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SCFD Eligibility Open House


Join us Tuesday, August 30 for the SCFD Eligibility Open House What?   The SCFD Office welcomes you to join us in a conversation about your organization's eligibility application. Do you have questions about the application?  Are you unsure if the forms you are submitting are the... Read More ⇒

Annual Report, 2015 Audit, and SCFD Rack Card Now Available for Your Viewing Pleasure!


SCFD has posted the 2015 Annual Report and 2015 Audit online, available here: The SCFD Rack Card is available for viewing here:   Thank you to all the organizations... Read More ⇒

Chihuly Glass in the Gardens


After more than three years of planning, this weekend the Denver Botanic Gardens opens its outdoor exhibition of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly, June 14th. Chihuly is one of the most well known artists in glass sculpting. He has had exhibits all over the world, ranging in size and form, his artwork... Read More ⇒

Seven Counties of Impact


The SCFD funds nonprofit organizations and agencies of local government that provide cultural benefit to the Denver Metro Area residents. SCFD was approved by voters (and reauthorized twice!) due to the positive cultural impact it provides metro residents. The SCFD spans a seven county region,... Read More ⇒

So what exactly is the SCFD and what does it do?


Many people don't know a whole lot about the SCFD, only about the great organizations that SCFD funds: the Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Denver Botanic Gardens. And thats okay, we kind of like it that way. Through... Read More ⇒

Why was SCFD Created?


In August 1981, Denver’s Office of Budget and Management informed its four main city-operated cultural institutions – the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, the Museum of Natural History and the Denver Botanic Gardens – that their subsidies for 1982 would be slashed by $2 million.... Read More ⇒

Robots at the Hanger


Ever see robots on tv or in the movies? Think The Jetsons, Bicentennial Man, or iRobot. Thinking that it’s all fictional, that there is no way these stories could play out? Well maybe not quite yet, but potentially in the near future. As technology advances, the capabilities of robots are... Read More ⇒

Cultural Classes for All Ages


Don’t be fooled by all the snow on the ground, summer will be here before you know it!  Now is a great time to start investigating all of the enriching spring classes and summer camps metro area organizations have to offer.  Remember, you don’t have to be a kid to take... Read More ⇒

Grand Opening for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Megan Garn | 2014-02-10

Feb. 14, the opening of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s exhibit: “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.” Not only is this the opening of the largest exhibition on the ancient Maya ever displayed in the United States, but is also marks the grand opening of the museum’s... Read More ⇒

Donation to the Denver Art Museum that puts Denver on the Map

Megan Garn | 2014-01-14

The Denver Art Museum just announced that it has received their largest donation ever today, from a man named Frederic C. Hamilton. Hamilton, a pioneer in America’s oil industry in the late 1960s, not only serves as Chairman of the Hamilton Companies he helped create, but also serves as the... Read More ⇒

SCFD Celebrates Leadership, Arts Advocacy & Volunteerism


On Wednesday, November 20th 2013 the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District will host the Rex Morgan Awards in Ponti Hall at the Denver Art Museum honoring nominees and award recipient Rita Flores de Wallace.  Enjoy performances by the Martin Gilmore Trio of Swallow Hill Music, Mudra... Read More ⇒

Explosive Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Can you huff, puff and blow a house in? Does toast always tend to land butter-side down? Does running in the rain get you less wet than walking through it? Can you really make a canoe out of duct tape? Mythbusters: the Explosive Exhibit opens today at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. ... Read More ⇒

Get Lost at the Corn Maze


Fall is in the air and what not a better way to take it all in than at Denver Botanic Garden Chatfield’s Corn Maze?  This year the maze is a Colorado flag design, sure to be a challenge for the whole family!  Denver Botanic Garden’s Chatfield will also have hay rides, pony... Read More ⇒

B-Cultured: Great Art & One Sweet Ride


The Clyfford Still Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), and Denver B-Cycle have an exciting new partnership called B-cultured where you can petal your way from one museum to the next.  At only $25 (or better yet $15 for Clyfford Still Museum or MCA Denver members) the package... Read More ⇒

