We made over $12,500 ... all for the district.

40 West Arts District would like to extend its sincerest thank you to all who have supported our growing art district in 2019 and truly since it’s founding in 2011 — whether as a volunteer, sponsor, or patron of the arts, it is thanks to you that our momentum grows.

On October 12th, 40 West Arts held its 8th annual RIOT! Gala, our biggest party and only fundraiser of the year — and this year surpassed all others.

The evening of Colfax Curiosities kicked off with the sweet tunes of Yun_busks — a Denver based street perform, singer, and guitarist singing in both English and Korean.

While guests arrived they were also greeted to a fantastic spread of auction items from local businesses supporting the District - including an exclusive, limited edition print of the 2019 years illustrated cover of West Colfax Lately Magazine. (Stay tuned for news on how to get your hands on one soon).

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The night also featured performances by accordion dance duo dancer Bailey Harper and musician Nicholas Caputo ,who whirled around the airplane-hanger themed floor of Prestige Imports, engaging the audience and encouraging a few West Coflax-ian’s to dance. Street Magician Edward Hammond, too, dazzled guests with tricks during the evening.


Following this, more incredible items were raffled off and played away - including tickets and a hotel to see Meow Wolf Santa Fe and a getaway to beautiful Grandby, CO.


All in all, RIOT earned over $12,500 — all of which will go to continuing to bring amazing arts and culture programming to the district. This party for the ages proved once again to be a moment to celebrate and support all of the curious and creative programing that 40 West Arts District works tirelessly to bring to the West Colfax corridor. We would like to once again extend our sincerest thank you’s to our venue sponsor, Prestige Imports, and to all of our sponsors for their continued support, and to you for being here with us. Thank you.


Prestige Imports

Benchmark Theatre

Calahan Construction

Cherry Creek Lifestyle

Mint & Serif Coffee House

Office Evolution

Reed Art & Imaging

Red Herring Art Supply


Bill & Jane Marino

Chicago Style Beef & Dogs - Joe & Luanne Margotte

Colfax Marathon

Mayor Adam Paul

Mayor Pro-tem Charley Able

Quentin & Liz Hartman

Mandy & Thomas Jeffries

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