40 West Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is all about the arts—arts of all kind—and the energy and inspiration of creativity. 40 West Arts is a Colorado Certified Creative Arts District with a dozen galleries (and growing), multiple performing arts venues, more than 20 public art installations, and a variety of restaurants, cafés, diners, and pubs. 40 West Arts also operates a gallery that serves as a creative hub for its 100+ artist members and a gathering place for the community.
40 West Arts is focused on delivering direct, positive impact to help catalyze the resurgence of the West Colfax Corridor—the historic heart of Lakewood—through arts & culture and the energy of creative enterprises. (Read more at About.)
Watch a video featuring Bill Marino, chairman of 40 West Arts, to learn more about how 40 West is helping to transform West Colfax. And read this Denver Business Journal article to learn more about how creative districts are revitalizing communities throughout Colorado.
Congratulations to 40 West Arts & Bill Marino!
Bill Marino, chairman of 40W was honored with the John Madden, Jr.
Leadership Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
(CBCA) at the Business for the Arts Awards luncheon, hosting over 700
people on March 11, 2015. This award was presented to Bill Marino for his
influence in the creation and development of the Lakewood–West Colfax
creative corridor and of 40 West Arts. This signature Colorado event
began nearly thirty years ago as a way to salute exemplary arts and
business partnerships across Colorado. This is an incredible
accomplishment for 40 West Arts. Congratulations to Bill Marino and
every volunteer who has supported 40 West along the way. We look forward
to what is on the horizon!
WE DID IT!! The Artspace Proposal Was Approved by City
April 30 - First-ever West Colfax Lately Luncheon
On April 13, City Council chambers erupted
in applause when the votes were cast. Artspace was approved by a
unanimous vote. Thank you so very much to everyone who supported this
effort. We will certainly share more information about Artspace and the
pre-development process as it unfolds. In the meantime, we can revel in the fact that Artspace has 39 projects across the country—and that once they reach a pre-development agreement with a partner, they have ALWAYS delivered a project. They are 39 for 39—a 100% success rate. Spread the word—Artspace is coming to Lakewood! Learn more about Artspace.
40 West Arts District Brings Home TWO Best of Denver 2015 Westword Awards
Best New Public Art
- At more than 22 feet high, artist Christopher Weed's monumental
"Connected" wins Best New Public Art. Located at 14th & Lamar
Roundabout. Best Boundary-Pushing Theater in the Suburbs - The Edge Theatre wins its third award from the Westword in 2015.
Current 40W Gallery Exhibition: (Open Fridays & Saturdays 1-4pm)
Come to the 40W Arts Gallery to experience the exhibition titled Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity. This show includes youth artists on the autism
spectrum. The art is for sale and benefits the artists and Autism Speaks
local chapter. The show, presented by Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative and
40 West Arts District, is open Fridays & Saturdays, 1-4pm. Exhibition Dates: April 4 - April 25.
Join us for the first annual West Colfax Lately Luncheon on Thursday April 30th, from 11:30-1pm. The event will celebrate the renaissance of our historic corridor and honoring our Legacy Award Winner two Momentum Award Winners. Don’t miss this event, sponsored by Management Solutions, at Lakewood Country Club and including special surprise entertainment. Tickets available here.
Call For Entries! - “Wonders of Nature” Art Exhibition
40 West Arts for our 4th annual INSPIRE show: “Wonders of Nature”: an
arts exhibition celebrating the colors and textures of the natural
world—from landscapes and wildlife to galactic grandeur and microscopic
mysteries. Deadline for entry is May 1. Learn more. x
-June 5 – July 11
-Opening Reception event: June 5, 5-7pm at 40 West Gallery—all part of Lakewood’s INSPIRE! Week
-40W 4th Wednesday event: June 25, 5:30-7pm
Call For Exhibitors (Artist & Non-Artist)! - 1st Annual MuralFest
This vibrant art experience in 40 West Arts District will feature
juried artists from across the country who will create an outdoor art
gallery of murals--culminating in a one-day celebration of art, music,
food, and creative activities on August 8. The festival will feature many exhibitors who will display/sell their work as well as share their business. If you would like to be considered as an exhibitor at MuralFest, click here to learn more. Deadline for entry is April 30.
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Call For Entries! - "Art of the Wheel" Art Exhibition
This August, the "Art of the Wheel" exhibition will be a month long show planned to celebrate our transportation corridor history and its future. This show will expand upon the interest and range displayed at the 2014 Hubcap Art Show. Deadline for entry is June 19. Learn more.
Art of the Wheel Exhibition Dates:
-July 29 – August 29
-Opening Reception event: July 29, 5-7pm at 40 West Gallery
-Saturday, August 8th, 2015: open 12-6pm; Extra hours at the gallery in conjunction with West Colfax MuralFest, occurring ½ block adjacent.
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A Colorado Certified Creative District
40 West Arts was selected as one of twelve Colorado Certified Creative Districts in 2014. The award brings both recognition and resources to implement programs that strengthen the arts locally and elevate the profile of Lakewood as an arts destination. Learn more
about what it means to be a Colorado Certified Creative District.
As a Colorado Certified Creative District, 40 West Arts is supported by grants from our partners at Colorado Creative Industries
and the Boettcher Foundation. Enjoy the arts through the Colorado Creative Industries video series Beyond the Gallery