Arts and Culture in Denver – A High-Stakes Game of Musical Chairs?

  • 07 May 2013
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Brown Palace 321 17th St - Log in for member pricing

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In today’s environment, how is Denver’s Arts and Culture community doing? Might we look back on this time in history as a paradigm shift for the business models of cultural organizations? There has clearly been a change in the cultural climate nationwide. Organizations depend on space, funding and popular support to thrive, but in the 21st century United States, the availability of these resources is greatly affected by a new diversity of cultures and interests. Public policy also plays an important role.  Steve Seifert, a Denverite who has served for many years as a board and staff member in the cultural community will provide City Club members and guests a historical context, a comparison of Denver and its peers, and a powerful insight into a potentially different-looking future for Denver’s arts and culture landscape.

About Steve Seifert
Steve Seifert is currently the Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at DU. Prior to joining DU, Steve consulted the City of Denver regarding the renovation of Denver's Historic Auditorium Theatre, now the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Steve spent almost ten years in various capacities at Opera Colorado. Steve currently serves on the boards of The Denver Foundation and the Western Arts Alliance. Steve served as Co-Chairman of the Local Steering Committee for the National Performing Arts Convention (Denver, June 2008).  He has been Co-President, Vice President and a board member of Arts for Colorado. He has served on commissions and task forces appointed by the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and the Western Arts Alliance. Steve has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Region of the Institute of International Education. He practiced commercial bankruptcy and corporate workout law for 14 years with the Denver firm Fairfield and Woods, P.C., where he served two terms as Managing Director.  He received his B.A., ‘79 from Yale College and his J.D., ‘82 from Stanford Law School.

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