Riverfront Park Movie Night

 

This Thursday, the Riverfront Park Social Club will be putting on a movie night for the neighborhood residents.  On the grass park behind the Riverfront Tower building we will set up an inflatable screen to show The Hunger Games.  This is open to everyone and you can bring your own cooler for refreshments.  Popcorn will be provided and the movie will start at sunset.  Residents are encouraged to stop by McLaughlin’s or Zengo prior to the movie for happy hour or  quick bite.  You can set up your chairs and blanket starting at 5:00 PM.  I hope you can make it.  The Riverfront Park Social Club is funded by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation.

Platte Forum hosts sneak peak

The USA Pro Challenge bike race will be back for a second year this August 20-26th.  As a part of the celebration, Denver-based artists have transformed 12 actual bicycles into pieces of art that will be placed along the route.  Platte Forum’s former artist in residence Chris Hecker has designed one of these spectacular bikes.   Each of the 12 bikes will be representing a country whose team is competing in the race.  The bikes will be displayed at DIA on top of the baggage carousels in the month of August.  When the exhibit is over, the bicycle representing the USA will stay as a part of DIA’s permanent collection and the rest of the bikes will be auctioned off to benefit local charities.  Platte Forum is hosting a sneak peak of these bicycles and an opportunity to meet the artists that designed them.  The reception for the USA Pro Challenge Bike Art is going to be held on July 25th.  If you are interested in attending this event at Platte Forum, RSVP to Jeannie at jwert@visitdenver.com.

POSTPONED UNTIL 9/22 Riverfront Park Movie Night

Thursday 9/22, the Riverfront Park Social Club will host the third annual Movie Night.  A huge inflatable screen will be set up in the park behind the Riverfront Tower building.  Residents bring their comfy chairs or a blanket and enjoy free popcorn while watching a movie outdoors.  We will be showing X-Men: First Class starting at sunset.  This event is sponsored by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation.  This is a great way for neighborhood residents to meet, mingle and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.  I hope to see you there at 7:00, don’t forget that coolers are welcome!

The Red Forest Wins Award!

The Westword’s Best of Denver Edition named the “Red Forest” sculpture in the Riverfront Park Plaza Best New Public Art for 2011!  Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos specifically designed this sculpture for this space in the Plaza under the Millennium Bridge.  It looks like a field of giant red and orange reeds or grasses, gently swaying in the wind to mimic the rhythms of nature.  The artwork installed last September, was funded by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation with the artist selection process overseen by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.

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4th Annual Riverfront Park Ski Trip

Last Saturday was the 4th Annual Riverfront Park Ski Trip.  I’m so excited that 50 residents of the neighborhood took a chartered bus to Copper Mountain.  The first two years we were able to take the Ski Train up to Winter Park for a wonderful day of skiing.  We hope in the future that option comes back, but for now it gives us the opportunity to ski at different resorts.  The event is organized by the Riverfront Park Social Club and is funded by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation.  After we returned to the neighborhood we had a Happy Hour at ZENGO to finish a great day with our friends.  Throughout the year, the RFP Social Club hosts many fun events for our residents including outdoor movie nights, the block party and a holiday party.  It’s a great way to promote community within our neighborhood.

Riverfront Park 2011 Homeowner Kick-Off Party

I realize I’m a few days late getting this posted but it was a great event!  Last Thursday was the Riverfront Park 2011 Homeowner Kick-Off Party.  Siri Sellers, head of concierge for the neighborhood and I hosted a party celebrating the New Year.  The party was held in the main train hall of Union Station on the mezzanine level and about 150 neighborhood residents joined us. It was a great night with much conversation about the current market and the redevelopment of Union Station. We had delicious food from Zengo and beverages from Little Raven Vineyards. The party was sponsored by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation.  Each time a property is transferred within the community, a .5% assessment is made to this foundation. This money funds several different non-profit organizations but also goes towards making the Riverfront Park Neighborhood a better place to live.  The Riverfront Park Community Foundation sponsors several different homeowner events throughout the year and we are looking forward to our next event, the annual ski trip!  One of the best things about living in Riverfront Park is the incredible community.  The different events and socials help make this a tight-knit community and there is something for everyone.   I can honestly say, you would love living here!

Riverfront Park Block Party

Riverfront Park is having the first ever Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, October 9th (tomorrow!!!). Bassett Street in front of Glass House will be shut down between 17th and 18th from 3-6pm. The entire neighborhood will be invited to come listen to Chris Thompson and the Coral Creek Band, mingle with your incredible neighbors and eat from four of Denver’s best food trucks.  There will also be a raffle for some great prizes including gift certificates to Esquire Fabricare, Riverfront Athletic Club, Zengo, Ink!, a case of wine and an original painting of your favorite four legged friend. The proceeds of the raffle will go toward the Railyard Dog Park.  This great event is sponsored by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation and was organized by Siri Sellers, Jenn Russell and me!  I hope to see all of you there!

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Red Forest Sculpture

The Red Forest, Riverfront’s newest permanent art piece, is almost complete.  Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos specifically designed this sculpture for this space in the Riverfront Park Plaza under the Millennium Bridge.  It looks like a field of giant red and orange reeds or grasses, gently swaying in the wind to mimic the rhythms of nature.  The artwork was funded by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation with the artist selection process overseen by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.  It’s pretty cool and adds color to the beautiful Riverfront Park Plaza.

Here at Home: 6 Artists

There are six artists working in some of the retail spaces in the Riverfront Plaza. The exhibit is called Here at Home: 6 Artists, and it is a collaboration between Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Platteforum. The art is centered on the theme for the Biennial of Americas: Innovation, Sustainability, The Arts and Community. They started creating the exhibits on July 1st but displaying the art on August 5th. The program will run through August 27th and is free and open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from noon-4pm. Among the artists there are two writers, a sculptor, a ceramic artist, an installation/performer, and muralist.

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Platte Forum is Up for an Award

Great news! Platte Forum’s Artlab program has been selected as a semifinalist in President Obama’s Coming Up Taller award. This award recognizes and supports outstanding community arts and humanities programs. The goal is to celebrate the creativity of America’s youth by providing them opportunities to learn and contribute to their communities. After reviewing 459 nominations from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the ArtLab program was selected as one of the 50 semifinalists, distinguishing it as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the nation. If selected for the award, PlatteForum will receive a plaque and a check for $10,000 presented by Michelle Obama in Washington D.C.

PlatteForum’s Artlab program is an intensive year-round internship and apprentice program for underserved high school students from Denver Schools. Each year about 15 students are chosen from a variety of schools with diverse backgrounds and interests. They are paid a stipend to help instill responsibility, reward achievement, inspire new confidence and encourage goals for participants. Over the course of the year, there are four to six Creative Residents teaching and encouraging these incredible kids to explore the world of arts. At the end of the visiting artist’s time, the art created is presented to the public. PlatteForum is a beneficiary of the Riverfront Park Community Foundation which is funded by the Riverfront Park Transfer Assessment.

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