4 things to know about Denver's arts and culture scene this week
Arts outlook dims for 2020
Optimism for an arts comeback in 2020 is waning, according to a new report from Colorado Springs-based TRG Arts. The July 27 survey of 133 arts and culture organizations in the United States, Canada and the U.K. revealed 41% of U.S. organizations expect to perform to in-person audiences this year, down from 61% in June. Among U.S. organizations responding, only 11% expected to perform for live audiences by September. Fewer organizations in the West, or 32%, are expecting in-person returns in 2020, compared with 36% in the Midwest. Both are down from the June survey.
Relief fund doles out $1.2 million
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation this week announced the first round of applicants to receive emergency funding from the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund. The fund hopes to address the loss of 32,000 jobs and $823 million in revenue between April and July statewide for the music, theater, dance and visual arts industry, according to a press statement, which cited a recently released study from Colorado Creative Industries. Forty-one organizations received $1.2 million in total funds, with Bonfils-Stanton Foundation committing $1 million toward the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund and The Denver Foundation donating $50,000, amid smaller donors. See the full list of recipients, ranging from Boulder Ballet to Warm Cookies of the Revolution, at denverfoundation.org/covid-19-arts-culture-relief-fund.
Denver record label expands
During an otherwise bleak time for the music industry, Denver-based Coffin & Bolt Records, which focuses on hard rock and punk, last week completed a partnership and merger with Australia’s Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group. The partnership “gives our label considerable global exposure and financial backing to market our groups across the world with full distribution and PR,” said label co-founder Scott Anderson in an email to The Denver Post. “We currently have several Denver area bands signed and are looking to work with more. Our hope is that this opportunity does for local bands what Sub Pop did for Seattle grunge in the late ’80s and early ’90s. We really want Denver and Colorado to be the center of the next rock explosion.” Visit coffinandbolt.com to stream samples of the label’s bands.
Kirkland Museum to reopen Aug. 18
As one of the holdouts in the recent wave of cultural reopenings, Denver’s Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has finally set a restart date for later this month. The Golden Triangle-area museum, which celebrates Denver artist Vance Kirkland and his collection, will reopen to members beginning Aug. 11, with a full, public reopening on Aug. 18. Timed tickets will limit parties to four people per 15-minute slot, while brochures and gallery guides can now be accessed. All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings and to maintain social distancing between groups, the Kirkland Museum said in a press statement. Visit kirklandmuseum.org for more details.
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