Northglenn Arts, the city’s arts and culture division, has won national awards for its diverse programming.
They received the 2020 Community Diversity & Inclusion Award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for populations between 10,000 and 49,999. They also earned the 2020 Cultural Diversity Award for populations 50,000 and under from the National League of Cities (NLC).
Northglenn Arts strives to provide community members with access to performing and visual arts, to promote an awareness of the arts, and to enhance the community image through the development of a cultural climate. Additionally, Northglenn Arts provides hands-on experiences for performers, artists, volunteers, and students. Individuals can celebrate their own culture and learn about others in an open-minded, inviting, and experiential setting.
“Our approach is to not only focus on our own in-house programming but is to partner with other entities dedicated to celebrating their own stories and cultures, creating a more diverse and authentic experience for our residents and patrons,” said Michael Stricker, cultural programs supervisor.
Some of the recent activities Northglenn Arts has provided or partnered on include:
- Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, which honors African American heritage while exploring the human condition
- “The History of African American Music,” a presentation in partnership with the Source Theatre Company and the Colorado Black Arts Festival
- Cine en el Parque, which featured a free movie with Spanish subtitles and Latino-themed festivities
- Travel films that highlight cultures throughout the world
- “Interview with a Mexican,” a show that pushes boundaries and leads to insight and perspective, was presented in partnership with Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center
- ImaginASL Performing Arts, which strives to entertain, educate, and unite the deaf and hearing worlds
- Public art installations throughout the community that represent Northglenn’s diversity
- “Bison,” a recycled steel piece that was dedicated with a sacred prayer by a local Lakota spiritual leader
- The Northglenn Tunnel Mural project, created by a young street artist to commemorate the city’s 50th anniversary
- Partnerships with Northglenn High School that celebrate students’ diversity and unique talents
Northglenn Arts prides itself on providing relevant, authentic programming that speaks to and celebrates cultural differences in a way that brings people together. For more information on all its offerings, go to www.northglennarts.org.