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Denver Architecture Foundation

DAF champions the connections between architecture, culture, education and community through unique, popular programs. As Denver grows, DAF is our city's go-to resource focused on the ever-evolving built environment and architecture's relationship with our quality of life.

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Doors Open Denver

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Doors Open Denver (DOD) is an annual, FREE two-day event inviting participants to celebrate and explore Denver architecture. For one weekend every September, DOD opens the doors to places and spaces that make the Mile High City such a special city to live, work and play. From historic structures to contemporary builds and everything in between, DOD features architecture for everyone to enjoy through self-guided tours, expert-led Insider Tours, special activities and the juried Y/OUR Denver Photo Competition. Locals and visitors alike trek through the city turned museum - each site an exhibit filled with unique stories and design elements.

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Evidence of Program's Success

On the weekend of September 21 + 22, the 15th annual Doors Open Denver opened the doors to 51 architectural sites. In addition, our revered guides led 110 Insider Tours. An estimated 7,000 people explored these sites and tours. Plus, nearly 400 behind-the-scenes partners and volunteers helped make DOD 2019 a success.

DOD 2019 also shined a spotlight on one feature neighborhood: La Alma/Lincoln Park. Three neighborhood sites - Center for Visual Art, Su Teatro and Museo de las Américas - presented architecturally-inspired Arts + Culture Activities with contributions from 35 local artists.

Cleworth Architectural Legacy Project / Youth Architecture Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Teachers
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

The Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project enlivens K-12 classrooms with architecture education, inspiring learners to think critically about our built environment. With the help of architects, engineers and design professionals, teachers lead their students through CAL's multi-week curriculum packed with hands-on activities that build 21st Century Skills: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. By blending these skills with STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), CAL engages students in high-quality and fun classroom experiences.

DAF connects teachers to resources, training and support to implement CAL in their classrooms. Volunteers are one such resource, representing many of Denver's leading architecture and engineering firms. Together, teachers and volunteers utilize architecture as a tool for students to actively engage with their classroom subjects. CAL turns toothpicks and marshmallows into reimagined park structures using geometry lessons, and poster board and pencils into illustrated plans for a community recreation center applying civics lessons.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For nearly 20 years, DAF has leveraged CAL's unique learning approach to improve student experience and outcomes in Denver classrooms. CAL's popularity with teachers, students and teachers consistently grows. In an effort to expand CAL's impact, DAF has teamed up with local education consultants to evaluate CAL and build on program success.

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