Summertime goes hand in hand with outdoor activities-from swimming to hiking to spending time at our local parks. But summer is also a great time to explore the local arts scene in the metro area, with ample opportunity to enjoy some of the best artistic talents from Colorado and around the world-both indoors and out.
Bellco Credit Union takes great pride in its sponsorship of several local art exhibits and organizations, and invites you to check out all that the community has to offer.
A hot summer day is a great time to head inside and check out some of the art exhibits and galleries around town. The Denver Art Museum is the hub for large exhibits-everything from local to internationally recognized artists and exhibits-and is known for the way it helps visitors of all ages explore and interact with art. Bellco is the presenting sponsor of the museum's Free For Kids program, which allows youth ages 18 and under to visit for free.
Summer is the time for outdoor concerts, and there is no shortage of music to go around. Several local and regional parks host outdoor concert series that feature local bands, while larger venues such as Hudson Gardens host national touring acts.
If you'd like to enjoy an indoor air-conditioned show, check out the lineup at the Bellco Theatre, which is hosting a variety of dance, music, and comedy shows this summer.
Take a stroll through the city's neighborhoods and check out all of the amazing murals that can be found on buildings. From Downtown to the RiNo district, to South Broadway, different types of street art featuring very different artistic styles can be found throughout the city. Don't miss the new mural at 15th and Market Streets in Downtown Denver, which was created earlier this year in celebration of Bellco's sponsorship of the Denver Art Museum's Free for Kids program.
Several nonprofit organizations around town focus on helping children and teens get involved in the arts. Whether you are looking to volunteer, try your hand at a new art form, or enroll your kids in a fun camp this summer, there are many organizations supported by Bellco that are worth a look:
•The Art Underground has two locations in Louisville and Lafayette, offering dance, theater, art, and film programs to all ages
•Youth on Record empowers Colorado's underserved youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators
•Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) provides arts education programs for urban youth, ages 3 to 17, with a mission to strengthen the community through the visual arts
There's a rich art scene in Denver for everyone to experience and enjoy this summer. For more information on Bellco's support of the community, including local arts, please visit bellco.org/community/sponsorships/bellcogivesback.