McNichols Civic Center building reopens with baseball-themed art exhibits – CBS Denver


DENVER (CBS4) – The McNichols Civic Center building reopens just in time for Major League Baseball All-Star Week. Customers can explore three new art exhibits that celebrate baseball history.

(credit: McNichols Civic Center building)

The first floor exhibit titled “Shades of Greatness” is inspired by Negro Leagues Baseball. The exhibit features 35 original works of art produced by 28 diverse professional artists from across the country.

“The style and creativity displayed in black leagues made baseball an art form,” said Bob Kendrick, president of NLBM. “This exhibit beautifully captures that spirit. He uses the power of the visual arts to enlighten and educate the public about an important but once forgotten chapter in baseball and American history.

Work titled “Willie Foster and Young Fans” by Kadir Nelson (credit: Denver Arts & Venues)

Inside the Boettcher Cultural Pavilion, you can visit the Black Love Mural Festival Remix, which features 30 works by artists from the Black Love Mural Festival list.

On the third floor, Denver artists Casey Kawaguchi, Karma Leigh, Tuke One, Detour, LaDopa, Moe Gram, and Zaida Sever have created baseball-themed murals in a variety of styles. The artwork was commissioned by Major League Baseball in honor of the All-Star Game, held in Denver on July 13.

Jackie Robinson mural by artist Detour (credit: Denver Arts & Venues)

“A rich partnership with Major League Baseball and local creators and artists, along with a critically acclaimed collaborative exhibit, are the perfect ways to celebrate the return to business and our commitment to our city’s cultural sector,” said declared Tariana Navas-Nieves, director of cultural affairs. , Denver Arts & Venues.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm with a discussion moderated by the Black Love Mural Festival entitled “Black Economic Ecosystem Congruence Panel”. The suggested donation for guests is $ 52.

For more information on the exhibitions and a calendar of upcoming events, visit


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