48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art & Conversation

August 10 & 11, 2018


About 48 Hours

48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art & Conversation Summit is a two day summit and exhibition that engages cultural organizations, non-profits, artists, and individuals to share their expertise on cultural responsiveness, social responsibility, and collective leadership. Inspired by Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, 48 Hours aims to promote positive social change through creativity and innovation.

48 Hours is free and open to everyone; however, we encourage attendees to register online early! 

General Schedule

Friday, August 10 

9 am Breakfast Kickoff

Daytime Programming (10 minute talks, workshops, etc.)

6 - 9 pm Arts in Society Grantee Exhibition Opening 

Saturday, August 11

9 am Performances

Daytime Programming (10 minute talks, workshops, etc.)

4 - 6 pm Cocktails and Socially Engaged Art Projects

6 pm Community Dinner



48 Hours 2018 Theme

Movements: Transcending and Traversing




1. an act of changing physical location or position or of having this changed.

2. a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas.

When lies are taken as truth, when apathy is too great, when we are left vulnerable, we have no choice but to Move!

What is a movement? What does movement mean in the context of  political standoff? How does the voluntary and involuntary movement of individuals and groups change the geographic and cultural landscapes of our communities? How do we move beyond- the antiquated, the polarizing, the siloed, the inequitable?

In a time of rapid movement and constant change, how do we stay rooted in our histories, traditions, and our ideals while continuing to progress forward to more positive and equitable futures?

48 Hours supports Denver’s  Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan and creates a platform by exploring the tenets of the plan.



Thank you for submitting proposals to 48 hours 2018! We will be notifying applicants in mid to late June.