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INSPIRE Arts Week Lakewood

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INSPIRE Arts Week is an 11-day annual event that features over 30 free and discounted arts and cultural events through more than 15 Lakewood partner organizations. It includes gallery openings, activities, classes and performances for the whole family. It was born from a community visioning process in 2010, and the event draws attention to the rich and vibrant arts and cultural scene present in Lakewood by connecting the community with its plentiful, diverse and ongoing arts and cultural opportunities and businesses. In 2016, it INSPIRE Arts Week was named "Best Event" in the large community category of the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence.

 

Click on a date below to explore the upcoming events and activities. Share your experiences on social media with the hashtag #InspireLakewood!

May 31 - Thursday
Day 1

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Piano Music, sponsored by Rockley Music

5-6:30 p.m.
Rockley Music presents an evening of music during the free opening of the exhibit Dimensions Variable.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303-987-7845 RockleyMusic.com

 

FREE Exhibit Opening
Dimensions Variable

5-7 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303-987-7845 Lakewood.org/Exhibits

 

FREE Exhibit Opening
James Overstreet: Missing Parts

5-7 p.m.
Lakewood Civic Center, James J. Richey Gallery | 480 S. Allison Pkwy.
303-987-7845 Lakewood.org/Exhibits

 

FREE Creative Night: Valkarie Gallery

5-9:30 p.m.
We invite anyone creative to drop by. We have had graphic designers, jewelers, painters, drawers, paper cut artists, book sculptors, photographers – even a stray musician or two have attended. We all learn from one another and create lasting friendships. Swing on by, bring your “supplies,” hang out and create!
Valkarie Gallery | 445 S. Saulsbury St.
ValkarieFineArt.com

 

FREE Zikr Dance Ensemble Preview

6:30-7 p.m.
Enjoy a preview of Zikr Dance Ensemble’s show ”Runes.” 
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303-987-7845 ZikrDance.com

June 1 - Friday
Day 2

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt

June 1-7; Turn in map & list 5-7 p.m. on June 7.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District on West Alameda. Download the Sculpture Treasure Map & Treasure List at LakewoodCoUSA.com or pick up copies at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map to find each sculpture then write a few words about it. On June 7, bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway Office to receive a prize for participating and learn more about the district’s public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office Alameda Crossing | 275 S. Sheridan Blvd.
LakewoodCoUSA.com

 

FREE Open House & Pottery Project

9 a.m.-noon
Stop by to make a clay tile. Take a tour of the pottery, papermaking, weaving and jewelry studios housed in this historic building.
Washington Heights Arts Center | 6375 W. First Ave.
303.987.5436 | Lakewood.org/WashingtonHeights

 

FREE Rockley Music Education Center’s String Students at Belmar Library

10 a.m.
Come enjoy the sounds of student musicians performing! Featured will be the string students of Melissa Barru, violin and viola teacher at Rockley Music Education Center. Barru believes that everyone can make beautiful music and strives to help her students become confident musicians as well as individuals.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
RockleyMusic.com

 

FREE Art & Revelry @ RMCAD

5-8 p.m.
Community members of all ages are invited to join RMCAD for a night of merriment and celebration of the arts. Visit our historic campus, located along the newly launched ArtLine, to enjoy food and beverage, explore our galleries and studios and watch student performances.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design | 1600 Pierce St.
RMCAD.edu/Events

 

FREE 40 West ArtLine Block Party: Explore Art Outside!

5-8 p.m.
Join a community gathering to #launchtheline and celebrate the official kickoff of the 40 West ArtLine during a 40 West Arts districtwide art walk extravaganza. The entire community is invited to #exploreartoutside through music, food and interactive art festivities. Attendees are invited to participate through painting, viewing, biking and more to celebrate the ArtLine’s park art installations inspired by the discovery and excavation of Colorado’s state fossil – the stegosaurus (see page 6 for details). This event will take place in the heart of the 40 West Arts District.
40 West Arts District | W. Colfax Ave.
40WestArtLine.org

 

FREE First Friday at Lakewood Arts Gallery

5-8 p.m.
A Colorado artists show by the Mountainside Art Guild presented by the Lakewood Arts Gallery. The exhibit features a variety of visual arts. Music, a demonstration and refreshments will be part of the reception. The show closes June 29.
Lakewood Arts Council Gallery | 6731 W. Colfax Ave.
303.980.0625 | LakewoodArtsCouncil.org

 

FREE First Friday Art Walk

6-9 p.m.
Featuring nine artist-owned studio/ galleries in the heart of downtown Lakewood, showing a variety of painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry and photography.
Belmar Block 7 | 445 S. Saulsbury St.
Block7Arts.org

 

