The Denver Art Museum encourages the artist in us all, especially in children. The regular collection and current exhibitions include stations and creativity corners where visitors can create their own masterpieces related to the exhibits or contribute something that they make in the museum to a specific piece. For example ´´Aqua-Terra´´ /Terra-Aqua by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, is a walk-through forest concocted out of paper bags, which are reused and painted. There is a station with two tables and four chairs where one can fabricate insects and other animals to put in the forest. The museum provides the paper, scissors, and colored pencils. I made a multi-colored butterfly which I placed on the floor of the forest. In this way the viewer also contributes to the piece, which is in essence an eternal work in progress. By walking through, the pubilc also interacts with the work. As they become part of it by being in it at that given moment.
The Museum also maintains permanent collections of Spanish colonial art, Pre-Colombian art and art made by Spanish descendants from the southwest of the U.S.A. Currently, it also houses the exhibition ´´Glitterati; Portraits and Jewelry from Colonial Latin America.¨ In its permanent collection of Spanish Colonial Art,included are religious paintings and statues. The extensive collection of Pre-Colombian artefacts (jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, and other items) showcase indigenous pieces from all over Mexico, Central America and South America.
For those looking to explores Hispanic culture in Denver, they can experience centuries worth of art and interact with works by contemporary latinos, Spaniards, colonists and indigenous in Spanish America and the U.S.A.