Ginger White, in her role as Executive Director for Denver Arts and Venues, brings people and places together through art, inspiring community and vibrancy in many of Denver’s public spaces. Ginger found a love for art from an early age. Most recently Ginger has been instrumental in the revitalization of the McNichols Building, creating long-term plans for the Denver Performing Arts Complex and the Colorado Convention Center, and launching the Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan.
The Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan is a roadmap for cultural development in Denver that draws upon our communities’ culture of inclusiveness, collaboration, vision, pragmatism and creativity.
… “But I still had this interest in urban planning,” she said. “I was fascinated with what makes cities great, what makes them function or not function. And one of the answers was that arts make cities great. Arts build communities and make them livable.” - Denver Business Journal
Come meet Ginger in a festive location for candid conversation about art, culture, and creativity in cities and learn about her vision for a more vibrant and inclusive Denver.
Light snacks, first drink, and inspiring conversation included with your RSVP below!
About Ginger White:
Ginger White has over 15 years of experience in public and nonprofit sectors. Through her vast experience, she has effectively positioned the cultural sector as a significant contributor to Denver’s economic vitality, liveability, placemaking and brand.
White’s current position as executive director of Denver Arts & Venues involves managing a $59 million budget that includes management of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, McNichols Building, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Coliseum, Colorado Convention Center, Denver’s Public Art Program and citywide cultural programs. Additionally, she oversees the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, a 24-member Mayoral-appointed body.
White also served as deputy director for Arts & Venues for six years and director of creative sector initiatives for the agency, where she developed and managed the advocacy, incubation, retention, and expansion of creative enterprises. During nearly 14 years with Denver Arts & Venues, she has been integral in launching Create Denver, Denver’s first creative sector initiative and developing IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s first cultural plan since 1989.
Before her work with Denver Arts & Venues, White held positions with the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Human Services, Inc. and the High Museum of Art. She holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Xavier University and a master of urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an accredited urban planner by the American Planning Association.
White is known for her ability to create meaningful and enduring advances in the cultural sector and for developing and implementing programming that advances Denver's creative and cultural economy. In addition to her professional work, she currently serves on the boards of the Visit Denver, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Theatre District.