Dragon Boat Time


This weekend enjoy one of the metropolitan area’s best festivals- The Dragon Boat Festival.  The festival includes, dragon boat races, an Asian marketplace, and many activities at the main performing arts stage.  The festival also has robust programming for the little tikes, dubbed... Read More ⇒

Happening Now: Biennial of the Americas


Downtown Denver celebrates North, Central, and South America is this invigorating festival from July 16 through September 2, 2013. Highlights of the celebration include public symposiums, clinicas, dynamic cultural programs, events, and exhibitions.  For more information on the plethora of... Read More ⇒

"Live Love Art"


This weekend, July 5, 6, & 7 is the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival.   One of the regions largest festival, the Cherry Creek Art Festival is not only visually stimulating, but it also offers superior culinary experiences, live performances, and fun activities for the kids.  The 2013... Read More ⇒

Take Flight! Spend the Day at Wing's Over the Rockies


Now here is something truely unique!  From 10am-2pm, Saturday June 15 is Cockpit Demo Day at Wings Over the Rockies Aviation Museum.  Wing's has partnered with Aviation Xtreme Flight Simulation Center to create a new interactive experience for aviation lovers.  So put down those video... Read More ⇒

Summer Art Market is here!

SCFD | 2013-06-05

Art Students League of Denver hosts their annual Summer Art Market this weekend June 8th and 9th at 200 Grant Street. The Market opens at 10:00am both days and runs till 7:00pm Saturday and 5:00pm Sunday.  Make a day of it!  Pick up a new piece of local art for the home, enjoy free... Read More ⇒

Dreaming of a Free Shakespeare Play?

SCFD | 2013-05-22

This Friday, May 24, you can attend a wonderful ballet performance of Shakespeare’s romantic-comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch, presented by the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association and the Metro District of Highlands Ranch. Theatre... Read More ⇒

Cozy up to Bluff Lake Nature Center's Fireside Chat!

SCFD | 2013-05-14

Fireside Chats are back at Bluff Lake Nature Center this summer! Starting thursday, May 30, visitors of the Bluff Lake Nature Center can attend one of the bi-weekly chats which are both fun and educational. This week’s Fireside Chat presentation - Children’s Music, is presented by Music... Read More ⇒

American Visionaries: Dorothea Lange and Maynard Dixon at the Longmont Museum

SCFD | 2013-05-07

Here at SCFD one of our main focuses is to ensure that cultural happenings are accessible to all citizens of the District.  Did I mention we love free days? Keep reading to learn about our top free day for this weekend... The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is hosting their monthly... Read More ⇒

Chug On Down to the Colorado Railroad Museum

SCFD | 2013-05-01

The Colorado Railroad Museum is offering free admission this coming Saturday, May 4th. The old iron horse has captivated the minds of Americans for generations and is an integral part of Colorado’s history. The Colorado Railroad Museum does a fantastic job of instructing patrons on the lives... Read More ⇒

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Is Just The Ticket

SCFD | 2013-04-23

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra wraps up its 2012-2013 season, this Saturday, April, 27 with Land of the Midnight Sun at the Macky Auditorium in Boulder. The concert draws its inspiration from Scandinavia and Nordic cultures with an emphasis on nature. Michael Butterman, music director... Read More ⇒

Día del Niño- Enjoy it Once or Twice!


Día del Niño at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Saturday, April 20, 2013 Free Admission! 11am-1pm Enjoy an afternoon of fun with your young ones by joining BMoCA for a festive children’s day celebration, a traditional Mexican holiday.  Activities include... Read More ⇒

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Celebrates Earth Day

SCFD | 2013-04-15

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is holding a SCFD Community Free Day Sunday, April 21 in celebration of Earth Day. The day includes many exciting activities for all ages including an anniversary celebration of the snarling Saber Tooth Cat, which has been a museum fixture for startling... Read More ⇒

Take in Some Art... For Free!


The arts give us insight to beauty, form, and expression of emotion, and our own inner creativity-  and this weekend admission is free to two of the Denver metropolitan area's best art museums!  Mark your calenders- both the Denver Art Museum and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art have... Read More ⇒

Spring is Here!


