2015 Biennial of the Americas to Host Inspiring Symposium Series, Free Public Festivals and Art and Cultural Celebrations in Downtown Denver, July 14-19

DENVER--()--From July 14–19, 2015, the Biennial of the Americas will host an international festival of ideas, art and culture featuring art exhibitions and performances by international artists, panel discussions showcasing leaders from throughout the Americas, the Biennial Pavilion (1550 Wewatta St.) and free evening festivals. The most inspiring artists, innovators and experts will explore the theme “NOW!,” examining today’s exceptional times in the Western Hemisphere. This year’s Biennial will bring together nearly 60 artists, speakers and international leaders from over 25 countries to Denver.

The 2015 Biennial will promote action and inspire critical thinking through a combination of innovative workshops, world-class symposia and clinicas. Additionally, the Biennial will integrate Denver’s vibrant cultural scene into the festival through numerous family-friendly performances and free public events.

Symposium Series: Welcoming international leaders to the Mile High City, Denver invites the public to five symposium discussions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Seawell Ballroom where renowned journalists including Tina Brown, Maria Bartiromo, León Krauze, and Alicia Menendez will moderate conversations with innovators in a variety of fields including education, technology, entrepreneurship, energy, trade, public health, natural resources and politics. These discussions will showcase the importance of various issues affecting the Americas and promise to be insightful and inspirational.

  • July 14 - Generation NOW!: New Leadership for a New World
  • July 15 - Women’s Leadership Luncheon: How women have shaped the workplace, philanthropy and global communities
  • July 15 - Business NOW!: The Case for a New North-South Market Vision
  • July 16 - Community NOW!: Legalization: The Next Phase in the War on Drugs?
  • July 17 - Special Panel of Mayors of the Americas: Government NOW!: The Return of the City-State

Biennial Art Program: From July 14 and continuing throughout the summer, artists participating in the 2015 Biennial of the Americas will represent the entire Western Hemisphere that will feature new work by nearly 60 artists representing North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The program will encompass visual art, music and dance in response to current issues and questions affecting the Americas NOW!

Among the works on view will be two major public commissions: Implant – a site-specific installation by Marcela Armas will be sited in both Denver and Mexico City, creating a visual dialogue between the two cities, and an abstract video work by Mexican artist Erick Meyenberg at the Denver International Airport, featuring students from a local high school drill team. The main exhibition, titled Now? NOW! at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, is a group exhibition with new works by a number of artists including Robert Longo, André Komatsu, Karl Haendel, Adam Pendleton, and Kari Altmann. Oíd el Sueño de una Palabra/Listen to the Dream of a Word at the Biennial Pavilion is a collaboration between Mexico City curatorial collective de_sitio and Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico, a museum in Mexico City created to protect the city’s artifacts.

Free Events/Festivals: Cultural festivals to encourage patrons to experience the diversity of the Americas through food, fun, music and more.

  • July 14, Biennial Opening Night Street Party and Celebration
    8 – 11 p.m., Biennial Pavilion
    The Biennial of the Americas presents a vibrant evening street festival featuring music by Flobots and Making Movies and the opening of the exhibition Oíd el Sueño de una Palabra/Listen to the Dream of a Word, a project by de_sitio in collaboration with Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico and Colectivo Xico Arte.
  • July 15, STEAM (STEM + Art) Day
    10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Biennial Pavilion
    The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) opens its Biennial Poetry and Performance Cafe, Televisa Foundation Presents Great Minds in STEM, The Orange Economy presented by author Felipe Buitrago and Denver Museum of Nature and Science Presents Virtual Art Station Titan.
  • July 16, Community Day
    10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Biennial Pavilion
    Events and performances include: Resilient Communities Conversation at the BMoCA Poetry and Performing Arts Cafe, with participants from Motus Theatre, Los Dreamers, Café Cultura, Youth on Record, Picture Me Here and others.
  • July 17
    • Fútbol Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Biennial Pavilion
      Conversation on Soccer as Development with the Colorado Rapids, One World Play, Inter American Development Bank, America SCORES, and Soccer for Success; guest lecture by Erick Meyenberg.
    • Fútbol Friday at Civic Center Park, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
      Soccer in the Park, Futsal Demonstration and Clinic by Soccer for Success, Youth Skills Course hosted by the Colorado Rapids and Drop-in Soccer for Adults.
    • Biennial Night @ Civic Center Park Featuring Bomba Estéreo, 5 p.m.
      The Biennial of the Americas partners with Levitt Pavilion Denver and Newman Center Presents to provide free performances, food and events for all ages in Civic Center Park.
  • July 18, Performing Arts Day
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Biennial Pavilion
    Redline Performing Arts NOW! And Playground Ensemble “New Music NOW!” which is a performance of eight chamber music ‘postcards’ thematically related to the Biennial, featuring young composers paired with professional composers.

“We look forward to hosting another year of world-class talent and thought leaders from throughout the Americas in this year’s Biennial of the Americas,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “These leaders will bring more than 25 different countries together to create a unique opportunity for patrons and speakers alike to discuss, question and work toward solutions that are affecting the Americas NOW!

The Biennial is pleased to have the support of major sponsors, including Liberty Global Inc., The Anschutz Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, EY, Escape Dynamics, Fundación Televisa, Itaú, Mercer and Sling TV. In addition, the Biennial is pleased to be working with the following partners and collaborators: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Art Museum, Museo de las Americas, Posner Center for International Development, BMoCA, Levitt Pavilion Denver, Newman Center Presents, the Colorado Rapids and Redline, among many others.

Confirmed speakers include: CEO and Vice-Chairman of Cisneros, Adriana Cisneros; CEO of Ibotta, Inc., Bryan Leach; Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode, Jim McKelvey; CEO of Kuepa.com and Author of Educación 3.0: The Struggle for Talent in Latin America, Undersecretary of North American Affairs, Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations, Dr. Sergio Alcocer; José Manuel Carrera; CEO of Global Thermostat, Graciela Chichilnisky; President and CEO of Liberty Global Inc., Mike Fries; Executive President of Televisa Foundation, Alicia Lebrija Hirschfeld; Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann; President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, Mark Tercek; President of Colombia (1990-1994), César Gaviria; Colorado Governor, John W. Hickenlooper; President of Chile (2000-2006) and Director of Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo, Ricardo Lagos; Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow; Denver Mayor, Michael B. Hancock and City of Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi; President of North America and Global Leader for When Women Thrive, Mercer, Patricia A. Milligan and Founder of the Haiti Women’s Foundation, Danielle Saint-Lot.

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Fitzgerald Petersen
Regan Petersen, 303-332-3896


Fitzgerald Petersen
Regan Petersen, 303-332-3896