Our Mission


The RiNo Art District, with support from the RiNo BID and the RiNo Denver GID, directs resources to programs that creatively, sustainably grow the district and direct its future.

INITIATIVES

RiNo Stories/News features the latest initiatives and other RiNo Art District news, stories about RiNo members, RiNo Artists exhibiting outside the district (RiNos @ Large), and more.

RiNo Stories/News

Who We Are


The RiNo Art District is a distinctive area of north Denver that is inclusive of four historical neighborhoods: Globeville, Elyria- Swansea, Five Points and Cole. The district started as a grass roots movement by local artists that wanted to connect the arts organizations in the area. Today, RiNo is comprised of four organizations, the RiNo Art District (the 501(c)(6) nonprofit arm, registered neighborhood organization, and state certified creative district), the RiNo BID (Business Improvement District), the RiNo GID (General Improvement District), and Keep RiNo Wild (the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising arm). Together, these organizations fund and support the area through advocacy, infrastructure improvements, artist support, community programming, business support, and events.

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Learn More


We invite you to join us at our now bimonthly RiNo Talks, which take place the 2nd Thursday of the month from 5–7 PM at rotating locations around the RiNo Art District. Each meeting focuses on a different topic and provides an opportunity for you to meet other stakeholders. Learn and talk about issues impacting the district and surrounding neighborhoods!

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Our History

As a former industrial hub, the RiNo Art District is a part of four historic neighborhoods, Five Points, Cole, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea in Denver, Colorado. During the turn of the last century the area was home to foundries, pattern shops and industrial uses that helped drive the economic success of Denver. As industry moved out of the city's core in the late 80s and 90s, the corridor was left with several vacant warehouses and a failing infrastructure. During this time artists began to populate the area as prices were very affordable and the area was fertile ground for arts, artists and creatives.

In 2004, local neighborhood leaders and the City of Denver began work on the River North Plan and ways to revitalize the area.

In 2005, local artists Tracy Weil and Jill Hadley-Hooper joined forces and created the River North Art District with the desire to create a creative community that would connect the artists that made the area their home. "We really just wanted to sell more paintings," says Weil. Starting with 8 members the district quickly grew to 50 members within one year.

Ten years later, RiNo bloomed with a community empowered, two new special districts and the desire to usher in a new era for the district with art as a common thread.

Historic Neighborhoods