Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The events planned for Wednesday, March 14 are for early bird arrivals and not part of the official 2018 AASL Conference. Please let us know upon registration, if you plan to participate in these events.

3:30-5:00 pm Tour | Denver Public Library
Meetup Location: TBD

Please join Central Library Administrator, Rachel Fewell, for a tour of the iconic Denver Public Library. The 540,000 square-foot Central Library is made up of two buildings – a 1956 modernist design by Burnham Hoyt, and a 1995 addition designed by Michael Graves – that have been integrated to read as a single composition. The Denver Central Library, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as an architectural anchor for Downtown Denver.

6:00- 8:00pm Cocktails at the Cooper Lounge, Union Station
Meetup Location: TBD

The elegance of the Orient Express. The high style of travel by California Zephyr trains. In another era, The Cooper Lounge would have been mentioned in the same breath. The Cooper Lounge pays homage to the era of chic cocktail lounges. Situated in the mezzanine of Denver Union Station (originally constructed in 1881 in Beaux-Arts-style), the lounge offers inspiring views — vibrant downtown Denver seen through soaring 28 foot high cast-iron windows on one side, and the panorama of the Great Hall on the other.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

5:00 pm-7:00 pm Tour | Public Art and the Built Environment
Meetup Location: TBD

The city of Denver is known for its wealth of public art projects, a strong concentration of which are located in the downtown area. From the iconic blue bear peering into the Convention Center window to realist early 20th-century monuments, this tour will explore the urban context of downtown artworks and address the question of how visual arts projects contribute to the shaping of urban space. (Inclement weather will emphasize interior spaces.)

7:00pm Group Dinner | Paramount Cafe
Tour will end at the Paramount Cafe

Friday, March 16, 2018

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Tour | Downtown/LoDo Urban Design + Architecture
Meetup Location: TBD

The Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood of Denver has undergone tremendous change in the past decades. This tour will take us through the 16th Street corridor to LoDo, walking us through the neighborhood’s history and the recent changes to this historic area. The tour will be led by Ken Schroeppel, University of Colorado Denver assistant professor in the Urban Planning department. (Inclement weather will emphasize interior spaces.)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The event planned for Saturday, March 17 is a bonus tour. If you plan to stay in Denver or have a late flight, please join us for the RiNo Tour. Please let us know upon registration, if you plan to participate.

9:30am-12:00pm Tour | RiNo – River North Art District Tour
Meetup Location: TBD

Join us for a tour of the River North (RiNo) district, a longtime artist enclave recently subject to significant revitalization. This tour will focus on murals, architecture, and urban redevelopment in the RiNo district, a short walk from the conference hotel. Brunch options abound after the tour.