40 West Art District’s “art loop” connects Lakewood’s parks to its arts

Its name hasn’t been announced yet.

ashley-dean-square-crop
Box Step dancing steps connect various stops on the 40 West Arts District loop. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

40 west arts district; west colfax; lakewood; bid; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado; denver;

Box Step dancing steps connect various stops on the 40 West Arts District loop. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The city of Lakewood and 40 West Arts District are unveiling an “arts loop” that connects the art district’s galleries and studios to parks, public art installations and public transportation.

The walking and biking path around northeast Lakewood laps the 40 West Arts District, passes by Lamar Light-Rail Station and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and winds through Walker Branch, Mountair and Aviation parks. There are 25 public art installation either directly off the path or close by.

A mural before Casa Bonita's unmistakable steeple. The 40 West Arts District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

40 west arts district; west colfax; lakewood; bid; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado; denver;

A mural before Casa Bonita's unmistakable steeple. The 40 West Arts District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the loop a $100,000 Our Town grant, the largest amount the program gives.

Its name hasn’t been announced yet. That will happen next First Friday, Feb. 3, at Hi Little One Gallery, 1528 Teller St., where 40 West will host an open house with free pizza from 4 to 7 p.m. 

You can get a good look at the route here. Here’s a snapshot:

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 11.33.13 AM

Screenshot of the 40 West Arts District loop via lakewood.org.

Hi! You’re like us!

Looks like you’re the type of person who reads to the ends of articles! Well, true believer, you might really like our morning newsletter. It’s quick, free and gets you up to speed on the important and delightful things happening right here in Denver.

Thanks for reading another Denverite story

Does Denverite help you feel more connected to what’s up in your area? Do you want to be a part of it?

Member donations are critical to our continued existence and growth.

You’re our superpower

Denverite supporters have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.

You’re our superpower

Denverite members have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.