‘Art is the soul of any city’

Englewood Creates offers networking opportunities

Posted 5/31/19

The best of Englewood’s artists, creatives and arts-driven small businesses were all in one building on May 23 at the Englewood Creates Event. The free collaborative effort between Englewood’s …

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‘Art is the soul of any city’

Englewood Creates offers networking opportunities

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The best of Englewood’s artists, creatives and arts-driven small businesses were all in one building on May 23 at the Englewood Creates Event.

The free collaborative effort between Englewood’s Economic Development Program and Black Cube Headquarters, had a goal of helping Englewood’s art community grow through networking. Englewood Creates was held at the Black Cube Headquarters in Englewood.

“It’s a great idea to bring arts and businesses together, because they can benefit each other. I think supporting the creative sector is a really unique aspect of Denver at large, and it makes sense to push that out to the growing communities like Englewood,” said Courtney Still, executive director of Black Cube, a nomadic contemporary art museum.

Still said sometimes artists have a hard time connecting with businesses, because artists will act as independent contractors. She said meeting others at an event like Englewood Creates can open a lot of doors for artists.

Paul Webster owns the Brew on Broadway, an Englewood brewery. He got to benefit from Englewood Creates by networking with other businesses and artists.

“It brings Englewood together where we can talk to each other and meet each other,” Webster said.

He’s lived in Englewood for more than 30 years, and his business has been open for six years.

At a May 20 Englewood City Council meeting, the city declared May 23 as Englewood Creates Day as a way to celebrate artists, creative businesses and entrepreneurs in the city.

“This is a special time to be celebrating what is happening in Englewood,” said Englewood Mayor Linda Olson. “Art is the soul of any city.”

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