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If you know and love Denver like we do, or you’re just learning to, you surely have some tales to share — or something that only you would be able to tell — from your own perspective. I Am Denver is us. It’s our history told in our voices, through our stories about our families, neighborhoods, schools and favorite restaurants. Ourselves. 


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Aug 30, 2019

Polly Baca Blazed a Trail for Latinas in Colorado and Across the Nation

From a segregated farm town to the Colorado statehouse and onto the national political stage, Polly Baca has been crashing through glass ceilings for decades. She was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1974 and to the Colorado Senate in 1978, serving in the State Legislature for 12 years.

Aug 21, 2019

Denver Actor Peter Trinh Tells Parents’ Immigration Story in One-Man Play “Boat Person”

Denver actor, playwright and standup comedian Peter Trinh says, “The story of my people is one of triumph,” as he recounts “the most American story” in his one-man play “Boat Person,” based on his parents’ escape from Vietnam and journey to Denver.

Aug 12, 2019

Storytelling Lab: Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods

I Am Denver partnered with Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods and invited residents to a Storytelling Lab. After a writing workshop, they recorded their work on video and/or audio. Here are their stories.

Jul 25, 2019

Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Reflects on Education as a Civil Right for Kids

Anna Jo Garcia Haynes has been Denver’s driving force for early childhood care and education, spending well over 50 years providing visionary leadership to improve the lives of children and families across the state of Colorado.

Jul 23, 2019

Artists Bring Indigenous POP X, Comic Convention & Culture Fest, to Denver

Kristina and Rafael Maldonado Bad Hand came together over their mutual love of indigenous art and comics. They are helping to put on Denver’s first IndigiPop X, a three-day comic convention and pop culture festival that highlights indigenous artists, actors, creators and fans.

Jul 18, 2019

Storytelling Lab: Health Equity Collaborative Goes Home Again

Home plays a vital role to our health and well-being. I Am Denver, in partnership with Denver's Office of Health Equity, invited collaborative members who work for health equity in our communities to talk about what home means to them.

Jul 15, 2019

Adams Mystery Playhouse History And Tour

For the past 14 years, Carlos Cuellar and his wife, performer Marne Wills-Cuellar, have run a quirky murder mystery dinner theater in a storied location They take the #IAMDENVER team on a tour and explain how the Adams Mystery Playhouse came to entertain Denver.

Jul 05, 2019

Place Matters at Creative Strategies For Change in Denver's Five Points Neighborhood

The I Am Denver storytelling team attended a community event, in the Five Points Neighborhood, hosted by Creative Strategies for Change. Program Manager, Bianca Mikahn, tells us about the Community Cypher Open Mic event in celebration of intentional art and connection.

Jul 02, 2019

Henderson House: Colorado's First Black Architect's Home Is Now a Denver Landmark

John Henderson was the first African American licensed architect in the state of Colorado. He designed many institutional buildings in the City and County of Denver, but he was most proud of his family home in the Skyland neighborhood.

Jun 14, 2019

The History of Drag in Denver

The I Am Denver storytelling team presents, From Prohibited to Proud: The History of Drag in Denver. Denver's drag queens including Yvie Oddly winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 and members of the LGBTQ community tell their Denver stories spanning generations.

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Office Of Storytelling

Rowena Alegria, Chief Storyteller
Office of Storytelling - Human Rights & Community Partnerships
City and County of Denver
720 -865-9084




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