As the last wisps of winter wane, the Wildlife Experience Heralds the coming of spring with its annual Spring Extravaganza Saturday, March 30. The event includes many activities, crafts, and games for all ages with a “conservation twist”. To attend the event, simply purchase a regular... Read More ⇒

Happy St. Patrick's Day from SCFD!

Erica | 2013-03-15

So many events going on in the community to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Here are a couple of our favorites! March 15th Gobs O'Phun St. Pat's Concert at Swallow Hill"This show will be more entertaining than any other musical event scheduled to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Come... Read More ⇒

Clyfford with a "Why"

Erica | 2013-03-08

On Friday March 15, at the Boettcher Concert Hall, see a fantastic collaboration between two of my favorite organizations- the Colorado Symphony and the Clyfford Still Museum.  "Projected images of Still’s work, provided by Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum, will be shown throughout... Read More ⇒

Bugs We Love, Saturday February 23rd at the Butterfly Pavilion

Erica | 2013-02-22

Stay inside this weekend and have a bugtastic day at the Butterfly Pavilion! The Butterfly Pavilion presents the “Bugs We Love Event,” this Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In addition, to the Pavilion's already amazing and educational exhibits there will be... Read More ⇒

Mammoths and Mastodons at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Erica | 2013-02-15

A huge exhibit opens at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science today, Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age.  This highly interactive exhibit is educational, stimulating, and entertaining for all ages!  Learn about baby mammoth Lyuba, the best preserved mammoth is ever... Read More ⇒

Georgia O'Keeffe opens at the Denver Art Museum Sunday!

Erica | 2013-02-08

The Denver Art Museum is on a roll! Last fall audiences were thrilled by Becoming Van Gogh and now this spring DAM will wow audiences once again with Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land.  O'Keefe is typically known for large format flora representations, but... Read More ⇒

Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project


Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project is a full-length contemporary ballet and Holocaust education partnership that promotes the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue. Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project will... Read More ⇒

A Journey of the Human Spirit


Viktor Ullmann’s opera “The Emperor of Atlantis” and Garrett Ammon’s world premiere dance set to Ofer Ben-Amots’ “From Darkness to Light” A unique collaboration between the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center, the Colorado Symphony, Central City... Read More ⇒

Happy New Year


2013 is upon us, and I am really excited to begin such an vibrant year.  Change is definitely in the air here at the SCFD office.  Staff has been working diligently over the past couple of years to launch the new Tier III grant application on WESTAF's Grants Online™ platform and it... Read More ⇒

Popsicle Goes to School


Did you know that the Alliance Project partners the arts, cultural and science organizations who are Full members with teachers in creating curriculum applications and learning opportunities for students.  Without cost to the school, performances, workshops, guest... Read More ⇒

2012 Rex Morgan Award Ceremony


    Vicki Sterling’s name has officially been in engraved on the Rex Morgan Tribute sculpture. She has joined a growing list of amazing individuals who have served our cultural community.  Last week artist, Patrick Marold, engraved the name of the latest recipient of... Read More ⇒

2012 CBCA Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture is Available Now!


The 2012 CBCA Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture has been released and has been a big hit!  Biannually CBCA collects data from SCFD organizations to produce the Economic Activity Study to show the impacts arts, culture, and science have on our community.  Total economic... Read More ⇒

Now Accepting Rex Morgan Nominations!


Who’s name will be engraved next? It’s official!  The 2012 Rex Morgan Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 14th from 5:30-7:00pm at the Studio Lofts at the Denver Arts Complex.  Join us for an evening full of entertainment and celebrating those great people who have... Read More ⇒

2012 Rex Morgan Award


Rex Morgan Tribute, giving back to the community. In 2009, a committee was formed to commission a public art sculpture to highlight the contributions of the recipients of the Rex Morgan Award, to elevate awareness of SCFD and Mr. Morgan’s contributions and to thank the public for over 20... Read More ⇒

Get to Know Your SCFD!


In May the five Tier I institutions gave their annual presentations to the SCFD Board of Directors at their monthly meeting.  To tell the truth this is one of my favorite board meeting.  It is a great time to learn about upcoming things happening at the Tier I's, and it is always inspiring... Read More ⇒

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