The global scavenger hunt returns!

World Art Drop day is a global scavenger hunt created by Utah resident Jake Parker. He wanted to find a way to create connections between people, bringing random strangers together through creating and giving away art. This year’s event takes place on September 1, and there's still plenty of time to get involved.

Here in Denver, the event is run by Denver Arts & Venues. Artists create original works to give away in their communities, hide them, then post clues and hints about the location on social media. Then, they wait to see if anyone finds their creation. Denver’s artists have responded very well to the event and it has grown in popularity every year, since its 2016 debut in the Mile High City. At least one thousand artworks were hidden in the city in both 2018 and 2019!

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Courtesy of Denver Arts & Venues

The art can be anything from fine art, sculpture, woodworking, to crafts or performance art; musicians have participated, soap makers, jewelers, sketches, anyone who wants to can get involved. Several local artists have been giving previews on Facebook of what they are working on. Non-creative folks can get in on the fun by watching the clues on social media and getting out there to find that art.

Clues can be found by following Denver Arts & Venues Facebook page, joining the Art Drop Denver Facebook group, and searching social media for the hashtag #ArtDropDenver.

This year’s event will take place in person as well as online. A new online shop featuring artists who are participating in this year’s event, as well as some from past events. Those interested in being a part of the online shop can find out more and submit their information online. See what artists are already profiled on the online store at artsandvenuesdenver.com/artshop.

“We’ve supported Art Drop Day for several years, promoting the opportunity for artists and community members to connect through art,” said Denver Arts & Venues executive director Ginger White Brunetti. “But this year is special.”

The online shop is one way to support local artists who have been impacted by the pandemic and recent economic concerns. Art Drop Day is also a wonderful way to get out and explore the city, learn about art, and meet new people. Sounds like a win-win to us!

Have you participated in Art Drop before? Do you have any favorite local artists we should be on the lookout for? Give us the scoop in the comments.