Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF) is a nationally known arts and cultural district, encompassing hundreds of artists, galleries, studios, theaters, and creative businesses along Santa Fe Drive in Denver, Colorado. ADSF is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit membership organization.
The Arts District, looking north along Santa Fe Drive from 8th Avenue.
The organization formed in 2003 and became one of the first Certified Creative Districts in the state of Colorado in 2012.
Denver's Art District on Santa Fe spans from 13th Street on the North to Alameda Avenue on the South, and Kalamath Street on the West to Inca Street on the East. It is primarily located in the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver, but it also overlaps the Baker neighborhood. The stretch of Santa Fe was once a buffalo migration route, and the first settlers arrived in the mid-1800s. The area was home to waves of immigrants, initially from Europe and Russia, followed by Mexicans fleeing the Revolution of 1910.
It is home to significant entertainment and cultural pillars such as:
- 7s Management
- AEG Presents
- CHAC Gallery & Cultural Center
- Colorado Ballet
- DIME Denver
- Museo de las Americas
- Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Art Center
Hundreds of galleries, artist co-ops, and artist studios also call the Art District on Santa Fe, including:
- Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver
- Denver Art Society
- Mai Wyn Fine Art
- Leisure Gallery
- Michael Warren Contemporary
- ReCreative Denver
- Rule Gallery
- SPACE Gallery
First Friday Art Walks are the signature event of Denver's Art District on Santa Fe. This free event occurs every month, year round, and draws up to 15,000 attendees in the summer months. In 2016, the organization launched "The Art of Brunch," a free art gallery brunch crawl. And in 2017, "Art on Film" was launched. The program provides free, arthouse movie screenings outdoors alongside live music and food trucks.
Westword named the Art District on Santa Fe the "Best Art District" in 2017. It also was awarded the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2012.