paintings that inspired them. Following the reading we will enjoy a happy hour in the museum galleries, where you can mingle with the writers and explore Western art while enjoying a refreshing drink and a small bite to eat.

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Jun
30
to Jul 2

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

@Clayton St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave.
CherryArts (Colorado Events & Education) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado. Along with the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival and CherryArts Festival at Stanley, CherryArts fulfills its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs including the Mobile Art Gallery, Artist in Residence programs and the Janus Student Art Buying Program.

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Apr
29
to Apr 30

Doors Open Denver

@Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street
Doors Open Denver (DOD) is an annual two-day event that provides opportunities for residents and visitors to explore our city, creating meaningful connections to the built environment and promoting quality design. Each spring, the Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) inspires the community to connect, through self-guided (free) or expert-guided (fee-based) tours of Denver’s unique spaces, including high-profile, historic and/or artistic feats of architecture and design. Doors Open Denver tells the story of where Denver is, where it has been and where it’s going.

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Mar
24
to May 12

The Write Age [for anyone age 50+]

@Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Avenue
Feel the urge to write? What are the life-memories you want to pass along? What are the fictional stories you’re burning to get down on paper? What are the poems inside of you seeking the light of day? Work with facilitators from Lighthouse to put your stories on the page. Open to all ages 50 and up; no previous writing experience necessary. Free! Program space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to register, contact Eisenhower Recreation Center at 720.865.0730. (Even those who have attended previous sessions of The Write Age must phone to register.)
 

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Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

The Gathering Place [for women and children experiencing homelessness]

@The Gathering Place's 3rd Floor Art Room, 1535 High Street
Join us for a six-week course on writing stories and short memoirs with a published author and creative writing teacher from Lighthouse. Mentorship & one-on-one help with your writing. Snacks provided. A short story contest will also be held and winners will be selected by your peers at The Gathering Place and be given a gift card and have the stories published. The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness.

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Feb
14
3:00 PM15:00

Hard Times Writing Workshop [for people experiencing homelessness, extreme poverty, mental illness, or hard times]

@Central Library's Level 1 Book Club Room, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Telling our stories can often help us process our life experiences and find new paths. Join us for a safe and supportive writing workshop that's free and open to all. Writing prompts, tools, and refreshments provided.

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Feb
13
12:30 PM12:30

Picture Me Here [for refugees and New Americans]

Mondays and Wednesdays, January 18 thru March 6, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
@Emily Griffith Technology College, 1860 Lincoln Street
Tell your story with photos and words! This creative writing and photography class will teach you how to take photos and create stories that share your personal experience. It’s a great way to practice your English and improve your technical skills at the same time. The class is free and cameras are provided but space is limited! Visit picturemehere.org to sign up today. Questions? Visit the ESL office or email pmhwritedenver@gmail.com. This class is provided by Picture Me Here, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and Write Denver.

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