This month the City of Denver along with Denver Arts & Venues revealed a vision for the future of the Denver Performing Arts Complex located in downtown Denver.
A new music hall, rehearsal and recording space, commercial development, expanded retail, high-rise residential development, and an arts high school campus are elements of the redevelopment vision.
This makeover of the Denver Performing Arts Complex has been titled “The Next Stage” and this vision was delivered by the Executive Leadership Team, a working group appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock that has studied options, needs and trends in arts over the past year. The group received input from more than 4,200 Denver residents, as well as arts patrons, performers and presenters.
“The Next Stage vision provides a phenomenal opportunity to elevate our Arts Complex to become a vibrant, public regional center of cultural activity in the heart of downtown,” said Hancock. “With this vision, we will set out to realize the potential of the Arts Complex by better attracting diverse residents and tourists, integrating it into the neighborhood, and enhancing the Galleria and Sculpture Park. I am thankful for the ELT’s and community’s commitment to create this vision together.”
Mayor Hancock announced a year-long funding and governance study to develop the next steps to build a plan to deliver on the vision. The funding and governance group will aim to provide its recommended plan by the end of 2016.
The City of Denver commissioned H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to create the renderings for this vision.
The featured elements of The Next Stage are an open wedge design that offers more green space, an elevated Sculpture Park with parking beneath it, a new mid-size music hall for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and other presentations, and space for retail options.
A memorandum of understanding has been established between Denver Arts & Venues and Denver Public Schools to study the feasibility of bringing a school of the arts to the Arts Complex.
“The next generation of performers, artists and patrons is growing right before our eyes in our schools,” said Susana Cordova, acting superintendent of Denver Public Schools. “We are committed to studying how our school of the arts can fit in at the Arts Complex because of our commitment to diversity, creativity and imagination in education.”
Firm details in regards to how this project will be financed, the cost, and project timeline were not presented.
“All of us at Arts & Venues are eager to build on the vision of The Next Stage,” said Kent Rice, executive director of Denver Arts & Venues. “The exciting new programming we’re about to start will further brand this city and this neighborhood as the heart of Denver’s creative and cultural life.”
Below is a current photo of the Denver Performing Arts Complex: