Family making art at the Denver Art Museum on Free First Saturday

SCFD Renewal Effort in Final Weeks

In the new exhibition Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, museum visitors can take a trip to Venice right in their own backyard. The immersive exhibition transports visitors to Venice in the mid-1400s to early 1500s, when artists developed a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. The exhibition features about 50 works, including 19 from the Gallerie dell’Accademia and many that rarely travel outside of Europe. And it’s all included in general admission, which means it’s free for all museum visitors on museum free days (the next is Saturday, Nov. 5), thanks in part to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Citizen support of SCFD helps bring world-class exhibitions like Glory of Venice (as well as past favorites Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, Becoming Van Gogh, and Women of Abstract Expressionism) to the museum. Additionally, by helping underwrite Free First Saturdays every month, SCFD funding contributes to making these incredible opportunities accessible to all.

The SCFD renewal campaign is now in its final weeks. Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 17, and Election Day is Nov. 8. Popsicle the Polar Bear, the SCFD mascot, has been making his way around town to appear at events hosted by the more than 300 organizations funded by SCFD, and renewal yard signs have popped up in yards across the seven-county district.

If you want to help get out the vote, there is still time to volunteer. Grab a few friends and wave signs on street corners during peak traffic times. Display a yard sign in your own yard. Or simply talk to friends and neighbors about SCFD, its impact on the region, and how any of the 300+ funded organizations have played a role in the memories your family has created together. On social media, share and follow posts using the hashtags #ThanksSCFD, #GraciasSCFD and #CultureforAll.

Infographic about the 300 cultural organizations supported by SCFD in the categories of art, botany, cultural history, dance, music, nature, and theater.

Kristy Bassuener is the director of communication and public affairs at the Denver Art Museum.

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