colorful illustration of the words Denver Art Museum, Love, Pride, and Art that will appear in the museum's float

The Denver Art Museum Celebrates Pride

Happy Pride Month! On June 16, the DAM is celebrating by joining with about 250 other organizations in the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, one of the largest Pride parades in the country.

Denver PrideFest is June 15-16. This year’s PrideFest pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which launched the contemporary LGBTQ civil rights movement.

The parade begins at 9:30 am at Cheeseman Park and continues down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park. You’ll see the DAM along with some of our peers in the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), including Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Denver Botanic Gardens.

The picture at top is part of what our float will look like. To see the entire design and learn more about the museum's Pride activities, follow @denverartmuseum on social media and share your photos with the hashtag #PrideDAM. Many thanks to IMS Printing & Signs for donating the signage for our Pride float!

Altarpiece by Keith Haring
Keith Haring, Altarpiece, 1990 (cast 1996). White gold patina on bronze. Edition 2 of 9. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Yoko Ono, 1996.204A-C. © The Foundation of Keith Haring

One of the artworks by or relating to the LGBTQ community currently on view at the DAM is Keith Haring’s Altarpiece. This was his last work before he died of AIDS-related illness. The work, given to the museum by Yoko Ono, has become a memorial to Haring and reflects his fundamental belief that art “should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination, and encourages people to go further.”

You can see Altarpiece in The Light Show, an exhibition of more than 250 paintings, sculptures, photos, videos, and other artworks exploring symbolic and physical representations of light. The Light Show is included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and under.

Image at top: Pride float design and illustrations by Elle Levy.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Every day at the museum she is reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."