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MCA Denver's 25th Anniversary

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This year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is celebrating 25 years of sparking connections and curiosity through contemporary art and culture.

We owe our very existence to Sue Cannon, Marina Graves, Mark Sink, Dale Chisman, Lawrence Argent, and a few other enterprising Denverites who co-founded the city’s first contemporary art museum in 1996 with the mission to celebrate the art of our time in the heart of Denver.

The vision that drives us, 25 years on, is that we continually test the possibilities of what a 21st century museum can be. We strive to be both a singular site and a series of networks to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for the community of visitors, partners, and supporters we serve.

Over the years, we haven’t just produced original exhibitions at the forefront of the field of contemporary art, but annually, we’ve also produced nearly a hundred public events, including lectures, performances, and workshops that attract a youthful, engaged audience.

We owe so much to the city of Denver, which has embraced our antics and encouraged us to be our authentic, risk-taking selves. We have felt this city’s love every step of the way and are only able to celebrate this extraordinary milestone because of how Denver has embraced and supported us year after year.