For the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver, being an artist means more than creating. It also means playing a critical role in the Mile High City's growth.
That's why the museum has launched a new three-year program called "I'm An Artist" that provides 1,000 free memberships to Colorado-based working artists who apply.
"Colorado artists have always been a crucial part of our program, and this initiative takes our support one step further," MCA Denver director Adam Lerner said in a press release. "It puts a little more wind in the sails of the many creative individuals who add vitality to the life of the city, regardless of their career stature."
The museum will host a launch party tonight at 7 p.m. to celebrate the program, which MCA Denver says is the first of its kind in the state.
Some institutions around the country, like the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, have similar programs. Others, like New York City's Museum of Modern Art, offer discounted memberships for artists.