Historic Denver preps 50th bash
“Looking Forward/Looking Back,” a new exhibition running March 19-Sept. 19 at the Molly Brown House Museum, will retrace Historic Denver’s five-decade journey of saving and highlighting historic treasures under threat — starting with its very first project, the Molly Brown House Museum.
“Visitors will learn about the painstaking restoration of each room in the house and the detective work done to find some of the Brown’s furnishings and art,” organizers wrote of the limited-capacity exhibit. It coincides with 50 Actions for 50 Places, a campaign that seeks to identify “the next 50 places worthy of preservation action,” along with the community’s help, Historic Denver officials said in a press statement.
Starting March 1, the public can nominate properties through a map and form on its website. In May, the nonprofit will announce the 50 properties it hopes to highlight through “storytelling, interpretive markers, technical assistance, and nominations for recognition or protection through local, state and federal programs,” according to Historic Denver. Visit historicdenver.org for details.
A brighter Lighthouse
Denver-based Lighthouse Writers Workshop, one of the region’s largest literary incubators and event producers, earlier this month announced a new home at 39th Avenue and York Street. The $1.6 million, donor-led project includes major grants from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Gates Family Foundation, leaders of the nonprofit literary organization said in a press statement.
“This new facility will give them permanent real estate security and significantly increase their capacity to serve the community …,” said Bonfils-Stanton president Gary Steuer, following his organization’s $250,000 grant. The project calls for an 11,000-square-foot new building to host adult and youth workshops, as well as its annual Lit Fest and other events. Lighthouse serves more than 40,000 people annually with literary programming, the organization said.
Previously, Lighthouse has occupied a number of historic Denver homes leased from various entities. Visit lighthousewriters.org for details.
Women+Film sets dates
Barbara Bridges’ 11th annual Women+Film festival, which has gone the way of so many others during coronavirus with virtual programming, will return April 13-18, producers at Denver Film said. As one of the smaller festivals that the nonprofit Denver Film oversees — including next month’s Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival — Women+Film’s move to online-only screenings was long foreseen.
This year’s festival will feature more than 15 premieres including local stories, “powerful documentaries and compelling narratives,” organizers wrote. “We will also present poignant conversations with community leaders focused around the films in the festival and pressing issues facing the community.” Festivals passes are on sale for $110, with single tickets coming later. Visit denverfilm.org for details.
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