On the website, the Denver Community Museum is described as a pop-up gallery. It’s a simple, yet brilliantly original idea; a temporary museum that will exist for less than a year, displaying rotating exhibitions consisting exclusively of call-for-participation submissions from Denver locals. This not-for-profit project is the brainchild of Denver local, Jaime Kopke.
Here’s how their vision will work: A Community Challenge notice will go out a month before an exhibit is scheduled to open. At the end of the month, the results will be collected and put on display within the Museum. Depending on the nature of the Challenge, exhibitions may include objects, videos, drawings, stories, etc.
Thanks to East West Partners and Riverfront Park, the DCM have secured a location for their first exhibition at 1610 Little Raven St., Suite 120. This means the process for securing submissions has also begun.
The Missing Map is the theme for the first Community Challenge. Simply, create any size globe, using any materials you wish and sharing any narrative you desire. The DCM ask that you take into consideration how your globe will be displayed (i.e. stand or suspended) and incorporate any necessary hardware, etc. into your design.
A few more details according to the DCM website:
Participants can interpret and solve the Challenge as they please. There is no minimum or maximum age limit, nor is there any particular skill level required. Contributors must be residents of the City of Denver. Participants will be required to sign a waiver form to enter their work.
At the end of the month, the results of each Challenge are collected and put on display within the Museum. Depending on the nature of the Challenge, exhibitions may include objects, videos, drawings, stories, etc.
Submissions for the first Community Challenge will be collected on Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th, from 12-5 PM at the Denver Community Museum gallery site. There is no charge for submitting work, and work will not be for sale. According to Ms. Kopke, the museum’s curator, “This is purely a community sharing project that will only be as good as the submissions we receive.”