FREE NEXT Gallery: Remnants & In a Previous Life Exhibit

6-10 p.m.
First Friday celebration. Join artists Carolyn Berry and Barbara Gal for an exhibit that showcases the diversity and skill of these individuals. Berry uses that which remains after the rest has gone. Combining these with digital photography, collage, encaustic wax and pigments to create canvases and sculptures, she gives these remnants a new life in the universe. Gal has been fascinated by the art and culture of Japan since third grade. The pieces are based on photos, materials, maps and “stuff” from trips to Japan. Exhibition through June 3.
NEXT Gallery | 6851 W. Colfax Ave.
NextartGalleryDenver.com

June 2 - Saturday
Day 3

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt

June 1-7; Turn in map & list 5-7 p.m. on June 7.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District on West Alameda. Download the Sculpture Treasure Map & Treasure List at LakewoodCoUSA.com or pick up copies at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map to find each sculpture then write a few words about it. On June 7, bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway Office to receive a prize for participating and learn more about the district’s public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office Alameda Crossing | 275 S. Sheridan Blvd.
LakewoodCoUSA.com

 

Red Herring Art Supply: Pencil Day! Draw & Doodle

10 a.m.-noon
Come draw, doodle or sketch a live, familysafe costumed model. Bring your pencils, pastels, charcoals and favorite paper. Cost: Tips for the model. Supplies for purchase.
Red Herring Art Supply | 6715 W. Colfax Ave.
RedHerringArt.com


FREE Red Herring Art Supply: Pencil Day! Test Pencils

10 a.m., noon, 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Hard, soft, buttery, crumbly, oily, lightfast, water soluble. What makes one pencil better than another? Art materials guru Kris Autobee separates the hype from the tool and gives participants a chance to test various brand name pencils. Allow 40 minutes.
Red Herring Art Supply | 6715 W. Colfax Ave.
RedHerringArt.com


FREE Artists in Residences Studio Tour

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This is a rare chance to tour 20+ working artists’ private home studios not usually open to the public. Visit artists working in acrylic, oil and watercolor, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, mosaics, photography, handmade violins and more! Pick up a map at Lakewood Cultural Center, Belmar Block 7 or 40 West Arts District.
AnamCaraStudioGallery.com/artistshome-studio-tour or Facebook.com/ArtistsStudioTourLakewoodCO


FREE Sidewalk Art, Demos and Hands-On Experience

Noon-3 p.m.
Outside we will have chalk to draw your favorite designs on the sidewalk! Demonstrations will include glass mosaics, oil painting and colored pencil. Materials will be provided.
Lakewood Arts Council Gallery | 6731 W. Colfax Ave.
303-980-0625 | LakewoodArtsCouncil.org

 

FREE Band Art (for teens)

2-4 p.m.
Create your own unique band or music inspired piece of original art. Event is led by Lakewood Cultural Center instructors. All supplies provided.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

Runes presented by Zikr Dance Ensemble

7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303-987-7845 | ZikrDance.com

June 3 - Sunday
Day 4

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt

June 1-7; Turn in map & list 5-7 p.m. on June 7.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District on West Alameda. Download the Sculpture Treasure Map & Treasure List at LakewoodCoUSA.com or pick up copies at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map to find each sculpture then write a few words about it. On June 7, bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway Office to receive a prize for participating and learn more about the district’s public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office Alameda Crossing | 275 S. Sheridan Blvd.
LakewoodCoUSA.com

 

Runes presented by Zikr Dance Ensemble

7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303-987-7845 | ZikrDance.com

June 4 - Monday
Day 5

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt

June 1-7; Turn in map & list 5-7 p.m. on June 7.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District on West Alameda. Download the Sculpture Treasure Map & Treasure List at LakewoodCoUSA.com or pick up copies at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map to find each sculpture then write a few words about it. On June 7, bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway Office to receive a prize for participating and learn more about the district’s public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office Alameda Crossing | 275 S. Sheridan Blvd. 
LakewoodCoUSA.com

 

FREE Lakewood Historical Society Celebration

3-7 p.m.
Lakewood Historical Society invites you to a celebration of local heritage! Join Jefferson County authors for discussions, book signings and short films about topics such as historic agriculture, architecture and Colfax Avenue. Please bring your Lakewood photographs and stories with you. The Lakewood Historical Society was formed in 1974 to record, preserve and share Lakewood’s history.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303.987.7845 | HistoricLakewood.com

June 5 - Tuesday
Day 6

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt

June 1-7; Turn in map & list 5-7 p.m. on June 7.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District on West Alameda. Download the Sculpture Treasure Map & Treasure List at LakewoodCoUSA.com or pick up copies at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map to find each sculpture then write a few words about it. On June 7, bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway Office to receive a prize for participating and learn more about the district’s public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office Alameda Crossing | 275 S. Sheridan Blvd. 
LakewoodCoUSA.com

 

