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Explore Denver's museums, culture, and technology communities as well as the surrounding area.

This year, we are offering 3 tours on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 and another on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in the evening. 

Advanced Registration Required!

  • Tours are optional and must be purchased in addition to the conference registration. 
  • Space is limited so make sure you make your selection early.


Tour 1: Golden Triangle Creative District
Full Day Tour: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Price: $75.00 per person (includes transportation and lunch)
Capacity: 25
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Take the pulse of the Golden Triangle, Denver’s thriving downtown creative district. Your all-access experience includes behind-the-scenes tours of the jewel-box Clyfford Still Museum and the encyclopedic Denver Art Museum, a journey through the brand new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and a presentation by ArtHyve—a new collective of activists, artists, and archivists pursuing public service through preservation. Maximize your time at MCN with this A-to-Z adventure designed to engage, integrate, and inform myriad professional backgrounds and pursuits.

Tour 2: Art for All: Denver’s Arts District on Santa FeSanta Fe Art District banner
Full Day Tour: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Cost: $50.00 per person (includes lunch)
Capacity: 25

Against the backdrop of the city’s most colorful murals and vibrant public art, join us to explore the Arts District on Santa Fe—a neighborhood built on grass roots and grit that defines Denver’s proud tradition of art with purpose. We start the tour at Access Gallery, a leader in creating economic opportunity for people with disabilities through art, where director Damon McLeese gives an introduction to the current exhibition on art ability and technology, and shares insights on accessibility and inclusion from his vast experience in the field. Just up the street, we stop for a tour of the Center for Visual Art, which serves as an interactive art laboratory for Metropolitan State University Denver students. El Museo de las Americas hosts us for a tour of the exhibition El Infinito, which sets satellite images captured by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company alongside ancient Aztec prophecies and interpretations of the universe. El Museo’s Victoria Paige Gonzalez also leads a conversation about bilingual labels and including Spanish-speaking audiences in your programming and outreach. The tour ends with ReCreative Denver’s Matthew Shaw giving a behind-the-scenes look at Denver’s creative reuse store and community art center, providing background on the organization’s mission of access and sustainability and touring us through the artist studios there. Join your hosts at ReCreative, el Museo de las Americas, the Center for Visual Art, and Access Gallery for a day of democratic discovery.

Tour 3: Boulder, CO 
Full Day Tour: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $75.00 per person (includes transportation & lunch)
Capacity: 25

Join us for a full day tour of Boulder, Colorado where the "plains meet the Rocky Mountains". Known for its picaresque flatirons, home to the University of Colorado and a unique culture, Boulder is frequently ranked one of the happiest, fittest and most educated cities in the US. This tour will include stops at the University of Colorado Art Museum, a behind the scenes tour of the Fiske Planetarium and a visit to the Media Archaeology Lab where you'll learn about their cross-disciplinary approach to experimental research and teaching using still functioning media from the past.


Tour 4: Experiential Design of Dynamic Displays at Blossoms of Light
Evening Tour: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $35.00 per person (includes transportation) Botanic Gardens image
Capacity: minimum 10 - maximum 50

The Denver Botanic Gardens always aims to raise the bar at its public events, especially with the holiday spectacular Blossoms of Light, which in recent years often sells out during its month-long run. One driving factor has been recent efforts to enhance evening events with dynamic displays and interactive programing. This year, they will be projection mapping their iconic Science Pyramid building to display immersive animation and video content. Also returning will be a new iteration of the “Lumenscape” display of thousands of LED lights in the 200 SqFt amphitheater. Since 2016, the “Lumenscape” has been the finale display of animated shows synced to music, with an opportunity for interactivity between shows. Scattered throughout the trail of the event, you will also find holographic illusion projections and of course many thousands of lights! Gavin Culbertson, AV Infrastructure and Media Arts Project Manager and Kristi Horvath, Senior Events Coordinator will give an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the displays, explain how they work, and provide insight on what it took to pull it off for hundreds-of-thousands of ticketed guests.

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Questions about tours? Contact conference@mcn.edu.
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