Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project

Art has the power to change the way we see and interact with the world. By re-imagining alleyways as artworks, Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project aspires to soften public space and encourage city dwellers to observe the overlooked parts of our urban environment. The artists include Carlos Frésquez, Kelly Monico, Stuart Semple (no longer active), Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan.

Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project—funded and produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District—brings additional public art to Downtown Denver. The goal is to surprise, delight and inspire those who experience the alleyways. The Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District are proud to present Between Us in addition to being a partner of Happy City: Art for the People.

The Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), with artistic direction from Black Cube and funding from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, launched “Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project,” to bring additional art to Downtown Denver’s most underutilized public spaces: alleys.

Public Body

By: Frankie Toan

16th Street Mall between Stout & California Streets (northeast side)

Y/OURS

By: Joel Swanson

16th Street Mall between Curtis & Champa Streets (southwest side)

Alley Cats

By: Kelly Monico

Between 14th and 15th Streets, Larimer and Market Streets

Alley Freshener

By: Carlos Frésquez

16th Street Mall between Stout & California Streets (southwest side)

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local and global publications have recognized the Between Us project
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additional alleys host awe-inspiring art in the heart of Downtown Denver

They joy that the alley art has brought is wonderful. Every day, I witness the installations brighten up people's days and provide surprises around every turn. Not to mention, the art diminishes the unwanted behavior.

Steve Shireman, Senior Manager, Downtown Denver Security, Downtown Denver Partnership