FREE Drop Into Art

Noon-1 p.m.
At this free and kid friendly event, learn and create some art. Different types of projects will be explored.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303.987.7845 | Lakewood.org/Camps

 

FREE DIY: Make Your Own Instrument (for teens)

3-5 p.m.
Make your own musical instrument out of everyday items. All supplies provided.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

June 6 - Wednesday
Day 7

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt

June 1-7; Turn in map & list 5-7 p.m. on June 7.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District on West Alameda. Download the Sculpture Treasure Map & Treasure List at LakewoodCoUSA.com or pick up copies at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map to find each sculpture then write a few words about it. On June 7, bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway Office to receive a prize for participating and learn more about the district’s public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office Alameda Crossing | 275 S. Sheridan Blvd. 
LakewoodCoUSA.com

 

June 7 - Thursday
Day 8

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt

June 1-7; Turn in map & list 5-7 p.m. on June 7.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District on West Alameda. Download the Sculpture Treasure Map & Treasure List at LakewoodCoUSA.com or pick up copies at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map to find each sculpture then write a few words about it. On June 7, bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway Office to receive a prize for participating and learn more about the district’s public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office Alameda Crossing | 275 S. Sheridan Blvd. 
LakewoodCoUSA.com

 

FREE Creative Night: Valkarie Gallery

5-9:30 p.m.
We invite anyone creative to drop by. We have had graphic designers, jewelers, painters, drawers, paper cut artists, book sculptors, photographers – even a stray musician or two have attended. We all learn from one another and create lasting friendships. Swing on by, bring your “supplies,” hang out and create!
Valkarie Gallery | 445 S. Saulsbury St. 
ValkarieFineArt.com

June 8 - Friday
Day 9

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy.
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Exhibit Curator Talk

1-3 p.m.
Join Lakewood’s Arts Curator Laine Godsey in the North Gallery for a curator talk and tour of Dimensions Variable and Missing Parts exhibitions.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303.987.7845 | Lakewood.org/Exhibits

 

FREE Art in Action: Arts on Belmar Open Galleries

4-8 p.m.
Wonder how art is created? Stop by the block to see how it is done! Live painting, jewelry making, photography, furniture refinishing and more! Featuring Valkarie Gallery, Julie Havel Arts, iNk Jewelry, Sally Centigrade Gallery, Twigs and Twine, Melissa Behr Fine Art and Art of Her.
Arts on Belmar | 445 S. Saulsbury St. 
Block7Arts.org

June 9 - Saturday
Day 10

FREE Community Creation: Poetry Wall

Open hours
Drop in to the Belmar Library lobby to participate in our giant velcro poetry wall. Decorate preprinted word cards with provided art supplies, arrange and rearrange on the wall to create poems, then watch them transform during the week. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

FREE Make Something: Vinyl Rocks! (for adults)

1-3 p.m.
Recycle vinyl record albums into fruit bowls and hanging planters. Make a retro macramé hanger for the planter. All supplies provided.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

Giselle presented by Ballet Melange

2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303.987.7845 | Classical-Ballet-Academy.com | Tickets

 

FREE Opening Reception: Valkarie Gallery Presents the work of Colleen Tully

5-8:30 p.m.
Colleen Tully’s work is inspired by poetry, gothic literature, music, random images and other contemporary artists. The literature and poetry from the Victorian age is the most influential through the use of nature, human experience and the rise of new thought through science and the Industrial Revolution. This promises to be a show filled with powerful imagery and emotional content.
Valkarie Gallery | 445 S. Saulsbury St. 
ValkarieFineArt.com

 

FREE Rockin’ Block Party

5-11 p.m.
The City of Lakewood honors the City’s heritage and its dedicated residents by hosting this free community event. This year’s event offers fun for all ages with games, live music, affordable food options and a family-friendly movie under the stars.
Lakewood Heritage Center | 801 S. Yarrow St.
303.987.7850 | Lakewood.org/RockinBlock

 

FREE Rockley Music Student House Band at Rockin’ Block Party

6-9 p.m.
House Band is Rockley Music Education Center’s student rock band. The students learn and perform all styles from the classics to jazz to current pop. They also compose and arrange their own music! They are led by Sean King, instructor and performer with SPiNRaD, a jazz, fusion and rock band that performs across the United States.
Lakewood Heritage Center | 801 S. Yarrow St. 
RockleyMusic.com

June 10 - Sunday
Day 11

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

Open hours
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate INSPIRE Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw, and add your own creative flair. Come work on this project for five minutes or all afternoon. All ages.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. 
JeffcoLibrary.org

 

Mixed Repertory by Ballet Melange

4 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
303.987.7845 | Classical-Ballet-Academy.com | Tickets

 

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors

For more information on event sponsorship, please contact Emily Andrews at EmiAnd@Lakewood.org or 303.987.7871.

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