Denver’s feisty Art District
Enjoy galleries and theater onlively Santa Fe Drive
Priced out of LoDo during the early-’90s boom, many art galleries landed along Santa Fe Drive, the core of Denver’s Latino community. Today the Art District on Santa Fe mixes galleries, a museum, a theater, and restaurants between Fifth and 10th Avenues, where thousands flock to each month’s festive First Friday Art Walks (next event 6-9 Oct 7; www.artdistrictonsantafe.com or 303/ 574-0040).
At Artists on Santa Fe (closed Sun; 747 Santa Fe Dr.; www.artistsonsantafe.com or 303/573-5903), view diverse works by 13 resident artists, then visit individual studio workshops for a more intimate experience at the gallery co-op. Nearby, the contemporary Sandy Carson Gallery (closed Sun-Mon; 760 Santa Fe Dr.; www.sandycarsongallery.com or 303/573-8585) exhibits fresh talent through tapestries, photography, and other media.
Round out the visit by exploring the Planet Colombia exhibit at Museo de las Américas (closed Mon; $4, $3 students, ages 13 and under free; 861 Santa Fe Dr.; www.museo.org or 303/571-4401), the Rocky Mountains’ premier museum of Latino and indigenous American artistry. Or cap it off with a popular play at the New Denver Civic Theatre (performances Tue-Sun; tickets from $25; 721 Santa Fe Dr.; www.denvercivic.com or 303/309-3773).