McNichols Civic Center building reopens with three new art exhibits


Denver Arts & Venues announced the public reopening of the McNichols Civic Center Building with three new summer art exhibitions in conjunction with Major League Baseball Week of the stars.

“We are delighted to reopen the McNichols Civic Center Building, one of our community’s favorite art, culture and entertainment venues. A rich partnership with Major League Baseball and local creators and artists, along with a critically acclaimed collaborative exhibition, are the perfect ways to celebrate the business recovery and our commitment to our city’s cultural sector, ”said Tariana Navas-Nieves, Director of Business Cultural, Denver Arts & Venues.

Shades of grandeur (first floor) July 9-Sept. 7: In August 2003, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) made available to the public the very first collaborative professional art exhibition inspired by the Negro Leagues Baseball. The critically acclaimed exhibition features 35 original works of art produced by 28 diverse professional artists from across the country. The art interprets the experience of the black leagues on and off the playing field.

Black Love Mural Festival Remix (Boettcher Cultural Pavilion, second floor) July 9-Oct. 3: Black Love Mural Festival Remix features artists from the Black Love Mural Festival (BLMF) roster. Local artists were invited to collaborate to create 30 new works. The participants presented range from internationally renowned artists to new and emerging artists joining forces to explore new themes and concepts.

All-Star Alliance: Denver’s Cross-Cultural Muralists (Third Floor) July 9-Oct. 3: This unique exhibit features some of Denver’s best-known muralists: Casey Kawaguchi, Karma Leigh, Tuke One, Detour, LaDopa, Moe Gram, and Zaida Sever. In honor of the All-Star Game held in Denver on July 13, these artists were commissioned by Major League Baseball to create baseball themed murals in each artist’s unique style. To complete this exhibition, artists have been invited to present their workshop work.

“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is thrilled to bring Shades of Greatness to Denver as part of the events surrounding the MLB All-Star Game,” said Bob Kendrick, president of NLBM. “The style and creativity displayed in the Black Leagues made baseball an art form. This exhibit beautifully captures that spirit. It uses the power of the visual arts to enlighten and educate the public on an important but once forgotten chapter of baseball. and American history. “

“It is important to remember the history and legacy of Negro Leagues Baseball as it is linked to the tale of America’s favorite pastime. This exhibit highlights and celebrates that history through the art, “continued Dr Raymond Doswell, vice president and curator of the NLBM.

To kick off the exhibitions, free and open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a reception on July 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a round table on July 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in addition to several live painting events where artists will create murals for the MLB-sponsored exhibit on the third floor.

Opening reception, Thursday, July 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m .: Black Love Mural Festival invites the public to celebrate the opening of the exhibitions with a discussion with elected officials entitled “Black Economic Ecosystem Congruence Panel”. The event will also include light refreshments and entertainment by nine-year-old DJ Dope Wave. Suggested donation: $ 52.

Live painting, Saturday July 10, at 2:30 p.m. with Casey Kawaguchi and Zaida Sever (third floor). Free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion – Rock with Us: Business & Culture in Denver, Sunday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m .: This conversation will feature local Colorado business leaders sharing their perspectives on climate, Colorado culture and artistic influences. Intro: Dallas Davis, Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Recruitment, Colorado Rockies, Moderator: Nikki Swarn, CEO and Program Director – THE DROP, Panelists: Robert gray, Creative Director, Rob the Art Museum; Norman Harris, co-founder and managing partner, Holleran Group; Belinda Hooks, President of Marketing, Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council; LilFreshSam, fashion designer, CEO of INFATUE; Dr Ietef “DJ CAVEM” Vita, CEO of #PlantBasedRecords, Closing remarks: Justin Reyes, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, MLB. Free and open to the public.

Live painting, Sunday July 11, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with Tuke One and Casey Kawaguchi (third floor). Free and open to the public.

In addition to reopening with these summer exhibits, the McNichols Civic Center Building is also available to book for private and public events. Newly renovated in 2016, the flexible spaces of the McNichols Building can accommodate everything from corporate events, weddings, birthdays and retirement celebrations to cultural programs, meetings, conferences and panel discussions to large-scale and paid events such as festivals, shows and immersions experiences. Please visit for more information on booking events and the cultural partnership program.


William E. Bennett