We ran into artist Tracy Weil, who co-founded the RiNo Art District more than a decade ago, at the opening of CRUSH on September 11; during the seventh edition of this annual event, 100 artists from around the globe are creating murals in the greater RiNo area. But the RiNo Art District’s work with and for artists is a year-round commitment in this rapidly changing neighborhood. “Contrary to popular belief,” says Weil, “we actually have more artists working and exhibiting in the art district than ever! Yes, it’s ever-changing, that’s for sure, but I feel like what we are doing is making a difference in keeping artists and creatives here long term.”
Keep reading for Weil’s list of ten ways RiNo is advocating for artists.
1. The RiNo Business Improvement District (BID) has spent $40,000 over the past two years to further the development of the ArtSpace project in RiNo. This project will create 100 to 130 affordable live/work spaces for artists and musicians, slated for completion in the new few years in the RiNo Art District.
2. The RiNo BID has contributed $50,000+ each year to assist in the CRUSH street mural event in the district. The RiNo Art District has also contributed staff time, marketing support and artists’ stipends to this project over the past few years. All funds are specifically focused toward local artists.
Artist Pat Milbery at RiNo’s World Trade Center Denver Collaboration.
RiNo Art District
3. Through sponsorship and grant funds, the RiNo Art District has provided dollars directly to artists for other public art projects district-wide. This includes the 38th Street Underpass project with the Arts & Venues P.S. You Are Here Grant, which will…
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