By Liz Black
The City of Lakewood was honored recently by Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) with the 2019 Business for the Arts award. This award celebrates the collaboration spearheaded by the city to create and implement the 40 West ArtLine, a 4-mile walkable, bikeable free outdoor art gallery.
The ArtLine was created to connect visitors with the intersection of art and the outdoors and would not be possible without the collaboration and support of the Lakewood West Colfax Business Improvement District, 40 West Arts District, Community First Foundation and an initial major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The 40 West ArtLine connects an actual green line on the pavement to three northeast Lakewood parks and over 70 new and existing art installations including three major sculptural pieces inspired by the Stegosaurus (Colorado’s state dinosaur) by artist team PUNCH and many ground murals, interactive mural games, interactive pieces, fence art and more.
Visitors can pick up the green line anywhere along the route or by taking the W Line Light Rail train from Union Station to the Lamar Street stop.
The 40 West ArtLine is a free, inclusive outdoor amenity open to all and envisioned to be the longest continuous arts experience in Colorado.
Celebrate West Colfax at Our Annual Luncheon
It’s that time again! The 5th Annual West Colfax Lately Luncheon is slated for Thursday, April 25, at the Lakewood Country Club. The West Colfax Lately Luncheon is an annual celebration of the energy and momentum happening along West Colfax. Join us in honoring this year’s LEGEND and MOMENTUM Award winners and enjoy the special West Colfax-themed entertainment! In fact, we’re bringing back Benchmark Theatre for a second year for a West Colfax-inspired Saturday Night Live skit. Join in the fun to support WCCA and celebrate the renaissance of Lakewood’s historic West Colfax corridor.
All are welcome to join and this exciting event is great for anyone looking to get involved with the West Colfax community. Meet local business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, creatives and more at this fun event.
Grab your tickets here (they will sell out): https://westcolfax.org/west-colfax-lately-luncheon.
First Fridays in 40 West Arts
The First Friday of the month is always a good time to experience 40 West Arts District. From new art exhibitions to networking with creatives, meeting an artist or listening to live music, First Friday is one of the best times to see, feel and experience everything that 40 West Arts has to offer. The district is open from 6 to 9 p.m., so grab a friend or a kiddo (we’re always family-friendly) and head on over. As we like to say: local artists are local entrepreneurs are local businesses. So stay local, buy local, support local with 40 West Arts.
Learn more at 40westarts.org.