WHERE LOCAL MEETS GLOBAL
PROFILE | ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE
When Metropolitan State University of Denver (then Metropolitan State College of Denver) first established an off-site art gallery, the location was far from perfect. Although the lower downtown address may seem like ideal real estate today, in 1990, it was a downtrodden neighborhood on the mostly undeveloped outskirts of downtown.
With a 2008 move to the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, however, something happened: The Center for Visual Art (CVA) blossomed into not only a visible and accessible arm of the university, but also a standalone force that serves the surrounding area. Maintaining that balance begins with relevant, challenging exhibitions and extends to community involvement and even workforce development.