Ginger White Brunetti talks about how Culture and Color relate and Denver’s Imagine 2020 cultural plan.

“Culture" is the color of our society. Culture is context and shared values, aspirations and conversations in manifest. It helps to create meaning, distinction and authenticity; and helps us make meaning out of the way we interact with each other and with our city. Denver’s new cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, is a roadmap for cultural development. The framework of the cultural plan – the seven vision elements – guides us by providing ways to build upon Denver’s vibrant foundation and further enhance our community. In the same way that visual designers are conscious about choosing visual color and composers about choosing auditory color in tones and voices, people in Denver are trying to be intentional about the way we color our cultural society. IMAGINE 2020 drew upon our communities’ culture of inclusiveness, collaboration, vision, pragmatism and creativity for formulation, and it will require these same cultural traits to be implemented successfully.

About the speaker

Ginger White Brunetti has over 15 years of experience in public and nonprofit sectors.

Through her vast experience, she has effectively positioned the cultural sector as a significant contributor to Denver’s economic vitality, liveability, placemaking and brand.

White Brunetti’s current position as deputy director of Denver Arts & Venues involves managing a $31 million budget that includes management of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, McNichols Building, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Coliseum, Colorado Convention Center and Denver’s Public Art Program. Additionally, she oversees the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, a 21-member Mayoral-appointed body that advises Denver Arts & Venues and approves public art. Prior to her work as deputy director, White Brunetti was the director of creative sector initiatives for the agency, where she developed and managed the advocacy, incubation, retention, and expansion of creative enterprises. During nearly 10 years with Denver Arts & Venues, she has been integral in launching Create Denver, Denver’s first creative sector initiative and developing IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s first cultural plan since 1989.

Before her work with Denver Arts & Venues, White Brunetti held positions with the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Human Services, Inc. and the High Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor of science in political science from Xavier University and a master of urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

White Brunetti is known for her ability to create meaningful and enduring advances in the cultural sector and for developing and implementing programming that advances Denver’s creative and cultural economy. In addition to her professional work, she currently serves on the boards of the Civic Center Conservancy, Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Denver Theatre District.

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