A Quilter's Journey: My Road to Denver Exhibit
On Display Until August 29 ~ Reception August 15, 12-4 p.m.
Members of the Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild (RMWSQG) will depict their individual journeys to Colorado. These quilts, original in design, are 18" x 24" and will be displayed both vertically and horizontally, with no borders or bindings, so that when hung together the roads and byways the members traveled will connect them to Denver. Though predominantly of African-American ancestry, the RMWSQG celebrates ethnic diversity in membership, as well as in the many different patterns displayed in their quilts. For information about the guild visit their website.
1985-2015: KUVO Celebrates 30 Years Exhibit
On Display Until September 9
In celebration of bringing jazz to Denver for 30 years, KUVO has teamed up with the Blair-Caldwell Library to create an exhibit sure to take jazz lovers down a musical memory lane! Since its very first record dropped on August 29, 1985, KUVO 89.3 Jazz FM has proudly been offering a mix of jazz, Latino and blues. Located in a studio in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, KUVO has established a go-to hub for musicians from around the world. Explore the colorful history of KUVO from, "humble beginnings fueled mostly by inspiration to the world-renowned jazz station we are today" (KUVO Music Director Arturo Gómez).
KUVO Presents: A Jazz at the Movies Afternoon Part 2
Saturday, August 22, 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a jazz-filled Saturday afternoon matinee featuring a jazz cartoon, jazz performance short and the featured film Icons Among Us, Jazz in the Present Tense. Q&A hosted by jazz89 KUVO's Musical Director Arturo Gómez. Complimentary lemonade and theater popcorn will be served.
Icons Among Us, Jazz in the Present Tense (2009)
This film captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution. Through interviews and live performance footage, explore the thoughts and lives of the musicians spearheading today's jazz front lines. Directed by Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson and Peter J. Vogt, Icons Among Us examines the jazz music scene today by focusing the spotlight on many current jazz icons including Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Donald Harrison Jr., Anat Cohen, Esperanza Spalding, and Medeski Martin and Wood. The film also features the legendary predecessors and influences of today's contemporary jazz stars, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis.
Run time: 93 mins
Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited
On Display Until August 31
A moving tribute toward the triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change, shared through photos and words of African American philanthropists, including Denver notables.
Groundbreaking in focus and depth, “The Soul of Philanthropy” exhibition presents stories of generosity among Americans of African descent. Centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs about giving, though rarely acknowledged as “philanthropy” in Black communities, have long been an integral and transformational force in lives and communities throughout American society. Photography, poetry and prose weave vivid stories and reveal the long and unsung legacy of Black philanthropists—from generous donors of wealth to ingenious givers carving a way out of no way.
Sponsors: DAAP - Denver African American Philanthropists, The Denver Foundation, Denver (CO) Chapter of The Links, Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, NGAAP - Charlotte and SPIN - Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs
Slam NUBA Presents: Poetry & Pancakes
Saturday, August 29, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Poetry & Pancakes is a monthly writing workshop open to all ages. Each program is coordinated by the award-winning and Denver-based literary organization Slam NUBA all to the tune of a wonderful breakfast.
Remaining Workshop Dates:
Saturday, September 26, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Slam NUBA is a nationally recognized award-winning organization that focuses on literacy, mentorship and competitive based poetry. The mission of Slam NUBA is to promote the creation and performance of poetry, by cultivating literacy activities and engaging the community, fixated on the power of the written and spoken word in Denver, Colorado.
For more information contact the Blair-Caldwell Library at (720) 865-2401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Engage programming is adult and family programming located at branch libraries throughout the city of Denver. These programs include crafting, music, history, authors and more. All of our events can be found on the Denver Public Library events calendar and our programming brochure (which are distributed to all of our branch locations).