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  • McNichols Civic Center Building Earns Enviornmental Leadership Award
    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
    The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program recognizes McNichols Civic Center Building as Bronze Achiever.
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    McNichols Building Reopens After Makeover - CBS4
    Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
    The historic McNichols Civic Center Building will reopen Thursday after a year of renovations.
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    With a grand party, Denver reopens its marvelous McNichols Building in Civic Center - Denver Post
    Ray Mark Rinaldi
    Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
    When the 1910 McNichols Building reopens next week week, it’ll be ready for just about anything 2016 might throw its way. It’s part formal meeting space, part party palace. It’s an art gallery and a performing arts theater; a banquet hall that can host weddings and elegant galas, but also a lecture hall where politicians could debate issues or community groups could assemble for rallies.
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    The McNichols Project: Night of Rock! - Denver Westword
    Susan Froyd
    Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
    Denver’s civic-arts center, the McNichols Building, isn’t going away, but it will be spending some downtime over the next year for a makeover, with improvements designed to make the structure more inviting and accessible to the public. To make sure we don’t all forget about the venue while it’s closed, Denver Arts & Venues is shutting it down with a big bash that’s all about activating the space to its fullest. Read more.

    Around Dtown - McNichols Building - Denver 8 TV
    Friday, Aug 15, 2014
    Some interesting facts and fun things to do at the McNichols Building located in Denver's Civic Center Park. View the video.

    High Plains Comedy Festival unveils 2014 lineup, new dates, venues and podcast recordings - Reverb
    By John Wenzel
    Thursday, June 26, 2014
    High Plains Comedy Festival, Denver’s only all-stand-up, multi-day event, has revealed exclusively to Reverb the lineup for its second year...The festival takes place Aug. 22-23 at South Broadway venues 3 Kings Tavern, the Hi-Dive and Mutiny Information Café — with “finale” sets in and outside of the McNichols Building in downtown’s stately Civic Center park. Read more.

    Fifteen arts flashbacks from 2013 - Denver Westword
    Susan Froyd
    Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
    Create Denver's Come Play in the Park, June 21... a day of leisurely picnicking and artifying in Civic Center Park that ended with a big nighttime video-mapping finale projected on the side of McNichols. Read more.

    "Beyond Blue" exhibit celebrates Denver's public art program - The Denver Post
    Joe Vaccarelli
    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
    In 1988, Denver Mayor Federico Peña thought public art was so important he made an executive order to establish a public art program. Now, 25 years later, Denver Arts and Venues is celebrating that program, which was adopted into city ordinance in 1991, with a special exhibit called "Beyond Blue." The public art program ensures that all capital improvements that cost more than $1 million have 1 percent of their of budgets set aside for an art project. "Beyond Blue" will be shown on the third floor of the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., and in the lobby of the Buell Theater. Read more.

    From "Mustang" to the blue bear, Beyond Blue celebrates 25 years of public art in Denver - Denver Westword
    Scott Lentz
    Monday, Oct. 21 2013
    Denver is celebrating 25 years of the city's public art program with Beyond Blue, an exhibition running through December 22 in the lobbies of the Buell Theatre and the McNichols Civic Center Building, where it held an opening reception on October 17. Read more.

    Best Civic Makeover 2013 - Denver Westword
    The McNichols Building started out handsome when it first opened as a Carnegie Library in 1910, and it remained stately through every changing of the guard, including stints as the Denver Water Board office and the Denver Treasury. It was renamed in 1999 for former Colorado governor Stephen McNichols, and then, sadly, sat vacant for ten years. The first glimmer that there might still be life left in the McNichols came with the first Biennial of the Americas three years ago, when it housed art exhibits and roundtables; since then, the city has at least partially completed renovations that make the space more conducive to showing art, hosting events and being rented out. Read More.
     

    Xi Zhang - Rocky Mountain PBS, Arts District
    Thursday, July 18, 2013
    Denver-based painter Xi Zhang, who was selected to represent the United States in the Biennial of the Americas, takes a look at his latest exhibition Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA. View Video.

    Denver International - Denver Westword
    Susan Froyd
    Thursday, July 18, 2013
    How a young painter from mainland China became a local treasure is a story unto itself, but Xi Zhang seems to have settled in Denver, along with a stunning portfolio of mature, explosive work that he’s created here. Some of that work has been seen over the last few years at Plus Gallery, which represents Zhang. Read More.

    Create Denver gets a makeover in 2013 - Denver Westword
    Susan Froyd
    Friday, July 5, 2013
    Last month Create Denver invited residents to Come Play in the Park, an informal BYO-picnic celebration designed to raise awareness of the sights and amenities of Civic Center Park and its newest cultural jewel: the refurbished McNichols Building, the one-time Carnegie Library reborn as a gallery and event space. It also showcased The City Beautiful 2.0, a Create Denver co-working space and collaboration with local artists, architects and designers, and culminated after dark with large-scale video mapping directly on the back of the building. Read more.

    Five Points Jazz on Film presents The Girls in the Band, a look at unheralded musicians - Denver Westword
    Bree Davies
    Thursday, May 16, 2013
    The annual Five Points Jazz Festival is Saturday, May 18, and to kick it off, the city is offering a special screening of the 2011 documentary The Girls In the Band at the McNichols Building tomorrow night. The film traces the history of female jazz musicians who were marginalized and often hidden from the spotlight, starting in the 1930s and continuing to the present day; it includes rare footage of the players, and many sharing their own stories of struggle and triumph on camera. Read More.

    Coral Sphere installed outside the McNichols Building today - Denver Westword
    Nathalia Vélez
    Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
    Denver's Civic Center just added another attraction. Coral Sphere, a sculpture by Yvonne Domenge, was installed this morning in front of the McNichols Building. The two-ton, blue-steel sculpture was previously on display at the Boeing Galleries of Millennium Park in Chicago; it will now reside in Denver, like an abstract sister to the Big Blue Bear. Read More.

    Denver Post art critic Ray Rinaldi picks the top 2012 Colorado fine art moments - Denver Post
    Ray Mark Rinaldi
    Friday, Dec. 28, 2012
    From blockbusters to building renovations, 2012 had its finer highlights. Here are six:
    1. City Beautiful 2.0. Denver got its architectural act together reopening the McNichols Building in Civic Center. The 1910 neo-classical wonder — once a library, lately a tombstone commemorating better days — reopened as a three-story art gallery and events center. Read More

    Denver’s historic McNichols Building re-opens as an event space - Denver Post
    By Joanne Davidson
    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
    A host of Denver’s movers and shakers helped shed new light on the city’s newest event venue, the historic McNichols Building, by attending LIGHT: An Illuminated Celebration. Read More.
     

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