The craftsmanship industry in Denver, CO has undergone a remarkable transformation over the years. It all began in 1898, when the Denver Artists Club was established by Henry Read and Elizabeth Spaulding. This was followed by the formation of the Department of Crafts five years later, which marked a renewed vision of the artisan. In recent times, workforce development has been a major focus of discussion.
This week, the Biennial of the Americas hosted a debate on this subject. Careerwise Colorado is making efforts to place young people in apprenticeship positions across the state. The Denver City Council's economic and labor development group is also organizing a series of round tables to address the shortage of construction labor.
Brewing beerin Colorado is nothing new.
However, around 1988, the art of artisanal brewing took off at full speed in the century-old state. This was a major milestone for the Colorado craft beer industry, which has since become prominent. The other story is that Denver was rejuvenated thanks to a small group of business leaders who invested in the city center, as illustrated by the story of Denver's Lower Downtown District, or LoDo.