The Derby Art District is an exciting new collaboration of studios and galleries being developed on the edge of Denver within the historic Derby neighborhood in Commerce City, Colorado. Currently, two venues comprise the district, but additional venues are planned. Jeanie King and Mark Sink, both long time Denver arts advocates, have collaborated to launch the district. The goal is to offer affordable art studios, gallery spaces and other amenities to support the arts. Venues will provide long-term space for artists and creative businesses. The district directly addresses the need for artist spaces related to escalating real estate prices and other issues that have impacted and displaced many in Denver's creative community. The initial buildings will offer studios that range in size from 300 to 1400 square feet and will cost approximately $1 per square foot.
Both buildings are now open, so stay tuned for more information about the district which will host special public events and more.
The Derby Art District is located just north of Denver city limits. Venues are situated approximately 7 miles north of the River North (RiNo) Art District. Interstate highways 76, 270 and 25 are very close and convenient, and, a new light rail station and RTD serves the area, which links the district to downtown Denver and other city segments.
The District will focus on community-building, and appreciates Derby and Commerce City leaders for their support of this vision and their belief in the value of the arts within the derby community.
The Historic Derby Downtown District is a triangular-shaped area defined by Highway 2 and E. 72nd Avenue. It's a quaint and colorful business area that boasts various small businesses including the Save-a-Lot grocery, Post Office, Tasty Donuts, and several Restaurants (El Jardin, Ho Mei Chinese), banks, and the Commerce City Small Business Development Center.
The Derby Art District is partners with the Commerce City Chamber of Commerce.