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Archives for Artists

  • McNichols Building 144 West Colfax Avenue Denver, CO, 80202 United States (map)

Calling all Artists, Activists, and Archivists!

As a contributor to the creative fabric of this community, how will your work and efforts be remembered in the face of Denver's growth and change? Take part in this interactive assembly with multi-panel discussions, and creative breakout sessions, all focused on engaging you with the radical act of archiving, the nature of art archives, arts and cultural equity, and the power to shape the legacy of Denver's creative community. Breakout and creative sessions will include a sound recording booth provided by Meep Records, a D.I.Y zine station provided by the Denver Zine Library, an after party at Dateline featuring an exhibit of

The Archives for Artists assembly will also introduce the Arthyve archive, a crowd-sourced memory bank comprised of artists’ self-curated time capsules. Artists working in any medium will be invited to donate their images, art, words, sketches, music and more to the artist time capsule project, helping to build an archive of our city’s creative pulse, leaving their mark for future generations. Through this project, you, Denver’s artists, will have the opportunity to decide how you are represented and to share your creative processes and influences by hand picking which materials enter your self-curated time capsule. This act of appraisal and preservation has the power to enrich our collective history with the visual narratives and stories of artists that are often underrepresented. 

PRICE: $12.00 per person (includes lunch)


8:45 am - 9:45 am: Event Registration

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Mini Keynote/ Arthyve Overview, Jessie de la Cruz

10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Panel- Archives...What?
In this panel we will discuss and demystify what are archives and what is involved with the act of archiving? We will also explore how the act of archiving help shape our shared cultural memory and the legacies of artists and how archiving be a form of activism? Panelists: Kate Crowe (Panel Moderator), Alex Watkins, Farrah Taylor, Sammy Lee, & Howard Besser

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch with Arepas Food Truck

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm Panel - Artwork or Documentation:What defines ‘a record’ when it has been produced by a contemporary artist? Can archiving serve as an extension of the artwork? During this panel we will explore the relationship between the artist, the types of records they produce, and the art object, as well as examining how artists’ records contextualize, validate, contradict, and in some cases ‘stand-in’ for the contemporary art object. Panelists: Heather Ryan (Panel Moderator), Joyce LeeAnn, Keith Garcia, Eddy Colloton, & Kelly Shortandqueer

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm: Panel - Equity in Archives and the Arts
In this discussion we will dive into the idea of archives as records of authority while challenging who has the power to make something official, which public’s interests are being catered to and whose histories do we deem worthy of preservation. Panelists: Nita Mosby Tyler (Panel Moderator), Janine Systma, Rafael Fajardo, Tatiana Hernandez, and Ara Cruz

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Creative Breakout Sessions with Meep Records and the Denver Zine Library

Then join us for an after party over at Dateline, 3004 Larimer, to explore Lewis Neff's Vulnerable exhibition and listen to DJ Tyler Jacobsen. 

This program is supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Earlier Event: August 17
Public Art Dedication of "Sky Song"
Later Event: August 18
Archives for Artists After Party