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A state-of-the-art aerial arts studio and performance venue located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.

A venue that is dedicated to promoting and supporting the growth of aerial arts and fostering a thriving community of performance artists.

A 501(c)(3) space that is funded entirely by donations from local businesses and philanthropists who want to take part in the evolution of the performing arts in Colorado.

A venue uniquely committed to providing the space for free to artists for their rehearsals, workshops, and performances.

pneuma (n.)

"Pneuma is the concept of the "breath of life," a mixture of the elements air (in motion) and fire (as warmth)... Pneuma is the active, generative principle that organizes both the individual and the cosmos. In its highest form, pneuma constitutes the human soul..."

Why does Colorado need Pneuma?

Overall, access to a rent-free venue or dance studio space empowers the community by promoting physical and mental well-being, fostering artistic expression, nurturing talent, strengthening social connections, and providing opportunities for education and engagement. It contributes to the cultural vitality and overall quality of life within the circus and community of Colorado.



Let's grow together..

How would it work?

Operating a donor-funded rehearsal space and performance venue in a way that provides equal opportunity to artists requires careful planning, transparent policies, and a commitment to inclusivity.

  1. Transparent Application Process: Pneuma would establish a clear and transparent application process for artists interested in performing at the venue. Provide detailed guidelines, including eligibility criteria, application deadlines, and required materials. This ensures that all artists have equal access to opportunities!

  2. Selection Committee or Panel: Form a diverse and unbiased selection committee or panel consisting of professionals from the arts community. This committee should evaluate the applications based on predetermined criteria, such as artistic quality, diversity, originality, and relevance to the community we are trying to nurture. 

  3. Rotating Schedule/Programming: Implement a rotating schedule or seasonal programming to accommodate a larger number of artists. This approach ensures that different artists and art forms are given opportunities to perform at the venue over time. 

  4. Representation of Different Art Forms: While the space would be ideal for circus performance, it would still be flexible to showcase a diverse range of art forms, such as dance, theater, music, visual arts, spoken word, and interdisciplinary works. This helps to ensure that artists from various disciplines have equal opportunities to present their work and enrich the greater performance community.

  5. Outreach and Promotion: Implement proactive outreach efforts to engage artists from diverse backgrounds and communities. Collaborate with local arts organizations, community centers, and educational institutions to promote the venue and its opportunities. This helps to attract a wide range of artists and ensures equal representation and inclusivity.

  6. Support and Resources: Provide additional support and resources to artists, especially those who may have limited financial means or technical expertise. This can include technical assistance, marketing support, mentorship programs, or workshops to help artists improve their skills and increase their chances of success.

  7. Evaluation and Feedback: Establish a system for evaluating performances and gathering feedback from artists and audiences. This feedback loop helps improve the selection process and venue operations, ensuring continuous growth and fairness.

  8. Ongoing Community Engagement: Maintain open communication with the arts community and actively seek input and suggestions. Regularly engage with local artists, organizations, and community members to understand their needs and concerns. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of ownership and ensures that the venue remains responsive to the community it serves.

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