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Have you ever wanted a Big Blue Bear, like the one that is peeking in the downtown Convention Center, of your own? Here's your chance!

Denver Arts and Venues has started a new interactive arts website, and it wants you to get in on the action. The organization has started a fun competition that you can participate in by visiting Here, you will explore Denver's 400+ pieces of original works of art in the Denver Public Art program, as well as 350 Urban Arts Fund murals. You can get an online tour of your favorite pieces, or you can find new, hidden gems, and so much more.

"[A] fun feature of the website is the way that individuals can build and share galleries," explains Denver Public Art Manager Michael Chavez, "mapping out the art near their work or home. They can even curate a digital collection based on a theme just like the self-guided tours on the site"

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Sun Spot by Haddad | Drugan, a multi-piece artwork for Denver’s new Municipal Animal Shelter at the South Platte Campus. Courtesy of

While you are doing all that, you will earn points that could win you two 8-inch replicas of the Big Blue Bear (titled "I See What You Mean"), as well as a private tour of the Elmendorf Geurts art, engineering, and fabrication studio with Denver artist Nick Guerts. Two runner-ups in the contest will also win replicas. 

According to Denver Arts and Venues, you can earn points by:

  • Creating a profile at
  • Saving your favorite pieces to their online collection
  • Curating personal galleries online
  • Using the website to share art with friends
  • Visiting pieces in the Denver Public Art collection and checking-in at the artwork through the website
  • Building your own online self-guided tours

"We are very excited to invite people to explore," says Chavez. "The website has some great ways for users to engage – exploring the Denver Public Art collection using location-based maps or searching for artwork by neighborhood, artist, title or art type."

If your curiosity is piqued during your website adventures, and you want to see more of these impressive pieces in person, Denver Arts and Venues also offers free walking or bike tours. There are reservation-only and self-guided tours available.

You can learn more about this fun and friendly contest, check out Denver Arts and Venues news.